Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center
The Gunflint Trail Historical Society celebrated its first birthday in August and is going full steam ahead in its second year. In spite of the forest fires during the summer the GTHS accomplished many projects at the Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center.
The Chik-Wauk building and property sat vacant for a number of years and many projects have to be completed before the museum can open in 2010. Over the summer crews worked on removing lead and absestos from the building as well as some walls and ceilings. The interior received a good cleaning prior to the GTHS birthday party and meeting in August. Volunteers cleaned up some of the grounds before the birthday picnic and more brush removal was needed before power lines could be installed. A new outhouse was added by the USFS and an old shed was moved to a different location. A PIT Volunteer Crew(Passport In Time), along with many local volunteers, worked diligently to repair and restore the many windows and woodwork on the building.
The Board of Trustees has been working hard behind the scenes. Brochures, websites, notecards, and newsletters have been developed. Memberships have been sought, grants obtained, and interviews have been conducted with key "historical" people on the Gunflint Trail. The Split Rock Design Group has been hired to design the museum and will work closely with a small group of trustees to design the museum. Today there will be three members of the Board of Trustees attending the first annual Heritage Tourism Conference in the Twin Cities.
As a Trustee I would like to invite you to become a member of the Gunflint Trail Historical Society and be a part of this exciting first project, The Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center.