Keweenaw County Historical Society

Caretakers of the past, stewards of the future

Sites expect to open buildings during the week of June 20th.
Check individual site's page for opening dates and hours.

Upcoming events

    • 9 Jul 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Keweenaw History Museum Eagle Harbor Lighthouse Complex

    Author Larry Jorgensen and Mark Rowe, KCHS Maritime Chairman

     The "City of Bangor" shipwreck and amazing rescue of cars and crew is featured  in a new book:  “Shipwrecked and Rescued”.  The author Larry Jorgensen will sign copies and discuss the book. For each book purchased Mr. Jorgensen will donate $10 to KCHS. Maritime Chairman Mark Rowe also will be present to comment on the museum's exhibit which includes a 1927 auto rescued from the wreck, along with photos and other shipwreck memorabilia.

     Donations appreciated

    • 14 Jul 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Eagle Harbor Community Building

    Dr. Sarah Fayen Scarlett, Phd MTU Associate Professor of History

    Historic buildings reveal much about people’s unrecorded daily routines, via the houses, barns &
    townscapes we continue to use and see. Join us for an introduction to ongoing fieldwork revealing the history of brewing in Eagle River and the transformation of Eagle Harbor and Copper Harbor from frontier port towns to 20th century vacation resorts. Scarlett’s projects, undertaken with community members and students, will be highlighted on tours of the Keweenaw when the Vernacular Architecture Forum’s annual conference comes here in 2024.

    Fee: $6.00 ($5 KCHS members) 

    • 16 Jul 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Gay School Museum

    Don't miss the newest addition to the Historic School at Gay Museum:
    Copper Milling at Gay: A Lake Superior Story
    Ten panels placed throughout the museum tell the story of the
    Gay stamp sands from copper vein to lake including topics such as
    Buffalo Reef, Gay Industries, and copper processing.
    Join those involved with the research, writing, funding, and
    design of this permanent exhibit on...

    • 20 Jul 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Eagle Harbor Community Building

    Jack Deo, Photographer, Archivist, and Historian, Marquette, MI

    Using antique stereo views taken in the 19th century, we will visit iron and copper mines, Native American encampments, and many towns of Upper Michigan. Special 3-D glasses will be provided to take you back in time.

    Fee: $6.00 ($5 KCHS members)

    • 24 Jul 2022
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Phoenix Church

    The church is located on US Highway 41 in Phoenix, Michigan, at the junction of M-26 to Eagle River.

    • 4 Aug 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Eagle Harbor Community Building

    Brendon Baillod, Author, Diver, and Maritime Historian

    Enjoy Brendon Baillod’s stories of local harrowing and iconic shipwrecks, including some you’ve never heard of!  With high definition sidescan sonar imagery, Baillod will reveal shipwreck remains on our Lake’s floor, and review ships still missing in Keweenaw waters.

    Fee: $6.00 ($5 KCHS members)

    • 13 Aug 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • 14 Aug 2022
    • 4:00 PM
    • Eagle Harbor

    • 17 Aug 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Houghton Township Community Building Eagle River, MI

    Lynette Webber
    Interpretive Park Ranger
    Keweenaw National Historic Park

    Explore the lives of some notable - but little known - Copper Country women in Keweenaw history through an examination of archival photographs, census records, and other primary sources.

    Fee: $6.00 ($5.00 KCHS members)

    • 21 Aug 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Phoenix Church

    The church is located on US Highway 41 in Phoenix, Michigan, at the junction of M-26 to Eagle River.

    • 25 Aug 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Mohawk Park - US 41 - Mohawk, MI (Look for the stone fence)

    Back at last by popular demand, these Ojibwe cultural dances will be accompanied by explanations by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community’s Cultural Committee.  Bring a chair and join us for this outdoor presentation; wear shoes you can dance in!

    FREE: Donations Appreciated

    • 4 Sep 2022
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Phoenix, Michigan

    The church is located on US Highway 41 in Phoenix, Michigan, at the junction of M-26 to Eagle River.

    • 24 Sep 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • U.S 41 at Central

    Come and make cider from the heritage apples at Central. Pick your apples ahead of time and bring them to the event or bring baskets to pick the apples at Central. Bring containers for the cider. Come at any time. Consider stopping on your way to Central at our corporate sponsor, The Mohawk Superette, to pick up pasties for a picnic lunch. Wear sturdy walking shoes.

    Fee: $6.00 ($5 KCHS members)

    • 28 Sep 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Copper Harbor Community Building

    Join us for an evening of music by Neil Woodward, Michigan’s Troubadour and guests. Hear old songs and new, songs of the Keweenaw played on a variety of instruments.

    FREE: Donations Appreciated


KCHS museum sites and cottage rentals will be open for the 2022 season.  Please see the site and rental webpages for specific dates and operation information.

The Keweenaw County Historical Society’s Board of Directors will follow the COVID-19 Epidemic Orders issued by the State of Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services.  These public health orders are updated as needed, so KCHS may need to change access to buildings and events.

Please check back for updates.

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