Midland County experienced severe flooding on May 19/20 when two dams failed after excessive rain. We will post updates here, but please also visit the facebook pages of the individual museums:     Midland County Historical Society      Sanford Centennial Museum

The Historical Society of Michigan has created a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for the museums affected by the flood. 

Sunday, May 24

Midland County Historical Society

Volunteers are still needed to evacuate artifacts from the buildings. Contact Julie Johnson (johnsonj@midlandcenter.org).

Also needed are storage and packing materials especially regular and oversized boxes. 

They have enough freezer space now.

https://www.ourmidland.com/news/article/Doan-History-Center-Heritage-Park-rescue-damage-15292194.php

https://www.wnem.com/news/volunteers-help-preserve-midland-history-after-flood-more-volunteers-needed/article_94d3c498-9e2d-11ea-ae70-fb49f9b7f8b3.html 

Sanford Centennial Museum

This museum compound was also engulfed and according to their facebook page volunteers are needed for cleanup. We are working to find a contact to get logistics for how to assist. 



Saturday, May 23

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED THIS WEEKEND

All artifacts, damaged and otherwise, need to be removed from the buildings at the Midland County Historical Society Heritage Park immediately. People with Collections/Curatorial training are needed to lead small teams of volunteers with the removal. Facilities/construction personnel are also needed to remove walls and make building modifications to protect those structures. 

Safety needs in light of the pandemic are being considered and volunteers will work in small, socially-distanced groups. 

If you are able to travel to Midland to help, please contact Julie Johnson (johnsonj@midlandcenter.org).

They are also in need of additional freezer storage. Damage is more significant than initially thought and many usual resources are not available due to COVID-19. If you have any connections with sources for freezer space in the area or that can be moved there, please ask if it can be utilized and then Julie know necessary contact information. 

contact Julie Johnson (johnsonj@midlandcenter.org).

Thursday, May 21

The Midland Center for the Arts/Midland County Historical Society Heritage Park was completely flooded and while access is still limited, there is clearly water in the buildings. They are in need of the following immediately:

  • 100 cubic ft of freezer space 
  • Freeze-dryers
  • Dehumidifiers

Please contact Julie Johnston (johnsonj@midlandcenter.org) if you can provide any of the above. 

Michigan Museums Association       313-334-7643       PO Box 5246, Cheboygan, MI 49721      lcbrisson@michiganmuseums.org

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