Lake Vermilion Cultural Center

When St. Mary’s Episcopal Church was built 125 years ago, it was the home to “Cousin Jack” families who came to work the Soudan Mine. The lovely little building has fallen into disrepair over the past few years and a group of interested people formed the Lake Vermilion Cultural Center to save the oldest building in Tower. Since Tower has no cultural center, auditorium, senior center, youth center, lecture hall, concert hall, child care center or a large meeting space for the charter school in Tower, our LVCC was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and started raising funds to save the building.  We were gifted the church by the Episcopal Church in Minnesota and are in the process of moving it to the historic center of Tower.

We purchased land, hired an architect and started raising funds to make this dream come true. To this point, we have raised close to $250,000 with our small fund raisers and by two or three private grants from local citizens. Our story is quite amazing in that there is not one penny of government or major grant money in our funding.  Now is the time that we need those new funds to complete our project and provide our greater community with this much needed facility. We have been holding educational programs for several years now as well as our popular Midsummer dinner concert which is held each June.  We have featured the countries of Great Britain, Sweden, Slovenia, Austria, Italy and this year--- Finland.

Community support has grown to the point that our last three years have been sell outs. This year we added a market to showcase local vendors. That has proven to be very popular and we will make that a two day market next summer.

Your help is greatly needed and we ask that you support us today so that we can finish our project in the next year. The foundation is being poured now, we are building a garage for storage, the building will be moved within a month and excitement is great.  Saving the only Victorian era building in Tower is so important that we are getting a great deal of interest from all over the country.

Please help us realize our dream.

 With thanks.

Mary Batinich

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Mary Batinich
Tower, MN

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