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Museums Free Day Sunday

August 3, 2012
By TERRI CASTELAZ - Staff Writer , The Daily News

IRON MOUNTAIN - Iron Mountain-Kingsford Kiwanis Club members will be hosting their 18th annual Museums Free Day this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The special display at the Historical Museum, located at 300 E. Ludington St. in Iron Mountain, showcases memorabilia from the Iron Mountain-Kingsford General Federation Women's Club (GFWC) in honor of their centennial anniversary. The items have been collected by the club over the span of 100 years.

The exhibit at the Cornish Pumping Engine and Mining Museum at 300 Kent St. in Iron Mountain features a collection of receipts from the late George J. Eisele dating back more than 100 years.

A 1943 World War II military jeep that was completely restored by Clyde Unger last winter is now permanently housed in the World War II Glider/Military Museum behind the Mining Museum.

On loan for this day will be a display of Ford ads in handcrafted frames from the collection of Doug Oliver. Guy Forstrom will also be showing a part of his collection of Ford memorabilia.

"Oliver and Forstrom displayed their collections during the MAFCA tour and consented to return for Kiwanis Day so museum visitors could enjoy them," said Dianne Castelaz-Chiapusio, operations manager for both museums.

Friends of the Museum will also be holding a rummage sale in the "Dry" building across from the Cornish Pump. They will also have pop, water and baked goods for sale at this time.

An invitation is being extended to anyone with a classic car to join the Just Cruisin' Car Club in displaying their cars on the front lawn of the Cornish Pump.

"Join us for an afternoon of socializing and showing off your car," said a car club member.

"The event wouldn't be possible without the donation from the local Kiwanis Club," said Chiapusio. "When you see a Kiwanian, thank them for making this annual open house possible."

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