Menominee Range Historical Foundation readies displays

IRON MOUNTAIN – The Menominee Range Historical Foundation will open its three museums for the summer season next week.

The Cornish Pumping Engine and Mining Museum, along with the World War II Glider Military Museum, opens on Monday, June 2. Hours of operation for the season are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Cornish Pump and Glider museum are located at 300 Kent St. in Iron Mountain.

The Menominee Range Historical Foundation Museum, located at 300 East Ludington St. in Iron Mountain, opens its doors for the season on Tuesday, June 3. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

New additions have been added to the Glider Military Museum including a simulated gas station and the suspension of the Piper Cub and Heiserman airplanes. The 4-foot by 10-foot station, complete with a refurbished gas pump, will feature a 1930s Ford dump truck and Ford car. The installation of gravel and imitation grass is also complete.

“The Foundation has also accepted the donation of a working model of a Civil War cannon and have accepted an offer by the city of Kingsford to display the Ford Plant fire truck through a lease agreement,” said Kathie Fayas, Foundation secretary-treasurer.

The Historical Museum will feature a special wedding gown display this year. A collection of old and delicate gowns from 1911 to 1940s will be included in the case. There will also be a groom’s coat dating from 1893.

“Clothing is not displayed often or for any extended period, so it is important to visit the museum this season,” said Fayas.

A major pictorial display on Kingsford’s Ford Plant will also be highlighted this year at the museum. Included will be the Ardis Furnace, located on the north side of Iron Mountain, and John Tyler Jones, whose original mansion still stands on Grand Boulevard on the north side.

In mid-June the Foundation will be hosting its annual free day for all veterans from the Oscar G. Johnson Medical Center, and any other area veterans, at the World War II Glider and Military Museum.

“This is a rewarding experience because our military veterans have given so deeply without asking for or receiving special recognition,” said Fayas. “This museum has been built in their honor.”

Fayas would like to encourage area residents who have out-of-town guests to visit the three museums. “They will be in for a real treat,” she said.

“The Foundation Board is extremely thankful for all contributions received to help achieve their 2013 goals,” said Fayas.

The support of the general public is encouraged. Anyone wishing to become a member, or for more information, can contact Dianne Castelaz-Chiapusio, museum manager, at 774-1086.