Excitement Builds Along With Chik-Wauk
The Gunflint Trail Historical Society held their monthly meeting on Monday, July 30th at the Gunflint Conference Center. In spite of the almost unbearable heat the meeting room was packed full of excited people who were there to see the museum plans designed by Split Rock Studios.
Split Rock Studios call themselves "Museum Outfitters", which fits in quite nicely with all of the other outfitters on the Gunflint Trail. Chris Wilson from the Twin Cities based business was there to present a power point presentation of the floor plans for the Chik-Wauk Museum. He and his company have been involved with the design process since the beginning and will be taking it to the next step as they produce displays and exhibits for the museum. These people are professionals who make high quality exhibits which according to Chris, "Will make mouths fall open." After seeing the presentation and examples of their other work I am sure he is right.
The Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center is scheduled to open in 2010. The Gunflint Trail Historical Society received news earlier this month that added to the excitement of their first project. In an e-mail received on July 12, 2007 Ralph and Bea Griffis(past owners of Chik-Wauk) shared this information. "We received the e-mail of the acceptance of Chik-Wauk on the National Register of Historic Places. We, also, are completely elated that it has finally received the designation!"
Things are moving along quite nicely and are on schedule for the opening of Chik-Wauk. The past two years volunteers and trustees have been busy working on windows, doors, hardware, floors, roof, road and much more. Nature Trails have been flagged, species identified, brochures printed and membership is on the rise.
Be sure to join the Gunflint Trail Historical Society in this exciting adventure. There are a number of ways you can be a part of it so visit the website for more information at www.GunflintTrailHistoricalSociety.com.