Glen Haven Days Celebrate Maritime History in Northern Michigan

Get ready for a day of fun and discovery at the annual Glen Haven Days! The event will be held Saturday, May 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Glen Haven Historic Village and U.S. Life-Saving Service (USLSS) Station at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The festivities will include hands-on activities and costumed reenactments with park rangers and skilled volunteers. All programs are free with a valid park pass.

Park rangers will help bring the early 1900s to life. You’ll discover various aspects of village life, learn about shipwrecks, and practice early rescue techniques performed by the USLSS. There will also be blacksmith forge demonstrations, visits to the general store, timber-framing, and a hands-on “shipwreck rescue,” just to name a few of the activities.

Glen Haven is considered one of the best surviving examples of an early steamship wooding (fueling) station. In addition to fuel, food 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.

After exploring Glen Haven, share your adventures at FindYourPark.com and social media using the hashtags #FindYourPark and #sleepingbearnps.

—Press release provided by National Park Service


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