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Progress on the Nature Center

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 3:18pm

If you have a chance to come up and visit Chik-Wauk Museum you will start to see the beginning of the new Nature Center that will be open for the 2016 season. A huge thank you to everyone that has donated to the Phase 2 Capitol Building Campaign we could not have done any of this without your generosity. We still have a bit to raise to continue the outstanding high quality of the presentations that you see in the Chik-Wauk Museum to match the same high quality we have planned for the Nature Center. If you would like to donate to the Building Campaign follow the link to The Gunflint Trail Historical Society website.

Summer is still here on the Gunflint Trail, it reminds me every day when the temperatures are above 75 degrees. I know some people think that is not hot but for me I love the winters. I don’t want to wish away summer just yet, I still have many places I want to get out and hike to or maybe get out on a canoe trip.

One event I can’t wait for is the Old Fashioned Pie and Ice Cream Social that is being held up here at Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center on the 6th of September from 11 am to 4 pm. We ask for a donation of $5 per slice of pie ala mode. Along with the Pie and Ice Cream Social the gift shop at the museum will be having a Side Walk Sale. You will be able to find some items up to 50% off.  If you have not stopped into Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center this summer we are open 10 am to 5 pm daily until the 18th of October. See you soon.



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Painting Adventures at Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 2:51pm

Joi Electra is a professional practicing artist from the Grand Marais area. She has been offering Painting Adventures all summer long. On Saturday she has been coming up the Gunflint Trail and stops at various places to paint. Today she and her student were up here at Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center, they choose to paint at my favorite lunch spot.

I had the privilege to meet Pastor Ham Muus who was one of the founders of Wilderness Canoe Base. He bought the land from Eve & Russell Blankenburg in 1954. Cheryl Hedstrom Dailey also stopped in today to drop off some placemats that she made with  photos which she had taken back in 1964 or 65 of Seagull Lake. Cheryl’s family owned End of the Trail Lodge from 1946 to 1965. Cheryl told me a story today about how her and her sister Lee had to do various jobs at the resort. In the wintertime they would put up ice for the guests that would stay at the resort in the summer months.  Not a favorite job for Lee was to go around and deliver the ice to the guests staying with them. Cheryl and her sister Lee have donated various items to be sold in our gift shop at Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center. That is what I love about Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center I get to meet such nice and interesting people every day. Some made the Gunflint Trail their home for so many years and some are just passing through for a quick visit.

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