The Houghton County Historical Society (HCHS) had devastating damage to their collection and archives as a result of catastrophic rain and flooding in June. Early efforts have temporarily secured the collection, but there is a need to document and further stabilize it while the museum determines long-term options and resources. 

The Michigan Museums Association (MMA) is working with the Keweenaw National Historical Park, the Michigan Archives Association, and other organizations to recruit  teams of trained museum and archives professionals who will provide onsite help a week at a time this summer and early fall. These teams will document the artifact and archival collections and establish stable temporary storage conditions. 

In particular, we are looking for volunteers who have a strong background in any of the following: 

    • collections management
    • registration
    • archives
    • conservation
    • the use of Past Perfect 

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If you'd like to help but can't travel to the U.P., the Historical Society of Michigan is conducting a GoFundMe campaign to help HCHS and other history organizations impacted by the flooding. You can donate here. 

Final details for the project are still being solidified, but will depend somewhat on the availability of trained volunteers. If you are qualified, interested, and able to spend a week in the Keweenaw Peninsula in August or September, please complete this survey by July 23.

At this point, the plan is to have team arriving on Sunday, working a regular work-week Mon-Fri, and then leaving on Saturday. Housing can likely be provided, and a stipend to cover some travel expenses may also be available. 

Please contact Lisa Craig Brisson (, 313-334-7643) with questions, though it may take several days for a reply during the month of July.

 The Michigan Museums Association is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Michigan Museums Association       313-334-7643       PO Box 5246, Cheboygan, MI 49721

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