Partners & Historic Sites

KNHP Heritage Sites & other partners:

Keweenaw National Historical Park

KNHPVisiting Keweenaw National Historical Park is different from visiting many other national park sites across the country. The park was established to preserve and interpret the history of copper mining on the Keweenaw Peninsula through partnerships. The National Park Service works with a variety of organizations, including public and private entities, to achieve this goal.

Most visitor services for Keweenaw National Historical Park, such as guided tours or museums, are provided by the park’s partners known as Keweenaw Heritage Sites.  Learn more at:

Old Victoria
Old VictoriaImmigrants dominated the population at the Victoria Mine, crowding into small company houses while they struggled to achieve a better life in America. Old Victoria’s four restored log houses give visitors a true feeling of the life they faced living and working at the copper mines of the Keweenaw near the turn of the century, attempting to make the American Dream their reality.

Spend some time in the past at Old Victoria.  Learn more at:

Adventure Mine

Adventure MineLocated in Ontonagon County at the base of the Keweenaw Peninsula in Michigan’s Western Upper Peninsula, the Adventure Mining Company in Greenland, MI is only a 30 minute drive from Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. We offer four guided underground tours of one of the best preserved copper mines in Michigan. Walk through part or all of the tunnels on the first level or try your hand at rappelling with a rope and harness to the second level of the mine…the choice is yours!

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Friends of the Porkies
The Friends of the Porkies is a nonprofit organization that represents the interests of all users of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. The Park has a breathtaking 60,000 acres of natural beauty located in Ontonagon County in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. A drive from Ontonagon along the shoreline of Lake Superior for about 20 minutes will bring you to the “Porkies.”

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Rockland Museum

rockland-museumThe Rockland Township Historical Museum is dedicated to the history of Rockland Township’s people, copper mines, businesses, and first telephone system in the state of Michigan. Its collections include photographs, newspapers, documents, and artifacts relating to mining, farming, military, schools, household goods.

For more information, call 906-886-2821 or write to Rockland Township Historical Museum at P.O. Box 296, Rockland, MI 49960.

Keweenaw Historical Society

Keweenaw County is Michigan’s northernmost county, and its smallest (in population). The county comprises the upper half of the beautiful Keweenaw Peninsula, that beckoning finger of land that sticks out into Lake Superior.

It is a region rich in history as well as natural beauty. Copper mining is a major historical theme, but commercial fishing, lumbering, maritime and life-saving history, and various ethnic stories are notable, too.

The Keweenaw County Historical Society, established in 1981, is a group of volunteers who work hard and take pleasure in commemorating and sharing that history.

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Baraga County Historical Society

The museum is located on US 41 in Baraga, Michigan, on the shore of Keweenaw Bay.  The museum is operated by the Baraga County Historical Society, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.  The Historical Society’s mission is to collect, preserve, and display artifacts and documents connected with Baraga County’s cultural heritage and natural resources and to educate the public. Exhibits highlight significant events as well illustrating what everyday life was like 50, 100, or 150 years ago.

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Houghton County Historical Society

The Houghton County Historical Museum Complex in Lake Linden was once the site of the largest copper milling operation in North America. Today, it is home to our Museum, and also to the Lake Linden & Torch Lake Railroad, the  one room Traprock Valley School House, the WPA era Leo Chaput Log Cabin and the Perl Merrill Research Center (which is our archives and genealogical facility). The HCHS Heritage Center, a former Congregational Church building built in 1887, is just around the corner.

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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.