Fundraising for the Menominee Fisheries Museum to construct a new building to store the archives
MENOMINEE, MI (NBC 26) — A fishing museum in Menominee, Michigan is working hard to raise thousands of dollars.
The West Shore Fishing Museum is in an area deeply rooted in the history of commercial fishing.
“It’s so funny when people say ‘I worked on this boat’ or my grandfather worked on this boat,” said Tina Oman, a museum volunteer.
The museum traces fishing from prehistory to modern times. However, as this story continues to expand to the present day, the museum is running out of space.
“At the moment, our archives are kept in this old chicken coop,” Oman said.
For the past few years, the museum, which operates entirely on donations, has been working hard to raise enough money to expand and create space to store the archives.
“We hope to have a building that can house them as well as exhibition space for traveling exhibits or items that we cannot show due to lack of space,” Oman said.
Oman said the museum had raised about $85,000, more than half of the fundraising amount it needed.
“We already have the plans drawn up and approved by the architects and the powers in place to approve the plans. We are all set to go except it is a slow process to raise funds just with our donations,” Oman said. .
The site of the museum’s existing gift shop is where the expansion is expected to take place. Work has already started.
“We are not in front of a patio but in front of the foundations of a building. We work as we can afford. We do not overstretch or take out loans,” Oman said.
Together, the volunteers and the community work hard, not only to create a building, but also to preserve the archives for generations to come.
If you would like to help the museum in its fundraising efforts, donations can be sent to:
Noreen Johnson, President of the Bailey Property Preservation Association
N4486 State Highway M35, Menominee, MI 49858
Pat Cheski, treasurer of the Bailey Property Preservation Association
N2490 State Highway M35, Menominee, MI 49858