Museum to officially open for the year on Thursday, July 4
People Fund grant helps museum add new displays and upgrade current ones
The Crawford County Historical Museum – located at 97 E. Michigan Avenue – will officially open for the year on Thursday, July 4.
The museum has had a delayed opening this year due to an ongoing renovation project, museum officials said.
The Crawford County Historical Museum received a $4,000 grant from the Great Lakes Energy People Fund for the purpose of improving current displays and developing new ones.
“This grant allows the museum to complete the renovation of the Military Annex, which preserves the history of Crawford County’s fighting men and women from the Civil War on,” according to Crawford County Historical Museum officials. “The museum recently was gifted several excellent lighted display cases from the DNR’s CCC Museum. The grant will pay for the transport and upgrading these cases. In addition, a new display demonstrating early farming equipment is being designed. The museum is also developing an enhanced display of early communications in Crawford County, which will include an antique printing press being donated by the Crawford County Avalanche along with associated printing equipment.”
The Crawford County Historical Museum will be open Thursday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from July 4 through Labor Day, and then on weekends during autumn “as the weather permits,” museum officials said.
Crawford County Historical Museum officials said the Great Lakes Energy grants have been valuable assets to the museum and to the community.
“The Crawford County community has benefitted many times from the Great Lakes People Fund generosity. These funds are generated by members of Great Lakes Energy rounding up their bills to the next highest dollar. The rounded up amount is distributed to non-profit organizations and charitable activities that benefit people in communities served by the cooperative,” museum officials said. “If you wish to support the People Fund, contact Great Lakes Energy and let them know.”
Great Lakes Energy customers can sign up for the People Fund at www.gtlakes.com.
In addition to this year’s new additions to the museum, the facility also has displays on the lumber industry, the AuSable River, fishing, Fred Bear, and more, according to crawfordcountyhistoricalsociety.com.