Keweenaw County Historical Society

Caretakers of the past, stewards of the future


About the Keweenaw County Historical Society

The Keweenaw County Historical Society, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3)* organization, was established in 1981 to preserve and share the history of the county. It has over 1,200 members, many of whom are life members. It operates a number of museums that are open to the public in the summer, publishes a quarterly newsletter and several booklets, runs various programs for adults and children in the summer, maintains an archive of relevant documents, and actively maintains various historical properties.

The members of the Society have profound respect for those who  created the history we now study and preserve. And we have a profound responsibility to those who will come after, to ensure that the history is still there. We are the connecting link, and it is important that we do our job well. Every membership and every gift is vital – we could not continue the Society’s important and exciting work without such support.

The Mission of the Keweenaw County Historical Society is:
To discover, document and disseminate the history of Keweenaw County through research, historical property preservation and restoration, development and maintenance of historical museums and archival collections, the production and publication of historical focused media and the conduct of historical education programs and events.

Officers and Trustees of the Keweenaw County Historical Society

Society President - Lawrence J. Molloy
Vice President - Karen Hintz
Secretary - Anne Boggio
Treasurer - Nancy Molloy
Trustees -

  • Michael Cooper
  • Anita Campbell
  • Judy Davis
  • Elaine Hall, Deputy Treasurer
  • Mel Jones
  • Paul R. Freshwater (deceased)
  • Ron Lahti
  • John (Jack) B. Marta
  • Richard Mintken
  • Tim Olson
  • Mark F. Rowe
  • Virginia Schubert

Honorary Trustees -      

  • Virginia Petermann Jamison
  • Richard Dana
  • Peter Van Pelt
  • Eloise D. Liddicoat
  • Clarence J. Monette (deceased)
  • David H. Thomas
The Lauri Leskinen Award
The Lauri Leskinen Award is given for outstanding service to the Society. Each year the KCHS presents the Lauri W. Leskinen Memorial Award, named for the founder and first president of the Society, to someone who has made noteworthy contributions to the preservation and sharing of the history of Keweenaw County. The most recent recipient is Mary McKendrck who received the Award for 2019 at the Society's Annual Dinner on 9-15-2019.

    ALL KCHS buildings will NOT open in 2020 AND all public events are CANCELED for 2020

    Based upon the recommendations of various well-documented public health, government and organizational sources, at the May 21, 2020 Keweenaw County Historical Society Board Meeting it was decided that the Keweenaw County Historical Society not staff any facilities or open any buildings in the summer of 2020 in light of the risk of the spread of the Covid-19 virus. It is further the stance of KCHS that the organization does not want to be in a position where we, as an organization, inadvertently spread this virus to visitors or to our volunteers at KCHS facilities/activities in the U.P.

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