Upcoming Events

Warm wishes to you and your loved ones

Monday December 31, 2018

Chik-Wauk Open for the season

Saturday May 25, 2019 10:00am-05:00pm
Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center, 28 Moose Pond Drive, Grand Marais, MN.

Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center will open for the 2019 season on May 25.

The feature of Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center's temporary exhibit this season is on the story of two men, Tommy Banks and Billy Needham.

Tommy Banks, a bootlegger and gangster from Minneapolis was active during the days of prohibition.  
Billy Needham lived on Bearskin and Hungry Jack Lake and became known for his diamond willow lodge furniture and hand drawn maps.  
The two men became friends on the shores of Hungry Jack Lake.

On loan from Mary and Gary Connell, who own Tommy Banks cabin that was built in the 1930's. The Connell's have compiled newspaper articles, photographs, and artifacts from the life of Tommy Banks and his cabin caretaker, Billy Needham.

Their grandson John Hutchinson, has spent much time at his grandparent’s cabin on Hungry Jack Lake learning about the gangster Tommy Banks and his close friend Billy Needham.

John has recorded their story which you can listen to while you are visiting the Museum.

The Museum will be open daily May 25 through October 20, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Nature Center will be open daily May 25 through October 20, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Gunflint Trail Historical Society has added two new structures to the Chik-Wauk campus.
Open for the 2019 season;

 · Watercraft Exhibit Building - a timber frame structure, features early methods of travel on the water in our region.
· Interpretive Cabin - is built on the site of a former Chik-Wauk cabin.
 

See you this season!
 

The Gunflint Trail Historical Society - Shrimp Boil

Sunday June 9, 2019 04:00pm-06:00pm
Seagull Lake Community Center - 12059 Gunflint Trail

The Gunflint Trail Historical Societies -
Shrimp Boil and Bake Sale


The first scheduled fundraiser event for the Gunflint Trail Historical Society and Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center is the annual; Shrimp Boil and Bake Sale.

The event is being held at the Seagull Lake Community Center -
12059 Gunflint Trail, Grand Marais, MN (GTVFD Hall #3).


Join us on Sunday, June 9 beginning at 4 p.m.
We welcome any volunteers to come early and help set up.

Suggested price of $15 per plate - as always, we appreciate all the extra help everyone donates to the Gunflint Trail Historical Society each season.

This event has been well received by the community with over 100 residents, neighbors, and friends attending yearly.

As the date gets closer and you are interested in bringing some baked goodies, please contact Judy Edlund at 388-4400. A membership table will be set up to give newcomers the opportunity to join the Gunflint Trail Historical Society. This event will be a fun time and we hope you bring along your friends and neighbors. 

Gunflint Trail Historical Society - June Membership Meeting

Monday June 10, 2019 01:30pm-03:30pm
Seagull Lake Community Center - 12059 Gunflint Trail

Held at Seagull Lake Community Center - 12059 Gunflint Trail

GTHS meetings begin at 1:30 p.m. after a brief overview of GTHS business.

The Gunflint Trail Historical Society has four public membership meetings available to all GTHS members and the public. Membership meetings are held the second Monday of June, July, August, and September at either the Seagull Lake Community Center or the A. Paul and Carol Schaap Community Center (you can find a list of meeting dates and places on the GTHS website).
 

Treats and conversation follow (thank you to the ladies that provide the home baked goodies each month). If you would like to bring some baked goodies or treats for our monthly meetings please contact Judy Edlund 218-388-4400.

 

US Forest Service Presentations at Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center

Tuesday June 18, 2019
Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center

Every Tuesday from June 18 until August 20

The US Forest Service naturalists present on a different Northwoods themed topic

Located on Chik-Wauk Museum's front porch (if inclimate weather will be moved to inside Chik-Wauk Nature Center)

All programs are free and family friendly - donations are always appreciated



US Forest Service Presentations at Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center

Tuesday June 25, 2019
Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center

Every Tuesday from June 18 until August 20

The US Forest Service naturalists present on a different Northwoods themed topic

Located on Chik-Wauk Museum's front porch (if inclimate weather will be moved to inside Chik-Wauk Nature Center)

All programs are free and family friendly - donations are always appreciated



Kids' Day

Tuesday June 25, 2019
Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center

Mark your calendars - Kids’ Day is back

Every Tuesday June 25 – August 20
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Children under age 18 can visit the Museum and Nature Center free of charge

Chik-Wauk staff will offer a variety of hands-on activities all related to the unique history and nature of the Gunflint Trail, as well as stories, hikes, journal making, and craft projects

A parent or guardian must accompany children at all times at the Nature Center

Donations are appreciated to cover the costs of materials and supplies


Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center is a partnership of the Gunflint Trail Historical Society and Superior National Forest, Gunflint Ranger District.


             

US Forest Service Presentations at Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center

Tuesday July 2, 2019
Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center

Every Tuesday from June 18 until August 20

The US Forest Service naturalists present on a different Northwoods themed topic

Located on Chik-Wauk Museum's front porch (if inclimate weather will be moved to inside Chik-Wauk Nature Center)

All programs are free and family friendly - donations are always appreciated




Kids' Day

Tuesday July 2, 2019 11:00am-04:00pm
Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center

Mark your calendars - Kids’ Day is back

Every Tuesday June 25 – August 20
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Children under age 18 can visit the Museum and Nature Center free of charge

Chik-Wauk staff will offer a variety of hands-on activities all related to the unique history and nature of the Gunflint Trail, as well as stories, hikes, journal making, and craft projects

A parent or guardian must accompany children at all times at the Nature Center

Donations are appreciated to cover the costs of materials and supplies



Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center is a partnership of the Gunflint Trail Historical Society and Superior National Forest, Gunflint Ranger District.

  

Gunflint Trail Historical Society - July Membership Meeting

Monday July 8, 2019 01:30pm-03:30pm
A. Paul & Carol Schaap Community Center - 7401 Gunflint Trail

Held at A. Paul & Carol Schaap Community Center - 7401 Gunflint Trail.

GTHS meetings begin at 1:30 p.m. after a brief overview of GTHS business.

The July meeting is specially reserved for remembering the Gunflint Trail residents that are no longer with us.
If you have a special loved one that you would like us to pay tribute to please contact Barb Bottger (past GTHS president, 218-388-0868).

Treats and conversation follow (thank you to the ladies that provide the home baked goodies each month). If you would like to bring some baked goodies or treats for our monthly meetings please contact Judy Edlund 218-388-4400.
 

US Forest Service Presentations at Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center

Tuesday July 9, 2019
Chikwauk Museum & Nature Center

Every Tuesday from June 18 until August 20

The US Forest Service naturalists present on a different Northwoods themed topic

Located on Chik-Wauk Museum's front porch (if inclimate weather will be moved to inside Chik-Wauk Nature Center)

All programs are free and family friendly - donations are always appreciated





Kids' Day

Tuesday July 9, 2019 11:00am-04:00pm
Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center

Mark your calendars - Kids’ Day is back

Every Tuesday June 25 – August 20
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Children under age 18 can visit the Museum and Nature Center free of charge

Chik-Wauk staff will offer a variety of hands-on activities all related to the unique history and nature of the Gunflint Trail, as well as stories, hikes, journal making, and craft projects

A parent or guardian must accompany children at all times at the Nature Center

Donations are appreciated to cover the costs of materials and supplies



Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center is a partnership of the Gunflint Trail Historical Society and Superior National Forest, Gunflint Ranger District.

 

US Forest Service Presentations at Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center

Tuesday July 16, 2019
Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center


Every Tuesday from June 18 until August 20

The US Forest Service naturalists present on a different Northwoods themed topic

Located on Chik-Wauk Museum's front porch (if inclimate weather will be moved to inside Chik-Wauk Nature Center)


All programs are free and family friendly - donations are always appreciated




Kids' Day

Tuesday July 16, 2019 11:00am-04:00pm
Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center

Mark your calendars - Kids’ Day is back

Every Tuesday June 25 – August 20
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Children under age 18 can visit the Museum and Nature Center free of charge

Chik-Wauk staff will offer a variety of hands-on activities all related to the unique history and nature of the Gunflint Trail, as well as stories, hikes, journal making, and craft projects

A parent or guardian must accompany children at all times at the Nature Center

Donations are appreciated to cover the costs of materials and supplies



Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center is a partnership of the Gunflint Trail Historical Society and Superior National Forest, Gunflint Ranger District.

  

US Forest Service Presentations at Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center

Tuesday July 23, 2019
Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center

Every Tuesday from June 18 until August 20

The US Forest Service naturalists present on a different Northwoods themed topic

Located on Chik-Wauk Museum's front porch (if inclimate weather will be moved to inside Chik-Wauk Nature Center)

All programs are free and family friendly - donations are always appreciated





Kids' Day

Tuesday July 23, 2019 11:00am-04:00pm
Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center

Mark your calendars - Kids’ Day is back

Every Tuesday starting on June 25 – August 20
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Children under age 18 can visit the Museum and Nature Center free of charge

Chik-Wauk staff will offer a variety of hands-on activities all related to the unique history and nature of the Gunflint Trail, as well as stories, hikes, journal making, and craft projects

A parent or guardian must accompany children at all times at the Nature Center

Donations are appreciated to cover the costs of materials and supplies



Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center is a partnership of the Gunflint Trail Historical Society and Superior National Forest, Gunflint Ranger District.

  

       

US Forest Service Presentations at Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center

Tuesday July 30, 2019
Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center

Every Tuesday from June 18 until August 20

The US Forest Service naturalists present on a different Northwoods themed topic

Located on Chik-Wauk Museum's front porch (if inclimate weather will be moved to inside Chik-Wauk Nature Center)

All programs are free and family friendly - donations are always appreciated




Kids' Day

Tuesday July 30, 2019 11:00am-04:00pm
Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center

Mark your calendars - Kids’ Day is back

Every Tuesday starting on June 25 – August 20
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Children under age 18 can visit the Museum and Nature Center free of charge

Chik-Wauk staff will offer a variety of hands-on activities all related to the unique history and nature of the Gunflint Trail, as well as stories, hikes, journal making, and craft projects

A parent or guardian must accompany children at all times at the Nature Center
Donations are appreciated to cover the costs of materials and supplies



Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center is a partnership of the Gunflint Trail Historical Society and Superior National Forest, Gunflint Ranger District.

  
       

Gunflint Trail Historical Society - August Membership Meeting

Monday August 12, 2019 01:30pm-03:30pm
Seagull Lake Community Center - 12059 Gunflint Trail

Held at Seagull Lake Community Center - 12059 Gunflint Trail

Meetings begin at 1:30 p.m. after a brief overview of GTHS business.

The Gunflint Trail Historical Society has four public membership meetings available to all GTHS members and the public. Membership meetings are held the second Monday of June, July, August, and September at either the Seagull Lake Community Center or the A. Paul and Carol Schaap Community Center (you can find a list of meeting dates and places on the GTHS website).
 

Treats and conversation follow (thank you to the ladies that provide the home baked goodies each month). If you would like to bring some baked goodies or treats for our monthly meetings please contact Judy Edlund 218-388-4400.

Old Fashioned Pie & Ice Cream Social

Sunday September 1, 2019 12:00pm-04:00pm
Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center

Old Fashioned Pie and Ice Cream Social

The Gunflint Trail Historical Society would like to invite you to the final event of the summer season.
The annual Old Fashioned Pie and Ice Cream Social on the Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center grounds.


As always, there will be lots of locally homemade pies to choose from. There is a suggested donation of $5 per slice of pie, ice cream and beverage.

This day also features the annual Chik-Wauk “sidewalk” sale which offers steep discounts on many gift shop items. It will be a fun way to wrap up the summer and say “so long till next year,” to our friends and neighbors.

All proceeds help with the daily operational costs of the Museum and Nature Center.

Gunflint Trail Historical Society - September Membership Meeting

Monday September 9, 2019 01:30pm-03:30pm
A. Paul and Carol Schaap Community Center - 7401 Gunflint Trail

Held at A. Paul and Carol Schaap Community Center - 7401 Gunflint Trail

Meetings begin at 1:30 p.m. after a brief overview of GTHS business.

The Gunflint Trail Historical Society has four public membership meetings available to all GTHS members and the public. Membership meetings are held the second Monday of June, July, August, and September at either the Seagull Lake Community Center or the A. Paul and Carol Schaap Community Center (you can find a list of meeting dates and places on the GTHS website).
 

Treats and conversation follow (thank you to the ladies that provide the home baked goodies each month). If you would like to bring some baked goodies or treats for our monthly meetings please contact Judy Edlund 218-388-4400.



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