Chippewa County Historical Society
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Our Mission
The Chippewa County Historical Society (CCHS) strives to promote an appreciation of the local history of Chippewa County and the City of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Our location on the shores of the St. Mary’s River has provided our community with a rich and varied history dating back to the 1600s. Formed in 1919, the CCHS has a long tradition in the community of working to preserve and share our community’s unique story.
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.
About The Chippewa County Historical Society
The Chippewa County Historical Society (CCHS) is a nonprofit organisation committed to the preservation and presentation of the history and culture of Chippewa County and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
CCHS promotes public awareness of local history by sponsoring artistic and cultural activities.
CCHS operates a History Center that will be a vibrant place where people may encounter, explore, and learn about the past. It houses a Gift Shop, a display area, meeting area, office/library space, and the Society’s collections.
2023-24 Board Of Directors

Carolyn Person
Kelly Freeman
Vice President
Sharon Dorrity

Mary June
Past President
Virginia Cymbalist
Recording Secretary
Robert Aldrich, Bernie Arbic, Chris Delridge, James Dwyer, Steven Gordon,
Dennis Hank, Ruth Neveu, Patty Olsen, Janet Russell, Karen Sabatine, Scott Smith
Chippewa County Historical Society
115 Ashmun Street,
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
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