One way in which the National Park Service cares for special places is through the Museum Management Program. Most parks maintain museum collections that help document the history, culture and mission of their particular unit and area. Collections include archival materials as well as artifacts.
The museum collections support Keweenaw National Historical Park's mission to preserve and interpret the story of copper in the Keweenaw in four basic ways:
Keweenaw National Historical Park is also dedicated to working with Heritage Sites, private individuals and other partners to preserve the documentary record and significant artifacts in their own collections. For more details, please visit our museum resources page or contact the museum services staff for information about periodic workshops offered on various topics related to collections care and management.
The Keweenaw History Center is not an exhibit museum, but it is open to the public for research by appointment.
Guide to Museum and Archival Collections
This guide provides and overview of some of the museum and archival collections. Links to finding aids for some archival collections are included.
Interested in doing historical research and accessing Keweenaw National Historical Park's museum and archival collections? Find out the information you need to know here.
This annual newsletter provides a look at what Keweenaw National Historical Park's Museum & Archival Services has accomplished over the last year.
Did You Know?
The largest known quantities in the world of pure, native copper were found on Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula. In some cases, the deposits were up to 97% pure, requiring little chemical processing to produce ingots of pure copper.