Step Back in Time to 1916 at Sleeping Bear Dunes

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Date: May 20, 2016

Celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th birthday by joining in the annual Glen Haven Days historic festival. The event will be held Saturday, May 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Glen Haven historic village and United States Life-Saving Service (USLSS) Station at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore). The festivities will include hands-on activities and costumed reenactments.

Park rangers will help bring the early 1900s to life, where you can discover various aspects of village life, learn about shipwrecks and practice early rescue techniques performed by the USLSS. There will be blacksmith forging demonstrations, visits to the general store, timber-framing, navigation, and a hands-on shipwreck rescue at 10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. The Lyle Gun will be fired at 11:00 a.m. at the cannery. All programs are free with a valid park pass. 

Glen Haven is considered one of the best surviving examples of an early steamship wooding (fueling) station. Food, fuel, and other services were provided for ships traveling the hazardous Manitou Passage on the route between Chicago and New York. Today, the National Park Service preserves and interprets the blacksmith shop, general store, boat museum (formerly a fruit cannery) and USLSS Station. 

After visitors explore Glen Haven, they can share their adventures at, or on social media, using the hashtags #FindYourPark and #sleepingbearnps.

Last updated: May 24, 2016

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