Adventures In History – Summer 2017


June 28 Wreck of the City of Bangor (Fee $6 -$5 Members)
June 28 & 29 Rag Rug Workshop For Beginners (Fee $12 -$10 Members)
July 11 Map Your History with the Keweenaw Time Traveler(Fee $6 -$5 Members)(/a)
July 25I Worked Underground at a Michigan Copper Mine (Fee $6 -$5 Members)
August 7 Missing In The Copper Country
(Fee $6 -$5 Members)
August 19 Music of Keweenaw’s Historic Past (Fee $6 -$5 Members)
September 13Neil Woodward in Concert (FREE)
September 23 Cider Making at Central (Fee $6 -$5 Members, Hot pasty lunch, $6.00 extra)

Wednesday Evening, June 28

She’s Not As Shiny As She Used To Be: The Shipwreck Story Of The City Of Bangor
Mark Rowe, Maritime Historian

Join Mark as he tells the story of the 1926-shipwreck “City of Bangor” that was carrying a cargo of 230 new Chrysler automobiles to an auto dealer in Duluth, MN.  Mark’s story is depicted through historical photos of the hardships the shipwrecked crew endured until their rescue by the U.S. Coast Guard on the north shore of the Keweenaw. The story also covers the salvage efforts that spanned over ten years on the shore east of Copper Harbor.
Wednesday, June 28, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Copper Harbor Community Building
Fee: $6.00 ($5 KCHS members)


Wednesday, June 28 & Thursday, June 29

A Woven Rag Rug Workshop For Beginners
Susan Brown, Weaver and Owner of Not Just Rugs

During the Depression when many mines closed the people of Gay, Michigan turned their local craft of weaving rag rugs into a business known as Gay Industries. The KCHS has several of the original looms as part of its loom collection. This beginner’s workshop will start with selecting old clothing, sheets, etc. for use in weaving and then use the restored two-harness looms to create a completed place mat. This two-day event has a very limited enrollment of six so that each participant has his or her own loom to use for the workshop. Participants should bring a snack lunch each day. Drinks and light snacks will be provided.
Wed. & Thurs, June 28&29, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Historic Gay School Museum, Gay Mich.
Fee: $12.00($10 KCHS members)

Tuesday Evening July 11

Map Your History With The Keweenaw Time Traveler
Don Lafreniere and Sarah Fayen Scarlett, Michigan Tech, Social Sciences

The Keweenaw Time Traveler is an online interactive historical atlas that is changing the way we learn about, share, and explore the history of Michigan’s Copper Country. Join us to learn how you can compare old maps (many from the Keweenaw County Historical Society!) with current landscapes. Learn how you can contribute your own memories, knowledge, and photos of favorite locations throughout the Keweenaw and with Copper Country enthusiasts around the country. Plus, become a Citizen Historian and help transcribe maps and historic records to make the Keweenaw Time Traveler even better.
Tuesday, July 11, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Eagle Harbor Community Building
Fee: $6.00 ($5 KCHS members)

Tuesday Evening July 25

I Worked Underground At A Michigan Copper Mine
Jim Huovinen, Historian

Have you ever wondered what it was like to work underground in a Copper Country mine? The Calumet & Hecla Mining Company would hire college students as temporary summer laborers for various positions underground. Descend in the man car underground to 64 level with Jim and experience what occurred on his first shift at the Osceola # 6 copper mine in June 1965.
Tuesday, July 25, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Eagle Harbor Community Building
Fee: $6.00 ($5 KCHS members)

Tuesday Evening, August 8

Missing In The Copper Country
Lynette Webber, Keweenaw NHP

While some of the built history of the Keweenaw Peninsula is easy to spot roadside, the landscape familiar to residents during the copper boom has changed. Join Lynette as she presents the 2016 National Freeman Tilden Award project “Missing in the Copper Country.” This project integrates the current landscape with scenes from the past using image modification technology, transporting viewers back in time to the boom years by blending old photographs and new technology. This multi-faceted program involved youth programming, co-creation, original research and social media. Several Keweenaw County images will premier during this Adventures in History program.
Tuesday Aug 8, 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Eagle Harbor Community Building
Fee: $6.00 ($5 KCHS members)

Saturday Afternoon, August 19

Music of Keweenaw’s Historic Past
Susan Byykkonen, well known local pianist and accompanist

Audiences were delighted by Susan’s performance last year and asked for more.  In response to that request we have scheduled a concert Saturday August 19th at 2:00 p.m.  Susan will again be performing period music on the Restored 1852 W.P. Emerson Square Grand Piano.  Come join us as we step back in time.  The concert will be held at the Eagle River Museum in Eagle River.
Saturday, August 19, 2:00-4:00 PM
Eagle River Museum
Fee: $6.00 ($5 KCHS members)

Sunday, September 10

Annual Memorial Mass, Phoenix Church

Sunday, September 10 @ 1:30 PM

Annual Memorial Mass and Open House

Free:  Donations Appreciated

Wednesday, September 13

Neil Woodward, Michigan's Troubadour
Neil Woodward,
Michigan’s Troubadour

Neil Woodward in Concert
Neil Woodward, Michigan’s Troubadour
Come and enjoy an evening of music by Michigan’s Troubadour.  Hear old songs, new songs, songs of the Keweenaw and elsewhere played on a variety of instruments.  Enjoy an ice cream social hosted by George and Brenda Nousiainen.
Wednesday, Evening, September 13, 7:00 PM – 9:00: PM
Copper Harbor Community Building , Copper Harbor ,
FREE: Donations Appreciated

Saturday, September 23

Cider Making at Central (All Ages)
Tom Hall, Ron Lahti, Pat Ryan  

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 and enjoy the delicious taste of fresh cider. Bring a lunch or sign up for a hot pasty lunch. Wear sturdy walking shoes.
Saturday, Sept 23, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
U.S 41 at Central Road
Fee: $6.00 ($5 KCHS members)
(Hot pasty, $6.00 extra)


Click here for a PDF of the complete Adventures In History brochure, including a registration form which can be mailed to:
Keweenaw County Historical Society, 670 Lighthouse Road Eagle Harbor, Mohawk, MI 49950

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 Central Mine location with a Visitor Center, museums, and walking trails. 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.