Bringing the Past to Life
"Historic preservation is what the National Park Service is all about. It's one of our basic missions," says Kimberly Mann, historical architect at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Thursday, June 24, 7:00 pm Friday, June 25, 7:00 pm Saturday, June 26, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Ms. Mann is part of a new generation of Park Service staff for whom it's second nature to value the historic landscape as much as the natural landscape.
At Sleeping Bear Dunes she is an investigator of sorts, perusing old photographs, interviewing descendants of property owners, and examining the historic buildings. On site, she has found old coins and snapshots that help tell the story of the area's early settlers. Based on the evidence she uncovers, Ms. Mann develops architectural drawings used to reconstruct and restore the Park's historic farmsteads, cabins, and schoolhouses.
"It's really exciting to be able to bring these historic structures back near to their original condition, especially with the help of family members who sometimes have childhood memories of the sites," she said.
Her focus includes establishing partnerships with organizations that could occupy the historic buildings in the Park and provide financial support to preserve them. She says the partnership approach is blossoming throughout the national park system, as in these other examples:
A Three-Day Event
• Traverse City Opera House
Public meeting and art display on historic preservation in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore featuring John Debo, the superintendent of Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area in Ohio.
• Leelanau Historical Museum, Leland
Presentation on the history of North Manitou Island by Dr. Arnold Alanen, a University of Wisconsin scholar and leading expert on Sleeping Bear history.
• Port Oneida Historic District (on M-22 in the Park, five miles north of Glen Arbor)
A family-oriented all-day program featuring tours of historic Port Oneida led by Park interpretive rangers, a volunteer project to paint the Charles Olsen farmstead, a hands-on barn framing program for kids, information booths from area historic preservation groups, music, fun and more!
"Historic preservation is what the National Park Service is all about. It's one of our basic missions," says Kimberly Mann, historical architect at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
Thursday, June 24, 7:00 pm
Friday, June 25, 7:00 pm
Saturday, June 26, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm