Mission

The Gunflint Trail Historical Society builds community by connecting people to the Gunflint Trail region by sharing its cultural and natural history.

Purpose

The purpose of the Gunflint Trail Historical Society is to preserve the history of the Gunflint Trail and its early settlers for residents, guests, travelers and future generations.

Vision

The Gunflint Trail Historical Society is the primary resource for history of the Gunflint Trail region.  The role of the Gunflint Trail Historical Society is threefold - preservation, presentation, and participation.

Preservation of the cultural and natural history of the Gunflint Trail through
  • Collecting and storing historical artifacts, photographs, audio and visual stories and documents (including electronic storage)
  • Cataloging, describing, interpreting, and mapping historic sites of the Gunflint Trail
  • Observing and documenting the natural history of the Gunflint Trail through recordings and citizen-science-based activities
Presentation of the cultural and natural history of the Gunflint Trail through
  • Exhibits and the library collection at Chik-Wauk Museum, the historic watercraft collection, and the cabin replica
  • Science based displays and the extensive field guide and reference library at Chik-Wauk Nature Center
  • Beautiful, well-maintained grounds and gathering places in a backdrop of native forest
  • Speaker programs
Participation in the cultural and natural history of the Gunflint Trail through
  • Providing opportunities to stimulate and inspire lifelong learning
  • Interactive displays
  • Hands-on multigenerational activities, both indoors and outdoors
  • Hiking trails through the forest and along the lake where aquatic life, trees, wildflowers, birds and animals may be observed
  • Opportunities to explore views of geological formations, waterways and large-scale landscape settings

Values

Innovation
  • Offers dynamic exhibits, activities and events that stimulate and inspire inquiry
Resourceful
  • Is a center of active listening and recording of stories
Inclusivity
  • Considers the valuable input from visitors
Integrity
  • Is a well known national, state, and local destination
Collaboration
  • Partners with other organizations
 
Website by Katherine Hellner and Sandra Schutte of Two Dogs in the Web, LLC