Keep Gunflint Trail history alive! Your support keeps Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center strong.

What's your Gunflint Trail story?

Everyone has a Gunflint Trail story to tell. In 2005, the Gunflint Trail Historical Society (GTHS) formed to preserve those stories. During its first five years, the GTHS restored and converted the old Chik-Wauk Lodge -- located on Saganaga Lake, 55 miles up the Gunflint Trail outside of Grand Marais -- into Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center. The museum opened on July 4, 2010 and to date has welcomed more than 35,000 visitors.

2013 Highlights:

  • Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center's fourth season attracted more than 8000 visitors.
  • The Gunflint Trail Historical Society coordinated the restoration of the historic Gunflint Trail entrance signs (bear in a motorboat and Voyageur carrying a canoe) in downtown Grand Marais.
  • Gunflint Trail Explorers, a self-guided, family focused naturalist program launched. (www.chikwauk.com/explorers)
  • With this year's temporary exhibit on the Gunflint Trail's First Pioneer Family, museum visitors learned the amazing history of the Charlie and Petra Boostrom family of Clearwater Lake.

Discover.

At Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center, visitors discover the story of the Gunflint Trail through interactive displays, videos, and a reading library. Exhibits focused on seven key groups of people in the region: Prehistoric, Native Americans, Voyageurs, Miners, Loggers, Resorters, and Current Residents. The museum is ADA accessible, kid-friendly, and open every day, Memorial Day weekend through MEA weekend in mid-October.

Explore.

A network of hiking trails crisscross Chik-Wauk's 50 acre grounds of wetlands, wildfire regeneration, and granite ridges. You'll find year-round opportunities for birding, berry picking, wildflower viewing, and even moose spotting on these trails. Two of Chik-Wauk's seven nature trails are ADA accessible. During the summer, the museum offers a variety of naturalist programs, including nature hikes and kids' activities.

Grow.

The GTHS continues to move forward with its mission of preserving Gunflint Trail history. The Society actively works to develop historical archives, design new interpretative displays, and conduct oral history interviews. The GTHS Board of Trustees is currently developing plans for a nature center building which will house permanent exhibits on the Gunflint Trail’s natural history, as well as provide presentation space for naturalist programs in addition to much needed storage and office space.

This year, all Give to the Max Day donations will be designated for the nature center building project unless you specify a different use for your donation in the dedication field in Step 1 of your donation. If you would like your donation to be applied to your GTHS membership, please write "GTHS membership" in the dedication field in Step 1 when making your donation.

Your support strengthens the Gunflint Trail Historical Society. Thank you for keeping Gunflint Trail history alive!


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