Publications from the KCHS

The Superior Signal and Other Publications

The Keweenaw County Historical Society publishes the “The Superior Signal,” a quarterly publication which features society news and Keweenaw historical articles. This is a benefit of membership, and is not generally on sale otherwise. Several years ago this newsletter won an award of excellence from the Historical Society of Michigan. In addition the Society has published several books and two educational DVDs.

” A Brief Legal History Of Keweenaw County And  Its Townships”, This new book written by KCHS President Larry Molloy is

A Brief Legal History of Keweenaw County and Its Townships
A Brief Legal History of Keweenaw County and Its Townships

based on research for his recent Adventures in History presentation about the history of Keweenaw County townships. Using maps and citations it follows the many changes in ownership of the Keweenaw from before statehood through the creation of Keweenaw County and afterward. It details how townships were formed, removed, and sometimes reformed as the county grew and changed. The price is $10.

 

 

We Are Almost To The Camp
We Are Almost To The Camp

“We Are Almost To The Camp”, This children’s book is a story about the former mining camp of Central around 1950 where author Barbara Buckett Leary vacationed for many summers as a child half a century after the mine closed. It includes photos, artwork and stories about houses at Central, poor rock piles, berries, living without electricity, playing a Victrola, refrigerating foods in a stream, and other things Leary wanted her grandsons, Alvin and Francis Leary, to experience through her writing. The price is $13.

A Sesquicentennial History of Keweenaw County
A Sesquicentennial History of Keweenaw County

“A Sesquicentennial History of Keweenaw County” was authored by KCHS Board Member Paul Freshwater and published by the KCHS as part of the 150th celebration of Keweenaw County. It is the first publication to present the 150-year history of Keweenaw County, Michigan, from its founding in 1861 through its sesquicentennial year of 2011. This 24 page book is based on a series of articles published in “The Superior Signal” during 2011 and is full of many current and historic photographs. The price is $10. 

 

Copper Country Postcards
Copper Country Postcards

Another book that we have published is  “Copper Country Post Cards – A View of the Past From The Keweenaw Peninsula.” The author is Nancy Sanderson, a Life member of the Society since the early 1980s. The scenes captured in the nearly 300 postcards, many in color, from Nancy’s personal collection give a glimpse of what life was like in the Copper Country in the first half of the twentieth century. The book is hard bound and has a beautiful dust jacket. This is a must have for anyone interested in the history of the Copper Country and a great gift for people with ties to this area. The price is $30. 

Miskwabik - Red Metal
Miskwabik – Red Metal

Another book is called “Miskwabik – Red Metal: The Roles Played by Michigan’s Copper in Prehistoric North America.” This booklet is a reprint of an article by John R. Halsey, the State Archaeologist of Michigan, originally published in “Michigan History Magazine” in 1983, and reprinted by kind permission of the author. It describes the extraction and working of native copper in this region, going back perhaps 5,000 years, and the transport and trading of this copper over a wide area of what is now the eastern U.S. Carefully researched, highly readable, lavishly illustrated, and with extensive footnotes. The price is $6. 

 

10 Lights
10 Lights

For those interested in lighthouses we published “10 Lights: The Lighthouses of the Keweenaw Peninsula.” A small informative booklet with a brief history of each of the ten lighthouses of the peninsula, plus a brief historical essay on the development of lighthouses and their lenses over the centuries. It includes charming sketches of four of the local lighthouses, and a map showing the location of all ten. The price is $4. 

 

Central Mine
Central Mine

“Central Mine: Years of Hard Work, Lives of Pain and Hope.” focuses on the people who lived at Central Mine and how they made Central a successful copper mine. Central operated in the second half of the nineteenth century and was one of the most important copper mining sites in Keweenaw County. Although many of its buildings are now gone, some remain, and the KCHS acquired 38 acres there with the aim of preserving the social history of the copper mining era. This book has essays on the geology and mining of Central, the Central M.E. Church, the stories of several families that bring that era to life, pictures of remaining buildings, 1870 census details, and more. Very few former mine sites have been kept alive as Central has been, and this fascinating book is eloquent testimony to that. The price is $13. 

A Tour of Central - DVD
A Tour of Central – DVD

 

“A Tour Of Central (DVD)”, Take a virtual walk from the Central Mine Visitor’s Center to the restored workers homes, to the town’s iconic poor rock pile and the Memorial Garden. “A Tour of Central” is a seven-minute tender look at a long-ago time, with an engaging historical commentary written by Central Summer resident and KCHS Trustee Eloise “Duffy” Liddicoat. The price is $19. 

The Eagle River Museum Story
The Eagle River Museum Story

“Eagle River Museum Story (DVD)”,  Watch as the Cliff Mine and the towns of Clifton and Eagle River, each founded in the 1840s, become the forerunners of the hugely successful copper mining industry in the Keweenaw Peninsula. Follow the pioneer residents of Eagle River as they excitedly welcome the first ship that comes into the Lake Superior port after a long winter. Learn how Eagle River later reinvented itself as a summer haven after the mines and lake port closed. The ten minute DVD includes commentary written by Philip and Marcia Mason accompanied by historic photographs. The Price is $19. 

 

 

Keweenaw Kitchen Klips cookbook
Keweenaw Kitchen Klips cookbook

How about a book full of tasty Copper Country recipes? “Keweenaw Kitchen Klips” is full of recipes that you won’t want to miss. It took KCHS Trustee Gloria Jackson,who recently, unexpectedly, passed away, more than a year to assemble more than two hundred food favorites representing Keweenaw favorites. This is a must for any Keweenaw kitchen. The cost of the cookbook is $16. 

You may order these items by mail.

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Mail with check to: Keweenaw County Historical Society, 670 Lighthouse Rd., Mohawk, MI 49950. Sorry, no cards.

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