As we embark on the holiday season I would like to take a moment to thank you for your continual support throughout this past year. We are truly grateful for your commitment to our mission!
2018 has been a busy and exciting year for both museums.
Historic White Pine Village saw a 12% increase in admissions this year and a 40% increase in gift shop sales compared to two years ago. The Village was bursting with excitement as our first person interpreters entertained our many visitors. Our visitors were also able to enjoy our newest village exhibit — The Mason & Oceana Railroad exhibit which opened in July — thanks to our amazing donors, members, and volunteers. As visitors returned to the admission building on their way out they shared delightful stories of their time spent out on the grounds, taking in the nostalgia of our area’s past.
Port of Ludington Maritime Museum enjoyed its second year of operation and brought in a steady flow of visitors. In addition to the spring and fall hours, the museum was open seven days a week from Memorial Day – Labor Day thanks to the dedication and hard work of our staff and volunteers. Our volunteers shared their wealth of maritime knowledge with the thousands of visitors that walked through our doors. We opened the SS Badger exhibit on the third floor and are in the process of installing the U.S. Coast Guard exhibit. We have also begun exhibit design work on multiple exhibits that will portray the rich history of the lumbering, life saving, salt manufacturing, boat building, and commercial fishing industries that helped innovate our beautiful area. Thanks to the support of our generous donors and members all three of these exhibits will enhance the visitor experience as we share with them the remarkable history of our community.
I hope the news of our successes gives each of you a sense of pride. Your commitment to our mission pays honor to those that have gone before us who worked tirelessly to create what I like to call “majestic” Mason County, Michigan.
Thank you again for your support of our organization. We take great pride in our mission and our accomplishments, and thanks to your support we will be able to continue sharing the remarkable history of “majestic” Mason County, Michigan!