Historic School at Gay

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Historic School at Gay

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Gay, MI 49950
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The Historic School at Gay is open Wednesday and Saturday June to mid-October. There is no admission fee for this museu
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The first school in Gay was built in 1902 to meet the needs of the families working at the mills. It became overcrowded and a new, six room, two story building was built in 1927. It served students from grades one through 10. Students attending school past grade 10 went to Calumet. The school was a center of community life until the mills closed in 1932. By 1959 only 25 students attended the school and it was closed in 1961.

In 2009 the Keweenaw County Historical Society took over the property and began extensive repair and restoration work. The school has become a museum telling the story of the town of Gay and the impact of the Mohawk and Wolverine Copper Mining Companies mills on the town of Gay and the environment. It also tells the story of commercial  lumber and  fishing in the area.

The first floor of the school contains a restored classroom as well as these example of early Keweenaw transportation: A horse drawn buggy, a sleigh, and a 1908 Jewell, one of the first horseless carriages in the Keweenaw. The second floor of the school contains a room full of looms, including this historic one from Gay Industries.

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