Adventures In History – Summer 2018

 

July 11 How Rocks Connect Us (Fee $6 -$5 Members)
July 22 Rescuing the Rescuer (Fee $6 -$5 Members)
August 1 Archaeological Survey and Discovery on Isle Royale (Fee $6 -$5 Members)
August 13Archaeological Exploration of the Phoenix Hotel and Eagle River's African American Community (Fee $6 -$5 Members)
August 18 Dedication of the S.S. Tioga pilot house restoration and exhibit
(Fee $6 -$5 Members)
August 29 The Meaning Behind the Dance: An exhibition of Ojibwe cultural dances (Fee $6 -$5 Members)
September 19Neil Woodward in Concert (FREE)
September 29 Cider Making at Central (Fee $6 -$5 Members, Hot pasty lunch, $6.00 extra)

Wednesday Evening, July 11

How the Rock Connects Us – Exploring the Geoheritage of the Keweenaw Peninsula and Isle Royale
Bill Rose and Erika Vye, Authors

The Keweenaw and Isle Royale host world-class geologic features and landscapes that have helped shape the cultural and industrial heritage of our region. This presentation highlights the remarkable geodiversity we hike over, paddle around, paint and photograph. We’ll also explore how our geology presents opportunities for sustainable economic growth, education, and destination stewardship as well as ways to get involved in Keweenaw Geoheritage events and programs.
Wednesday, July 11, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Eagle Harbor Community Building
Fee: $6.00 ($5 KCHS members)

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Sunday Evening, July 22

Rescuing The Rescuer: The Restoration of the Eagle Harbor Type-H Surfboat
George Powell, Powell & Crisp Planksters

Acquired by the Historical Society in 2001, the surfboat is now the centerpiece of the KCHS Lifesaving Museum.   While repairs were made prior to our ownership and during the years 2008-2013, it was in 2017 when George Powell and the crew at Powell and Crisp Planksters performed major restorations to make the surfboat safe to sail.  This illustrated talk will walk you through the challenges faced during the discovery phase, the reconstruction of prior modifications, structural restoration of the hull and deck, and finally the dressing up with paint and hardware.  Join George Powell as he explains the process of restoring the surfboat to fighting trim.
Sunday, July 22, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Eagle Harbor Community Building.
Fee: $6.00($5 KCHS members)
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Wednesday Evening, Aug 1

Archaeological Survey and Discovery on Isle Royale
Cultural Resource Staff, Isle Royale National Park

Island visitation has been dated to at least 4,500 years before the present, although recent sediment coring suggests much earlier use by indigenous cultures. Island life was quite varied and spanned a broad range of activities including fishing, hunting, and copper extraction.  Since ancient times, the island has witnessed numerous historic endeavors such as commercial fishing, copper mining, trapping, and recreation. Join park cultural resource staff as they summarize findings related to this summer’s queue of archaeological survey and testing.
Wednesday, August 1, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Eagle Harbor Community Building
Fee: $6.00 ($5 KCHS members)
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Monday Evening, August 13

Archaeological Exploration of the Phoenix Hotel and Eagle River’s African American Community
Timothy Scarlett and MTU Dept. of Social Sciences Research Team

The researchers from Michigan Tech are back at work in Keweenaw County. This summer students are digging at the ruins of the Phoenix Hotel in downtown Eagle River. We will answer two questions: 1. Are there intact archaeological deposits at the Phoenix Hotel site? 2. Can those deposits teach us important things about life in different communities in Eagle River during the 50 years of the Keweenaw’s mining boom? The Phoenix Hotel was marketed as the Keweenaw’s grand hotel and was also the workplace for many African American residents. Come hear about this summer’s discoveries!
Monday, August 13, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Eagle River Museum, Houghton Township/Eagle River Community Center
Fee: $6.00 ($5 KCHS members)
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Saturday, August 18, 1 – 3 PM

Dedication of the S.S. Tioga pilot house restoration and exhibit
Eagle River Museum Volunteers

Come to the dedication and exhibit of the restored S.S. Tioga pilothouse at Eagle River Museum.  The steel package freighter Tioga was launched in Buffalo, NY in 1884.  On November 26, 1919, she ran aground off Eagle River.  Residents of the town rescued a section of the pilot house, and it was a gift shop on Roy and Vivian Taskila’s property for many years. The Taskila family donated it to KCHS in 2015, and the society moved it and restored it outside the museum.  Prior to the dedication, a panel will discuss its remarkable history.
Saturday August 18, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Eagle River Museum, Houghton Township/Eagle River Community Center
FREE: Donations Appreciated
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Wednesday Evening, August 29

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.
Wednesday, August 29, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Eagle River Museum, Houghton Township/Eagle River Community Center
FREE: Donations Appreciated
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Sunday, September 2

Annual Memorial Mass, Phoenix Church

Sunday, September 2 @ 1:30 PM

Annual Memorial Mass and Open House

Free:  Donations Appreciated

Wednesday Evening, September 19

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 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, Evening, September 19, 7:00 PM – 9:00: PM
Copper Harbor Community Building , Copper Harbor ,
FREE: Donations Appreciated

(Sponsored by George and Brenda Nousiainen)
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Saturday, September 29

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 29, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
U.S 41 at Central Road
Fee: $6.00 ($5 KCHS members)
(Hot pasty, $6.00 extra)


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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.