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Volunteers needed at Menominee Range Historical Foundation museums

Terri Castelaz/Daily News photo The Menominee Range Historical Museum features more than 100 exhibits depicting local history from Native American inhabitants through the early years of the 20th century with chronological displays and re-created period rooms. The museum, in the former Carnegie Public Library, 300 E. Ludington St. in Iron Mountain, was constructed in 1902 and listed as a Michigan Historic Site. Shown is the general store display as you enter the Historical Museum.

IRON MOUNTAIN — With the opening of the Menominee Range Historical Foundation’s three museums for the 2019 tourism season rapidly approaching, volunteers are needed to greet visitors and assist them while touring the museums.

Two of the Foundation’s museums — the Cornish Pumping Engine and Mining Museum and the World War II Glider and Military Museum will open Monday, June 3. The Menominee Range Historical Museum will open Tuesday, June 4.

Assistance is needed at the World War II Glider and Military Museum — four-hour shifts for morning or afternoon daily; the Cornish Pumping Engine and Mining Museum– four-hour shifts morning or afternoon daily) and the Menominee Range Historical Museum — four-hour shifts Monday through Saturday. Substitute volunteers are also needed.

The Menominee Range Historical Foundation is funded only through admission fees, gift shop sales, memberships, donations, bequests and occasionally grants. No tax dollars from city, county, state or national sources are received.

Without volunteers it would be financially impossible for the Menominee Range Historical Foundation to open and maintain its three museums throughout the summer and early fall.

“Volunteering at the museums is a great way to share our area’s heritage with visitors from across the country and around the world and provide a valuable service to the community,” said museum manager, Dianne Castelaz-Chiapusio.

To volunteer contact Castelaz-Chiapusio at 906-828-1822.

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