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Caretakers of the past, stewards of the future.

Bammert Blacksmith Shop
Central Mining Town
Eagle Harbor Lighthouse
Eagle River Museum
Commercial Fishing Museum
Historic School at Gay Museum
Keweenaw History Museum
Eagle Harbor Lifesaving Museum
Maritime Museum
Phoenix Church
Rathbone School Knights of Pythias Museum

The Keweenaw County Historical Society is a group of volunteers who work hard to preserve and share 11 historic sites in one of the most historically rich counties of Northern Michigan.

History in a uniquely pure Michigan setting

Keweenaw County is Michigan's northernmost county (and its smallest in population). It comprises the upper half of the beautiful Keweenaw Peninsula, a beckoning finger of land that stands out on any map of Lake Superior.

It is a region rich in history as well as natural beauty. Copper mining is a major historical theme, but commercial fishing, lumbering, maritime and life-saving history, and various ethnic stories are notable, too.

Out of the way?

We are not on the way to anywhere. We are isolated by our geography, always have been. This is what makes us unique.
But far from being a dead end, the loop through Keweenaw County consists of a National Scenic Byway populated with national, state and township parks, waterfalls, museums,  lighthouses and Lake Superior vistas. We are a destination unto ourselves and well worth the trip.

Eagle River, the county seat of Keweenaw County is:

  • 574 miles from Detroit
  • 443 miles from Chicago
  • 369 miles from Minneapolis


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Life Saving Station Open House July 13,  10am to 5pm

As a Harbor of Refuge, Eagle Harbor is a community built on saving and comforting passing explorers, mariners, and visitors.

Come see how our brave crew did this in the past, and experience how we do it now.

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