MyNorth News Service
(Press release provided by Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes)
Celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th birthday by joining in the annual Glen Haven Days historic festival. The Sleeping Bear Dunes events will be held Saturday, May 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Glen Haven historic village and United States Life-Saving Service (USLSS) Station at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore). The festivities will include hands-on activities and costumed reenactments.
Park Rangers will help bring the early 1900s to life. You can discover various aspects of village life, learn about shipwrecks and practice early rescue techniques performed by the USLSS. There will be blacksmith forging demonstrations, visits to the general store, timber-framing, navigation and a hands-on “shipwreck rescue” at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The Lyle Gun will be fired at 11 a.m. at the cannery. All programs are free with a valid park pass.
Glen Haven is considered one of the best surviving examples of an early steamship wooding (fueling) station. Food, fuel and other services were provided for ships traveling the hazardous Manitou Passage on the route between Chicago and New York. Today, the National Park Service preserves and interprets the blacksmith shop, general store, boat museum (formerly a fruit cannery) and USLSS Station.
Watch this MyNorth video to see the Lyle Gun demonstration!
For more Northern Michigan events, check out MyNorth’s Calendar.
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