Wooden Boats Afloat

May 2, 2017  |  by Bonifas Arts Center

Stories of Traditional Boat Building in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

July 15– September 7, 2017


This exhibit is a Michigan Humanities Council project that documents for the first time the wooden boat-building heritage of the Upper Peninsula. The exhibit looks at the role of wooden boats in the U.P.’s economic, social, and cultural settings.

Contributions include input from boat enthusiasts and experts from restoration boatyards, Huron Mountain Club, Westshore Fishing Museum, commercial fishermen, and rowing clubs.

Special features include displays on the Great Lakes Boat Building School and Birch Bark Canoes.
“This exploration of wooden boat-building will be of interest to many of us involved today in preserving the rich history of boat-building in Michigan.”  Scott Peters, Curator of Collections for the State of Michigan.

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“Wooden Boats” is made possible in part by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the Michigan Humanities Council.”


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