Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Christmas Letter from the Gunflint Historical Society

Dear Members of The Gunflint Trail Historical Society…Friends and Neighbors,

The winter’s snow has been blanketing Chik-Wauk Lodge in the long-shadowed Superior National Forest. If your thoughts drift to The Gunflint Trail Historical Society’s dream of establishing a historical museum there, you might be wondering if we have made any progress.

The short answer is "yes."

You probably are all aware that in July we had our very first meeting, in September we incorporated, and in October the committee reports were due for our Business Plan. In November the letters of support arrived and the details of the Business Plan were finalized and mailed to the US Forest Service. Our application to the IRS for the 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status was also mailed in November.

We had many reasons to celebrate Thanksgiving. Another reason to give thanks was that all of you supported The GTHS with your memberships and donations. Without your continued support, the historical museum will remain only a dream and never become a reality.
You might also like to know that our Grant Writing Committee is busy researching possible areas of support. They have a formidable task and any suggestions would be welcome (contact person: Bruce Kerfoot: bk@boreal.org).

Now it’s time to wish you peace of the season and the hope that the US Forest Service will give us the present we are waiting for…a positive answer to our proposal to partner with them on creating a historical museum in the Chik-Wauk Lodge building.

Blessings of the season,
Betty Hemstad, President
The Gunflint Trail Historical Society

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