Contact: Jonathan Moore, 715-491-6839
Volunteers Needed for Arcola Mills Visitor Center
ST. CROIX FALLS, Wisconsin: Are you passionate about the St. Croix River and its history? Interested in sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm with others? Arcola Mills and the National Park Service are looking for people just like you to assist with daily operations over the coming months.
From September 1 through October 26, 2012, Arcola Mills will be open to the public daily, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., as a visitor center for the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.It will be staffed by volunteers with support from National Park Rangers.
Volunteers will greet visitors, provide information, assist with programs and events, and perform other duties. Various weekday and weekend shifts are available. Training will be provided. Volunteers need not have a background in history but an ability to communicate effectively with varied audiences, from children to adults, is desired.
People interested in volunteering should contact Jonathan Moore at (715) 491-6839 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Located six miles north of Stillwater, Minnesota, Arcola Mills was the site of a small and prosperous village founded at the start of the lumbering era in the 1840s. Today, the site features the Mower House, a restored Greek Revival mansion built in 1847, and one of the largest undeveloped parcels of land on the shoreline of the nationally designated wild and scenic St. Croix River.
Arcola Mills is located at 12905 Arcola Trail North in Stillwater. For additional information, visit http://arcolamills.org.
ABOUT THE ARCOLA MILLS HISTORIC FOUNDATION
By the 1920s, long after the lumbering bonanza ended and the sawmill closed, the Mower family home and surrounding village fell into disuse. In the mid-1930s, Dr. Henry Van Meier and his wife Katharine purchased the Mower house and its surrounding 50+ acres of property on the St. Croix River. It became their summer house until Dr. Van Meier's death in 1979.
In the 1990s, after Katharine Van Meier's death, Arcola Mills was incorporated as a non-profit organization. Today, the mission of the Arcola Mills Historic Foundation is to restore and preserve this incomparable natural and historic place on the St. Croix River and to encourage people to gather here, to connect, learn, create and renew their spirit.
ABOUT THE ST. CROIX NATIONAL SCENIC RIVERWAY
The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, a unit of the National Park System, was established by the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in 1968. It is one of a group of eight rivers in the country that first received this recognition. For 255 miles, the St. Croix River and its tributary, the Namekagon, flow through some of the most scenic and least developed country in the Upper Midwest. For additional information on the Riverway call (715) 483-2274.
Did You Know?
Between 1850 and 1889 log jams occurred at angle rock on the St. Croix River between Minnesota and Wisconsin, where the river bends within a rocky gorge. In 1886 over 150 million board feet of logs jammed creating a tourist attraction. Today St. Croix NSR attracts tourists for its scenic beauty.