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Chik-Wauk in Winter


Forget Black Friday, around here every day has been white, white, white, since the 3 inches of snow that piled up on the Gunflint Trail on Thanksgiving morning. With up to 25 additional inches of snow forecasted to fall by Wednesday night, it seems like a good time to hunker down and start cranking on winter Chik-Wauk projects, like tending to the archives and preparing for the season to come.

Today is “Giving Tuesday” – a special day sponsored by GiveMN (the same folks that brought you “Give to the Max” day last month) that seeks to take the focus off of holiday spending and put it back on holiday giving.  Today only, the kind folks at GiveMN are offering $100,000 in matching grants to the 50 Minnesota nonprofits who raise the most donations today. If you find it your hearts and holiday budgets to support the Gunflint Trail Historical Society today with a donation, we’d be most grateful!

One of our winter projects is adding content to the new Passport into the Past website. Passport into the Past is a special historical program for elementary school aged children and their families. The program is used in the local school systems and introducsd kids to Cook County history by visiting 19 different historic sites around the county. Each historic site (you guessed it, Chik-Wauk represents the Gunflint Trail!) has its own Passport into the Past website, where kids and adults can view specific information, like videos, tours, stories, and photos about that area. We’re just finishing up a special presentation that gives a general overview of Gunflint Trail history, so stop by often to see the content we’ve added.

By the way, have you seen the new Gunflint Trail Explorers website? The Gunflint Trail Explorers is another exciting kid-centric program that’s based out of Chik-Wauk. It’s not to early to start planning next year’s summer trip up the Trail!

Stumped on what to get that hard to shop for somebody on your holiday list? Once again, we are offering our DVDS – Gunflint Trail Pioneers and Gunflint Trail Businesses Past and Current – for mail order.  Just fill out  DVD Mail Order Form and return it to us with payment via personal check and we’ll get your order shipped just as soon as we possibly can. Learn more about the DVDs here.

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