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Chik-Wauk Museum’s Artifacts

Since its formation in 2005, Gunflint Trail Historical Society has been collecting artifacts of historical significance to the Gunflint Trail. Those artifacts now make up the displays at the Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center.

The opening of Chik-Wauk in summer 2010 marked a slowing in the GTHS’s artifact acquisition.  Due to limited space, the GTHS is unable to accept further artifact donations at this time. However, this doesn’t mean that your artifact won’t have a home at Chik-Wauk. We’re simply unable to accept further artifacts without first developing a plan for how the GTHS will use your artifact. We are still very interested in your artifact and ask anyone contemplating an artifact donation to the GTHS to complete and submit the “Artifact Donation Form” below:

Artifact Donation Form

One thing we can never have enough of are photographs.  We always welcome your donation of any historical Gunflint Trail photos you may have in your possession. These photographs make up an invaluable part of our archives and will be used in future exhibits at Chik-Wauk as well as be made available to outside researchers.

Thanks to digital technology, we don’t need your physical photographs. We welcome digital scans of your photos – just send us a disc or share through Picasa — if you prefer to hang onto your originals. We’ll happily scan your old photographs and return them to you too, if that’s easiest for you.

You are welcome to place restrictions on the use of any photographs you share with the GTHS. For example, you might request that all photos be credited to you when used in exhibits or that you be contacted to grant permission before any of your photographs are used. The GTHS uses PastPerfect museum software to organize photos and artifacts as well as track photos and artifacts’ usage and restrictions.

The Gunflint Trail Historical Society can only present a history as complete as the resources it has at its disposal. We invite you to contact us about any artifacts or photographs you’d like to share with GTHS. If you have questions, please email us at We’re happy to answer any questions you might have!

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