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A group of Ontonagon County residents committed to preserving its history founded the society in 1957. Society members and volunteers carry out its mission: collecting and preserving historical material connected to the county of Ontonagon, housing such material for adequate display, and encouraging historical study and research by the public. We are part of the Keweenaw National Historical Park network of heritage sites that have the mission of telling the story of copper development in the region. We are also affiliated with the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers’ Association and are a member of the Historical Society of Michigan.

Located at 422 River Street, Ontonagon in a distinctive purple building, we have a large parking lot and mobility impaired restrooms. Pet owners, please note that we are pet-friendly! We house the Ontonagon County Chamber of Commerce Information Center in the museum building. If you want information about the county or suggestions about sights to see, places to shop and places to dine, stop in and one of our volunteers will be happy to help you. Our Summer History Interns, local high school students who work with us during the summer, and other volunteers want your visit to the area to encourage you to recommend us to your friends and to return for another visit. We meet on the third Thursday of each month, except August, for dinner and an educational program. In August our annual meeting is on the Sunday closest to the anniversary of the August 26, 1896 fire that destroyed almost the entire village.

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Help support the Ontonagon County Historical Society by donating. OCHS offers golden plates to memorialize loved ones or to list your name in history as a sponsor.  The plates are displayed in the entryway to the museum, or at the lighthouse.

Ontonagon Historical Museum

422 River Street
Ontonagon, Michigan  49953
(906) 884-6165