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Chippewa County Historical Society
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History Of The Society

The Chippewa County Historical Society (CCHS) was formed in 1919, with Gov. Chase S. Osborn as one of the founding members. CCHS has displayed its collections in different small museums and the local public library in Sault Ste. Marie over the years. The organisation installed area historic markers, published pamphlets, oral histories, and books on local history. After a period of inactivity, the society was revived in 1994, by a group of local history enthusiasts and has continued to thrive. In 1997, the society established an office in downtown rental space and started a number of projects that promoted the area’s history through: photo displays, hosting meeting with speakers on various topics, and started working with the City of Sault St. Marie in providing programs and displays at the Historic Water Street Homes.

In 2006, an important objective of the Society was realised when it purchased the historic building at 115 Ashmun Street as a permanent home for the Society. By 2007, the first floor of the building was renovated, and the collections and the operational offices of the Society were moved in. Over the years the membership and participation has grown substantially and the CCHS has become a significant contributor to the historic revitalisation of the community.
CCHS Collections
Gordon T. Daun Photo Collection
(housed in Steere Room at the Bayliss Public Library)
Walter & Carl Materna Photo Collections
Glass Plate Negatives of the Power Canal
Harold C. Lawrence Collection
Fred & Audrey Warth Collection
Johnston Family Artifacts
General Sault History Collection
Native American Collection
American Café
Soo Line Railroad (on loan) and much more!
Gift Shop
Open seasonally
Monday to Saturday
from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Monday and Friday
from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Or by appointment - Please call ahead.
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Chippewa County Historical Society
115 Ashmun Street,
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
Access through rear entrance off of Portage Ave.
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