There is properly no history; only biography.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (History, 1841)

Copper is only one of many hues that color the Keweenaw Peninsula. Each fall, trees turn remarkable shades of red, yellow, and even purple — welcome blasts of color before snow turns the world white. Pink wild roses and orange wood lilies brighten the summer, offsetting Lake Superior's blues.

The Keweenaw Peninsula's history is just as colorful. From larger-than-life figures to the individuals who lived quieter lives, the people who lived the Copper Country's history and created its culture have stories to tell.

A woman with an eyeglass on poses for a studio portrait.

Maggie Walz

Maggie Walz made a name for herself by helping others.

Grave markers are surrounded by a small masonry fence in a cemetery.

Keweenaw Microhistories

Discover more about the immigrants and migrants of Michigan's Copper Country.

A statue of a man cloaked in academic robes.

Alexander Agassiz

Agassiz was President of the Calumet & Hecla Mining Company from 1871 until his death in 1910.

Last updated: January 10, 2018

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