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Step back in time with a visit to an historic Great Lakes village and United States Life-saving station/Maritime Museum at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore during Glen Haven Day on May 24, 10:00am-4:00pm.
Join park rangers and volunteers in the restored Glen Haven Village and the U.S. Life-saving station where activities are designed to bring history, during the very early 1900’s, to life by providing visitors with many first-hand experiences relating to Michigan’s maritime heritage. Watch a blacksmith at the forge, discover the unique history of one of the area’s founders, visit a general store, learn how different tools used in logging shaped this area, participate in a shipwreck rescue, and much more. All programs are free. Participants need only purchase the Park Entrance Pass or have an Annual Pass displayed in their vehicle to join in the fun.
Glen Haven is considered one of the best surviving examples of an early Great Lakes steamship village in the region. A large dock, fuel, food, and other services were provided to ships traveling the Great Lakes between Chicago and New York. Today, the National Park Service preserves and interprets the Blacksmith Shop, General Store, Cannery Boat Museum, and the Sleeping Bear Point Life-Saving Station.