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Keweenaw Voices

Logo for Keweenaw Voices, the park's oral history project.

To preserve and interpret the history of copper mining on the Keweenaw Peninsula, the National Park Service has recorded interviews with a variety of people whose first person accounts provide a glimpse into what life was like in the region. Our goal is to make these interviews available on the web so that you can hear history come alive through the voices of those who experienced it. This page will continue to grow as more interviews are conducted or others are converted to a digital format and added.


Our first interviews are being prepared for uploading to the web. Check back soon!

Did You Know?

Miners pose outside the #5 Tamarack Mine shaft in this 1908 photograph by Adolph F. Isler. Keweenaw NHP Archives.

The Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan was home to one of our nation's first mineral rushes. Prospectors seeking copper travelled there in the middle 1840's, a few years before the "49'ers" sought gold out west. The story of this rush is told today at Keweenaw National Historical Park.