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Charles L. Sommers Lodge interpretive center update

July 12, 2014 8:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

A ten-year project of the Charles Sommers Alumni Association has reached another milestone with the delivery of an advanced schematic design proposal from a world-class museum outfitter.

As many of you know, the SAA has undertaken an ambitious effort to restore the Lodge Building to preserve its place at Northern Tier and enhance its role in program at the base. Mike Holdgrafer, Northern Tier Committee member and past president of the SAA had the initial vision and sustained energy to tackle this project, and the exceptional generosity of Jim Sowell has enabled this project to develop beyond initial expectations.

Countless SAA members have contributed “sweat equity” to this project over the past decade. The results so far include complete exterior restoration, including log replacement, caulking, sealing, and finishing, total interior cleaning and varnishing of logs, ceilings, rafters and windows, fireplace renovation, and library floor replacement.

Split Rock Studios ( was engaged last year to help us with the museum/interpretive center logistics for the Lodge building. We were led to them by their work at Chik Wauk Lodge Museum on the Gunflint Trail, and also their work at numerous national and state parks. For more information, and to add ideas, please contact Dick Shank.
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