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Restore the Memorial Building

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Help restore the Hartwick Memorial Building - a structure on the National Register of Historic Places  - located at Hartwick Pines State Park, Grayling, Michigan.

Built in 1929 by Karen Hartwick in memory of her late husband, Maj. Edward E. Hartwick, this important piece of Michigan history served over 65 years as the park office, museum, and visitor center until the new Hartwick Pines Visitor Center was opened in 1995. At that time, the building was closed and remained unused - until now!

In 2018, stabilization and restoration efforts began in earnest. The powder post beetle infestation that damaged many logs is under control, the raccoons and bats have been evicted, and the old casework and modifications from years past have been removed. The building has been cleaned and sanitized, and it is ready for public viewing. But this is just the first, small step toward a Grand Re-Opening.

Beginning Memorial Day weekend, 2019, the building will be open to the public for the first time in 25 years! Park staff and volunteer building hosts will be on-hand to answer questions and collect public input on future use ideas. Visit the Friends’ website  for more information on volunteering as a building host, an updated schedule of times the building will be open, and to give your input if you’re unable to visit. The project partners will consider all options for the facility and will make a determination on future use in due time.

In the meantime, there’s still a lot of work to do to make the structure sound again, and it will take considerable funding to see this project through to completion. Donations collected through this fundraiser will be used for ongoing stabilization and future rehabilitation projects. Your donations are important now, and we want to multiply the value of your donations by applying for matching grants available from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund, Michigan History Center, and others.

This project is a collaboration of: Friends of Hartwick Pines State Park; the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Parks & Recreation, Stewardship, and Marketing & Outreach Divisions; and the Michigan History Center. If your organization or business would like to contribute in-kind services or materials to the project, please call park headquarters at (989) [phone redacted].

Fundraising team: Memorial Building (3)

Pamela Engel
Grayling, MI
Friends of Hartwick Pines State Park
Bill Dawson
Team member
Hillary Pine
Team member

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