Chassell Heritage Center  
National Register of Historic Places

  Home of the Chassell Township Museum &
  the Friends of Fashion Vintage Clothing Collection



 Open during July & August
Tuesdays 1 pm - 4 pm,
 Thursdays 4 pm - 9 pm

Call 906-523-4789 to arrange a special tour for your family or group

 42373 North Hancock Street
  Chassell, MI 49916

(906) 523-1155


(906) 523-4612

Strawberry Festival
Open House 2014

Friday, July 11,2014 from 12-6 pm &
Saturday, July 12,2014  from 12-4 pm


Old Fashioned Christmas
Open House

Saturday, December 14, 2013, from 11am to 4pm
Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus  from 11-2pm
Kids can decorate their own cookies to take home.
Enjoy live traditional music from 1-3pm


Summer 2013 Information!

Chassell Heritage Center opens for the season on July 1st and remains open through August 31st.

On Saturday, July 13th, at 2:00 pm, the Friends of Fashion present their annual Strawberry Festival vintage fashion show.  This newly-written show will feature the Finnish Immigrant in the Copper Country.

Tickets are $5.00 and are available from members, at the Heritage Center, and at the Einerlei in Chassell. email:

Museum exhibits include a new exhibit by the Friends of Fashion featuring children's toys and apparel, a recent addition, Lumber Kings to Strawberry Kings,  and the exhibit of early Chassell, the Chassell Timeline Exhibit, a French-Canadian Heritage Exhibit, and a brand new temporary exhibit featuring the lives and times of three local Finnish families.

The Special Events Thursday Evening Programs, held on most Thursday evenings at 7pm in the upstairs auditorium, include presentations to please all age groups.

  Special Events for Summer 2013---Thursday Evenings, 7:00 P. M.

        July 11 - MUSEUM CLOSED - Strawberry Cleaning Bee at the Chassell Park Pavillion

        July 18 - Musical Variety by Courtney Clisch & Marilyn Monsivais.  Note that Marilyn will open for Cou                 Courtney at 6:45pm.

        July 25 - Finnish Family Memories:  Photos & Stories of Finnish families including Tervo, Kalliainen,
                       and Makinen and share some of your own

        August 1 - Traditional Native American Dance & Drumming.  Presented by the Keweenaw Bay Indian
                       Community and Beartown Singers drum group.

        August 8 - Swing Dance Lesson taught by Chuck Hill of Keweenaw Social Dance

        August 15 - An Evening at Peiffer's Corner - a potpourri of musical surprises led by John Peiffer,
                         featuring Dan Fuhrman at the piano and Tim Havens on the bass, with a fair chance that
                         Bob Hiltunen and Steve Jones will be "sitting in".

        August 22 - The Cutover - A first person portrayal of a 19th century lumberjack, a Finnish farm wife,
                         and a forest ranger along with a power-point of historical photos.

        August 29 - Patti Page Tribute - Enjoy some of the greatest hits of the legendary singer performed
                         by local entertainers.








Friends of Fashion

The Friends of Fashion function as an educational arm of the Chassell Historical Organization, Inc. They present historical fashion shows and mount a new exhibit showcasing vintage clothing and history every two years in the Chassell Heritage Center. The group has given stage presentations throughout the western and central Upper Peninsula as well as northern Wisconsin. They can be hired by your group or organization to present a historical vintage fashion show.  Call Nancy at (906) 523-4612 or e-mail:


Our new exhibit entitled “Lumber Kings to Strawberry Kings” opened for the 2005 season. Chassell Historical Organization members worked diligently for almost two years on this permanent exhibit showcasing the strawberry industry, the Chassell Lions Club, and the strawberry festival, all vitally important to our community.

Visitors are able to walk through Chassell’s history moving from the lumbering industry and on through the development of strawberry farming, the founding of the Chassell Lions Club, and the development of a festival to promote the growing and sales of strawberries.

There is something for everyone in our new exhibit. Featured is a collection of historical photographs that were originally taken by Angus Ward and recently reproduced from the original glass negatives.  Other facets of the exhibit include a history of strawberry farming from the turn of the last century to the present and the story of how a group of industrious farmers determined how to successfully market their berries. Learn about what it takes to grow a strawberry, and the how the strawberry industry profoundly effected our community. Patrons are sure to recognize many familiar names and faces among the personal stories of local farm families. Find your family and friends in the delightful recollections of past strawberry festivals.

This exhibit has been made possible with the help and cooperation of many people.  Fortunately, strawberry association records had been stored by private individuals and these were made available so that we might piece together the real story of the organization’s history. In 2004, CHO members began interviewing past and present strawberry growers to learn about strawberry farming and the history of the strawberry associations. Many enjoyable hours were spent with these men and women who recounted their farming and family histories and generously shared many photographs and artifacts. Without their help and cooperation, the exhibit would not have been possible. Our heartfelt thanks go out to these wonderful people.

We are grateful to the Chassell Lions Club and the Chassell Improvement Association for generously contributing $5000 for the production of the exhibit. Their generosity has enabled the CHO to produce a professional-quality exhibit of which we may all be proud.


If you have questions regarding our summer activities, contact:  
Nancy at 906-523-4612 ,
Millie at 906-523-4789
or Judy at 906-523-4091.

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