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Tuesday, May 27, 2014 9:58 AM

Amber Oja, resource forester for Plum Creek Foundation, presents a check for $2,000 to Bernadette Coates Passamani, director of the Iron County Historical Museum on May 19 in Caspian. The funds are to restore the log buildings on the museum grounds.
CASPIAN—State Rep. Scott Dianda will kick off the Iron County Museum’s Grand Opening celebration when he arrives on Saturday, May 31, at 10 a.m. He will honor the museum by presenting House Bill (HR No.363), the official tribute resolution declaring June 2014 as Log Cabin History Month in Michigan.
The museum has been selected for this honor because it is the site of more log cabins than any other place in Michigan. The Log Cabin Society of Michigan documents more than 100 other log cabin sites in the state.
The 26 structures at the museum are all of historic significance. There are continuing efforts to record and preserve the unique features of each building. Donated by local families, each log building was moved to the museum grounds sometime between the 1960s and 1989. They came from many locations in Iron County - from Beechwood to Amasa, Iron River and Stambaugh townships. The buildings include the Ranta, Koski, Petersen and Johnson cabins; the Maki sauna, Soderquist and Puotinen log barns and the Sharrad logging camp complex.
Displays and programs relating to log cabins will be featured throughout June. Of special significance will be a Log Cabin Workshop on June 28. Featured presenters will be announced soon. The workshop welcomes registration by anyone interested in log cabins.
Other opening-day events are planned. The Golden K men will make and serve a pancake brunch for all from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Museum founders Harold and Marcia Bernhardt will be present to view the newly installed memorial plate that indicates the name of the indoor Cultural Center in their honor.
Paid admission for the grand opening celebration include the opening ceremony, pancake brunch, visits to the gift shop and tour of the grounds. The log cabins, LeBlanc Wildlife Gallery and indoor facilities will remain open. Admission cost for the day is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, children and youth are free with a paying adult.
For more information, contact the museum at 906-265-2617 or email


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