The Keweenaw County Historical Society Life Saving Service Museum will offer a free-admission open house on Sunday, July 22nd.
The museum is next to the marina on Eagle Harbor. The event takes place from 9am to 6pm.
A number of activities are planned for the day:
● The museum’s fully restored 26-foot pulling surfboat is back from Powell & Crisp Planksters shipyard in Suttons Bay, Michigan. Shipwright George Powell, who completed the project, will be on hand to answer questions for part of the day. The restoration process took 10 years. Many KCHS members, descendants of surfmen, and Copper Country businesses provided funds for its restoration. So this will be their chance to get an up-close look. Powell will lead a KCHS Adventures in History program about the restoration in the evening. (See the Superior Signal May magazine or the KCHS web site: http://keweenawhistory.org/)
● A crew from the Portage U.S. Coast Guard Station will offer tours aboard the station’s 47-foot motor lifeboat from noon until 4 p.m. Young people might learn from crew members what opportunities the Coast Guard offers.
● Also on display will be rescue equipment such as a surfboat wagon (boat trailer), a floatable life-car, beach cart, a brass Lyle gun (cannon), and more. The museum also features 26-foot and 36-foot motor lifeboats.
●Memorabilia donated by the families of men who served at Eagle Harbor and Portage will be on display, including a Congressional Gold Award received by Anthony Glaza. And notebooks containing biographies of the men who served will be available to browse.
●Refreshments will be served.