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.



After being closed for a year due to the pandemic, we are pleased to announce the Chassell Heritage Center will open for the 2021 Summer Season. We will be open July and August and our hours are Tuesday 1PM to 4PM, Thursday 4PM to 9PM and Saturday 1PM-4PM.

New exhibits for 2021 include:

  • The Class of 1921-This exhibit showcases the first graduating class in Chassell Township School.

  • The Soumis Carriage-A 1890s era carriage purchased by William Soumis in the 1930's.

  • Chassell-Built by Lumber-Our updated lumbering exhibit features the Sturgeon River Lumber Company and the Worcester Lumber Company.

  • Farming-The updated farming exhibit features early immigrant French Canadian and Finnish farmers in Chassell, potato, strawberry and dairy farming.


Our opening day is Thursday, July 1st.


Strawberry Festival Open House at the Chassell Heritage Center


  • Closed on Thurs., July 8th for the community strawberry cleaning at the Chassell Pavilion

  • Open Friday, July 9th, from 12 Noon to 6PM

  • Open Saturday, July 10th, from Noon to 4PM


The Friends of Fashion will present the 2021 Fashion Show "America Celebrates" on Sunday, July 25th at 2PM at the Chassell Heritage Center Auditorium. Tickets are $10.00 and will be available at the door and at the General Store.

A schedule for our Thursday Evening Programs has been announced for August 2021. Shows begin at 7PM in the Chassell Heritage Center Auditorium. Come join in the fun! Please see the PROGRAMS page. 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