Keweenaw's Copper Story

From 7,000 years ago to the 1900s people mined Keweenaw copper. Native peoples made copper into tools and trade items. Investors and immigrants arrived in the 1800s in a great mineral rush, developing thriving industries and cosmopolitan communities. Though the mines have since closed, their mark is still visible on the land and people.

A large piece of copper is displayed inside of a museum.

Things to Do

Get out and experience all the Keweenaw has to offer this winter and spring!

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Register for Copper TRACES 2019

Registration for Copper TRACES 2019 is open from March 18 - April 3.

An older wood dwelling next to the forest.

Keweenaw Heritage Grants 2019

The application period for the Keweenaw Heritage Grants program is open until April 5, 2019.

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Smackdown 2019

Find all of your High School Local History Smackdown 2019 information here.

Illustrated 1881 map of Calumet & Hecla property and the Village of Red Jacket

Copper Mining Timeline

Explore a timeline of Michigan copper mining from over 7,000 years ago to the present.

Visit these sites for your research needs.

Explore Archives

Doing research on the Copper Country?

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Volunteer opportunities are available at the Keweenaw Heritage Sites and Keweenaw National Historical Park.

The advisory commission during one of their quarterly meetings.

Advisory Commission

The commission operates in support of the various activities of Keweenaw NHP.

Last updated: March 17, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

25970 Red Jacket Road
Calumet, MI 49913


(906) 337-3168

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