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HISTORIC SLEEPING BEAR Preservation

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Be a Preservationist! Our volunteer Preservationists work to stabilize, restore or rehabilitate the historic structures in the park. We offer some training in collaboration with the NPS or local experts in traditional skills. Many of our Preservationists group are builders or have some carpentry experience. Others join in and use the opportunity to grow and learn more or are just hardworking worker bees!

Every year HSB typically holds three volunteer group work projects to preserve historic buildings and landscapes that we have selected from the Park’s long list. These are well-planned complex projects involving assessing the structure; concurring with the park’s historic architect on proper methods to preserve the historic integrity; acquiring materials for funding; and recruiting skilled volunteers. We make a significant contribution to the park, as we are able to leverage funds by doing this work less expensively with our dedicated volunteer help!

Skilled labor - typically in areas of building repair, electrical wiring, masonry, roofing, drywall, carpentry, plumbing.

Unskilled labor - come help us clear debris, sweep out barns, hammer nails, remove vegetation, or do some painting!

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About HISTORIC SLEEPING BEAR Preservation

Location:

PO BOX 453, EMPIRE, MI 49630, US

Mission Statement

Official partner of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore to assist in preserving and interpreting its historic buildings, landscape and rich heritage of the early 19th century.

Description

Our office is housed at the Olsen Farm - now the Port Oneida Farms Heritage Center in the park. Since 1998 when the park started to tear down or allow moldering of its over 360 historic features, we have successfully advocated for their preservation and actively been involved in fundraising for preservation projects as well as conducting hands-on volunteer projects. Educational programs that inform the visitor of the history within the landscape is evolving and we are the co-founders and fiduciary for the popular Port Oneida Cultural Fair. While continuing to expand these core activities of preserving the history and telling the story - we are entering a more robust chapter of working toward adaptive-reuse of more historic structures. In 2018 we received the Community Preservation Award from the Michigan Historic Preservation Network.

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

3164 W HARBOR HWYMAPLE CITY, MI 49664

(44.93645,-85.94096)
 

SKILLS

  • Landscaping
  • Construction
  • Electrical
  • Home Repair
  • Carpentry
  • Woodworking

GOOD FOR

  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Orientation or Training
  • Mainland group projects are typically Thursday, Friday, and/or Saturday. Come as many days as you like. North Manitou Island project is 10 days. Volunteers must commit to a minimum of 3 days. Individual projects allow for flexibility.

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