Dr. Jonathan Allen speaking at CCHS’s Annual Meeting

  • Date: Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 7 p.m., will be held at CCHS, 115 Ashmun.
  • Dr. Jonathan Allen, an NMU professor of History, will be speaking about Alexis de Tocqueville and the Native American “Other:” The Michigan Experience. The talk will focus on the French political thinker and historian’s views on Native Americans, which were strongly shaped by a trip he made to Sault Ste. Marie in the early 1830s. He subsequently published Democracy in America in two volumes in 1825 and 1840. The talk is fee to the public and refreshments will be provided.

EUP History Consortium Meeting

  • Date: Saturday, May 12, 2012, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., will be held at CCHS, 115 Ashmun
  • The Spring meeting of the EUP History Consortium will be hosted by CCHS this year. Dan Truckey, the director of the  Beaumier Heritage Center at NMU, will be speaking on exhibition techniques and about the U.P. Heritage Trail Network. Please contact CCHS at 906-635-7082 or  for registration information. A flyer was mailed to member organizations..

Historical Society of Michigan’s U.P. History Conference

  • Dates: Friday, June 22 – Sunday, June 24, 2012
  • The 2012 U.P. History Conference will be taking place at the Cisler Center on the campus of Lake Superior State University, in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. Please contact the History Society of Michigan for more details.

Dr. William Decker speaking at CCHS July General Meeting

  • Date: Thursday, July 5, 2012, at 7 p.m., will be held at CCHS, 115 Ashmun
  • Dr. William Decker will be speaking about the Newberry and Sault State Hospitals. He has published two books on the Kalamazoo State Hospital and the Traverse City State Hospital. Dr. Decker has another book forthcoming this summer about the Newberry Hospital that will also include information about the Sault hospital located on the former site of Camp Lucas.

Sault Summer History Camp

  • Dates: Monday, July 9 thru Friday, July 13, 2012, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Join us for an “Adventure into Local History” at CCHS’s Sault Summer History Camp. The week long camp experience is for students who have completed 3rd-5th grades, or are ages 9-11. The Camp will meet in the Historic Buildings on Water Street. The cost is $50.00 per child. Some partial scholarships may be available. For more information, contact CCHS at 906-635-7082 or Ginny Cymbalist (906-632-9523) and Patty Olsen (906-632-1309) are the main organizers and may be contacted for information also. The project is supported by grants from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Roberts P. and Ella B. Hudson Foundation.

Sault History Fest

  • Dates: August 3, 4, and 5, 2012
  • Join us for the Fourth Annual Sault History Fest to be held on Water Street near the Sault’s historic homes and the Kemp Industrial Museum. Special events are being planned so check back for more details. The 2012 Sault History Fest is being held in conjunction with the “Sault Ships Sail” Festival going on the same weekend.

Historic Churches of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

  • Dates: mid-June,  July and August, Monday evenings at 7:00 p.m.
  • CCHS has the pleasure of showcasing historic churches that grace the city of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Each Monday evening, one of the participating churches will be open for touring from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. During that time volunteer guides will be available to assist visitors. At 7:00 p.m., a program will be presented. Some programs may be informational talks on various topics and others will be musical performances. All programs are free to the public, and refreshments will be served. Donations graciously accepted. A brochure with the program schedule will be available.
  • Chair: Susan James and Mary June

Water Street Historic Block

  • Date: Engineers Day (last Friday in June) to Labor Day, Open Daily, Noon – 5 p.m.
  • Stop by and visit four historic buildings, two of which are National Historic Sites: the home of John Johnston, an early fur English fur trader who married the daughter of a prominent LaPointe chief and settled here in 1793, and the home of Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, the first Indian Agent assigned to the area. Also on the grounds are the home of Bishop Frederick Baraga, an early missionary to the Native American people, and the office building of the Kemp Coal Dock Company. Visit the homes to learn about the people and history of the Sault. Displays and living history programming provided by CCHS. The Baraga house and the main portion of the Schoolcraft house are closed for restoration. Donations towards the restoration and upkeep of the buildings are graciously accepted.
  • Summer programming: Monday-Friday, 2-3 p.m. – Actors portraying members of the Johnston Family will host visitors and tell stories of their life and times, and Tuesday & Thursday, 1-2 p.m. - Singers/songwriters Susan Askwith and David Stanaway will entertain visitors with original songs about the Johnston family and local history highlights.
  • Location: On the 300 block East Water Street, along the St. Marys River near the Museum Ship Valley Camp in Sault Ste. Marie, MI.
  • Chair: Parks and Recreation Dept., City of Sault Ste. Marie, MI and CCHS