Mission

The Gunflint Trail Historical Society builds community by connecting people to the Gunflint Trail region by sharing its cultural and natural history.

Purpose

The purpose of the Gunflint Trail Historical Society is to preserve the cultural history of the Gunflint Trail, to acknowledge the significance of the natural environment and its influence on Indigenous people to recent inhabitants, and to provide opportunities for exploration and education at Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center.

Vision

The Gunflint Trail Historical Society is the primary resource for history of the Gunflint Trail region.  The role of the Gunflint Trail Historical Society is threefold - preservation, presentation, and participation.

Preservation of the cultural and natural history of the Gunflint Trail through

  • Collecting and storing historical artifacts, photographs, audio and visual stories and documents (including electronic storage)
  • Cataloging, describing, interpreting, and mapping historic sites of the Gunflint Trail
  • Observing and documenting the natural history of the Gunflint Trail through recordings and citizen-science-based activities

Presentation of the cultural and natural history of the Gunflint Trail through

  • Exhibits and the library collection at Chik-Wauk Museum, the historic watercraft collection, and the cabin replica
  • Science based displays and the extensive field guide and reference library at Chik-Wauk Nature Center
  • Beautiful, well-maintained grounds and gathering places in a backdrop of native forest
  • Speaker programs

Participation in the cultural and natural history of the Gunflint Trail through

  • Providing opportunities to stimulate and inspire lifelong learning
  • Interactive displays
  • Hands-on multigenerational activities, both indoors and outdoors
  • Hiking trails through the forest and along the lake where aquatic life, trees, wildflowers, birds and animals may be observed
  • Opportunities to explore views of geological formations, waterways and large-scale landscape settings

Values

Innovation

  • Offers dynamic exhibits, activities and events that stimulate and inspire inquiry

Resourceful

  • Is a center of active listening and recording of stories

Inclusivity

  • Considers the valuable input from visitors

Integrity

  • Is a well known national, state, and local destination

Collaboration

  • Partners with other organizations

 ORGANIZATION INFORMATION


Articles of Incorporation 
ByLaws
Certificate of Incorportation
National Registry of Historic Places
Special Use Permit - USDA Forest Service
2015 USDA Decision Memo Amendment to Special Use Permit
2017 USDA Amendment to Special Use Permit
Committees of the GTHS
Conflict of Interest Policy
Gift Acceptance Policy
Chik-Wauk Boundary Maps
 

 
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