Our Building Turns 100

In January 1917 Chassell lost two of its 3 school buildings to fire. Charles Worcester, the owner of the town's lumber business, and his wife Mary, donated the money to build a new elementary school. It was named the H. E. Southwell Memorial School in honor of Mrs. Worcester's father.

The new school is pictured above in 1919 during the WWI Homecoming celebration.

The school closed its doors in 1992 and since then has been maintained by the Chassell Historical Organization.

We are honored to care for this historic building which houses our township's history and artifacts.



Since our beginning in the early nineties, we have made our home in the old Chassell Elementary School, now known as the

CHASSELL HERITAGE CENTER.  The Heritage Center and adjacent privately-owned High School Building are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


We strive to preserve the history of Chassell Township, to keep alive our cultural heritage, and to share that heritage with our citizens and visitors.  As an offiical Heritage Site of the Keweenaw National Historical Park, we adhere to high standards in our preservation work and in our exhibit creation.



The Chassell Historical Organization is sad to announce that due to the pandemic, the Chassell Heritage Center will be closed for the 2020 season. All summer events are cancelled.

The curator may be contacted through this website for information about our collections or research questions. Please click on CONTACT in the toolbar at the top of this page. Your request will be addressed in a timely manner.

We thank our patrons and supporters for your understanding. We will see you in 2021. Stay safe and healthy.  Thank you.

WWI Chassell Military

The CHO is currently seeking names of WWI veterans from Chassell. In 1919, the Daily Mining Gazette reported that 106 men from our township served their country during WWI. If you have a name  of someone from Chassell that served, please contact us through this website. Photographs and military service information is appreciated. Please visit the WWI page to see the current list. Thank you!

Cpl Charles J. Sauvola