A KCHS tour on the cliffs near the Cliff Mine
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All of the KCHS Museums are closed for the 2013 season. We will post the 2014 schedule of activities in the spring.
Check the Sites and Museum Schedule page for hours and locations for all 11 KCHS museums for the past 2013 season.
|July 10||Hidden Stories Before Your eyes: Copper Country History (Fee $6 -$5 Members)|
|July 17||Fulton and Mohawk: Bookends of Keweenaw County Towns and Mining (Fee $20 -$15 Members, Hot pasty lunch, $6.00 extra)|
|July 19||Gold Medal Heroes of the Shipwreck of the L. C. Waldo (FREE)|
|July 20||Grand Opening of Life-Saving Museum (FREE)|
|July 26||Ancient Copper Miners of the Lake Superior Area (Fee $6 -$5 Members)|
|August 7||Images of the Keweenaw (Fee $6 -$5 Members)|
|August 21||Appreciating Mine Waste (Fee $20 -$15 Members, Hot pasty lunch, $6.00 extra)|
|August 25||Grand Opening of Eagle River Museum (FREE)|
|September 11||Neil Woodward in Concert (FREE)|
|October 5||Cider Making at Central (Fee $6 -$5 Members, Hot pasty lunch, $6.00 extra)|
WednesdayEvening, July 10
Hidden Stories Before Your Eyes: Copper Country History
Tom Baker, Park Ranger, Keweenaw National Historical Park
How much is right in front of you that you never 'see'? Join Tom Baker for a different perspective on our rich history, and find out how much we can learn by 'reading' the cultural landscapes that surround us. Refreshments
Wednesday 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Meet at the Houghton Township Community Building
Next to the Courthouse in Eagle River (Fee $6 -$5 Members)
Wednesday, July 17
Fulton and Mohawk: Bookends of Keweenaw County Towns and Mining
Larry Molloy, Historian, Ron Lahti, Ezra Haataja, Don Zappa, Long Time Residents and Historians
Fulton and Mohawk have always been closely aligned in spirit, employment, and community. Mining began near here in 1847 and continued through the 1960’s. Join us for a morning presentation which will examine the varied parts of the history of these towns and an afternoon tour by foot or car.. Bring a lunch or sign up for a hot pasty lunch.
Wednesday, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Meet at the Mohawk Horizon’s School, 110 Stanton Ave, Mohawk (Fee $20 -$15 Members, Hot pasty lunch, $6.00 extra)
Friday Evening, July 19
Gold Medal Heroes of the Shipwreck of the L. C. Waldo
Mark Rowe, Maritime Historian
Join Mark on the 100th anniversary of the shipwreck of the L. C. Waldo as he tells how the heroic actions of the Life-Saving crews from the Eagle Harbor and Portage stations saved 22 crewmembers, 2 women and a dog, and earned the rare and coveted Life-Saving Gold Medal. Visit with descendants of this event and enjoy refreshments.
Friday Evening 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Meet at the Eagle Harbor Community Center on M-26 in Eagle Harbor
FREE: as part of the Grand Opening of the Life-Saving Museum.
Saturday July 20
Grand Opening of the Life-Saving Museum
Saturday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Life-Saving Museum, Marina Road, Eagle Harbor, FREE
Friday, July 26
Ancient Copper Miners of the Lake Superior Area
Bob Wheeler, Copper Country Ancient Sites Conservancy
“America’s Ancient Industry”, a PBS documentary is ,a high quality film which explores what is known about some of the earliest inhabitants of the Keweenaw through interviews and depictions. Bob will lead a short discussion following the film. Artifacts from our collection in the History Building will be on display .Refreshments..
Friday Evening 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Meet at the Eagle Harbor Community Center, on M-26 in Eagle Harbor (Fee $6 -$5 Members)
Wednesday, August 7
Images of the Keweenaw
Jeremiah Mason, Archivist, Keweenaw National Historical Park
Join Jeremiah as he shares historic views of Keweenaw County from the archival collections of Keweenaw National Historical Park. Photos include images of Keweenaw County communities and families, as well as outings, excursions, camping trips, and other recreational activities that have characterized life in the Keweenaw for generations. Visit the Gay School Museum and see the progress of restoration. Refreshments.
Wednesday Evening, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Gay School Museum, Take the road from Mohawk or from Lake Linden, follow signs.(Fee $6 -$5 Members)
Wednesday, August 21
Appreciating Mine Waste
Sean Gohman, Archaeolgist, Tom Hall, Larry Molloy, Central Historians
More than a century of mining, milling and smelting has left its mark on the pristine beauty of the Keweenaw. Waste rock piles, stamp sand and slag can be found throughout the Copper Country, including at the early mining site of Central Mine. Many consider these wastes unsightly while others consider them a commodity waiting to be exploited. Is it possible to appreciate them as something more? Join Sean as he discusses this question at Central in an illustrated presentation. After lunch tour the rock piles and stamp sands at Central.. Bring a lunch or sign up for a hot pasty lunch. Wear sturdy walking shoes.
Wednesday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Meet in the basement of the Central Methodist Church, Central Road off U,S, 41 to Stage Coach Road, turn left (Fee $20 -$15 Members, Hot pasty lunch, $6.00 extra)
Steve Jones will provide music for the event. Refreshments will be provided. There will be a dedication ceremony at 2:00 PM. Tours will be available from 1 PM until 5 PM. The event is free and open to all. Click here to obtain a poster suitable for printing of the event.
Come and enjoy an evening of music by Michigan’s Troubadour. Hear old songs, new songs, songs of Michigan-i-a, songs of the Keweenaw and elsewhere played on a variety of instruments. Enjoy an ice cream social hosted by The Berry Patch of Coper Harbor.
Wednesday, Evening, September 11, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Copper Harbor Community Building , Copper Harbor , FREE
(Sponsored by George and Brenda Nousiainen)
Come and make cider from the heritage apples at Central. Pick your apples ahead of time or bring baskets to pick the apples at Central. Bring containers for the cider. Come at any time and enjoy the delicious taste of fresh cider. Bring a lunch or sign up for a hot pasty lunch. Wear sturdy walking shoes. The event runs from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM.
House 10 at Central Mine, up Central Road on the Right, U.S 41 at Central (Fee $6 -$5 Members, Hot pasty lunch, $6.00 extra)
Click here for a PDF of the complete Adventures In History brochure, including a registration form which can be mailed to Anna Roche, 379 Front Street, Eagle Harbor, MI 49950 or call Virginia Jamison at 906-337-2244.
Help preserve the Keweenaw's Heritage. Join the Keweenaw County Historical Society founded in 1981. The Society owns and maintains the Lighthouse Complex, the Rathbone School and the Life Saving Station in Eagle Harbor; the Eagle River Museum; the Bammert Blacksmith Shop and the Church of the Assumption in Phoenix; the school house at Gay and 58 acres at Central with a Visitor Center, historic buildings and walking trails. In 2010 the Society is opening a new historic museum in Eagle River and a Life-Saving museum in Eagle Harbor. Membership benefits include free admission to all sites, reduced rates for Outreach Programs, and free issues of our award winning quarterly publication, The Superior Signal.