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.
WHO ARE WE?
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 Heritage Center will open for the 2019 season on July 2nd. Our hours on the 4th of July are 4PM to 7PM, but there is no Thursday evening program.
The heritage center will be closed Thursday July 11th, 2019 for community strawberry cleaning for the Copper Country Strawberry Festival. Please visit us during the Strawberry Festival at our special hours on Friday, July 12th, 12 Noon to 6 PM and Saturday July 13th, 12 Noon to 4 PM.
Friends of Fashion will present a vintage fashion show entitled "Churches of the Copper Country" at 2PM in the heritage center auditorium.
Tickets are available at the heritage center during our open house hours and at the General Store in Chassell. Prices are $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under. Seating for the performance begins at 1:30. 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