Adventures In History – Summer 2019


July 9 KBIC Cultural Dancers (Free)
July 17 Prehistoric Copper - Delaware (Fee $12 -$6 Members)
July 24 One Family In Central (Fee $6 -$5 Members)
July 25Geology Walk at Central (Fee $6 -$5 Members)
August 7 Alden Steck's Art
August 31 Bessie Phillips & E.R. Tour (Fee $6 -$5 Members)
September 11Neil Woodward in Concert (FREE)
September 28 Cider Making at Central (Fee $6 -$5 Members, Hot pasty lunch, $6.00 extra)

Tuesday Evening, July 9

The Meaning Behind the Dance: An exhibition of Ojibwe cultural dances.
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Dance Troupe

One of the riches of the Keweenaw is its Native American Heritage. Join us for an exhibition of Ojibwe cultural dances with explanations by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community’s Cultural Committee. The Eagle River Museum’s exhibit called “The Anishinaabeg: Keweenaw’s Native People” about the history of the Ojibwe will be open following the exhibition.
Tuesday, July 9, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Eagle River Museum, Houghton Township/Eagle River Community Center
FREE: Donations Appreciated


Wednesday Evening, July 17

Prehistoric Copper Metalworking Highlighting the Ancient Copper Pit at the Delaware Mine
Robin Hammer Mueller, Prehistoric Copper Researcher & Paul Schanen, Author of Patina

Long before modern mining, Native Americans were recovering and mining copper here, in what was the first use of metalworking by people in North America and possibly the entire world. By at least 8,000 years ago, a full-fledged copper industry existed in the western Lake Superior Region. This presentation will highlight the historic Delaware Copper Mine and its lesser-known but “Best in the U.P.” publicly viewable ancient copper pit. Ancient copper artifacts and hammerstones will be on hand for viewing. NOTE: Those attending will also be eligible for a tour of the Delaware mine following the presentation.
Wednesday, July 17, 6:00 PM–8 PM
Delaware Mine, Delaware MI
Fee: $12.00($10 KCHS members) 


Wednesday Evening, July 24

One Family at Central: More about Etta Hancock’s story
Ginny Simmons Ellis

This presentation follows up on the story in the May Issue of the Superior Signal. Born in Central in 1870 and writing her story in 1942, Etta Hancock told of growing up in the Keweenaw. Etta left a vivid account of her family in Ontonagon and Central, their perilous journey on Lake Superior, and her later adventures in the South. Ginny Ellis, Etta’s great-granddaughter, will bring Etta’s photo album from the late 19th century, tell more of Etta Hancock Cubberly’s story, answer questions, and invite us to share our own Keweenaw connections, as Etta did.
Wednesday, July 24, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Central Mine Methodist Church
Fee: $6.00 ($5 KCHS members )


Thursday Afternoon, July 25

Geology and Central Mine: A Walking Trail

Join us exploring the new trails at Central Mine as we walk through time as well as the woods. See the rocks and understand the geologic processes that left the copper in place in the Keweenaw. Examine some of the natural plants and wildlife along the trails. See the locations that the early miners used to develop one of the first and most profitable mines in the Keweenaw. Explore the townsite to visualize what life was like for these rugged pioneers 160 years ago. Be sure to wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring a walking stick if you normally use one.
Thursday Afternoon July 25, 2:00 PM –5 PM
Central Mine Visitor Center
Fee: $6.00 ($5 KCHS members)


Wednesday Evening, August 7

Alden Steck’s Copper Country Art: A Preview

Alden Steck, a nationally recognized artist and Copper Country native, built a summer cottage in Eagle River in the 1930s Through the 1970s Alden traveled the Keweenaw with his sketchbook, gathering ideas for his work. While his art reached national audiences, many of his subjects were from the Copper Country including scenes from Eagle River, Phoenix, etc. This open house will include a presentation about Alden, his work and its importance to the Copper Country and national art scene. There will be an exhibit of many of his paintings in the Houghton Township/Eagle River Museum Building from August 7 through August 24 during the normal Museum hours- Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 12 P.M. until 4 P.M
Wednesday, August 7, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Eagle River Museum, Houghton Township/Eagle River Community Center.

Saturday, August 31, 1-3 PM

Bessie Phillips Day and Eagle River Tour

Come help us honor lifetime Eagle River resident, hotel proprietor and local historian, Elizabeth “Bessie” Phillips. Bessie was born at Central Mine and moved as a young girl with her family to Eagle River to operate The Eagle Hotel. She was a correspondent for The Daily Mining Gazette from 1932-1967. A new Eagle River Museum exhibit and a presentation will highlight her significant contributions to Keweenaw history, and we will reprise the Eagle River walking tour she created for the 1961 Keweenaw County Centennial celebration.
Saturday Aug 31, 1:00 PM -3:00 PM
Eagle River Museum, Houghton Township/Eagle River Community Center
Fee: $6.00 ($5 KCHS members)

Wednesday Evening, September 11

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

Neil Woodward, Michigan’s Troubadour: Through the Eyes of a Song.
Join us on  Wednesday, Come and enjoy an evening of music by Michigan’s Official Troubadour. Hear old songs, new songs, and songs of the Keweenaw and elsewhere played on a variety of instruments. Enjoy an ice cream social hosted by George and Brenda Nousiainen.
Wednesday, Sept. 11, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Copper Harbor Community Building
FREE: Donations Appreciated

(Sponsored by George and Brenda Nousiainen)

Saturday, September 28

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 28, 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( THIS Brochure 2019 v2 )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.