Temporary Exhibit

Tommy Banks and Billy Needham

The feature of Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center's temporary exhibit for 2019 season is on the story of two men, Tommy Banks and Billy Needham.

Tommy Banks, a bootlegger and gangster from Minneapolis was active during the days of prohibition.  
Billy Needham lived on Bearskin and Hungry Jack Lake and became known for his diamond willow lodge furniture and hand drawn maps.  

The two men became friends on the shores of Hungry Jack Lake.

On loan from Mary and Gary Connell, who own Tommy Banks cabin that was built in the 1930's. The Connell's have compiled newspaper articles, photographs, and artifacts from the life of Tommy Banks and his cabin caretaker, Billy Needham.

Their grandson John Hutchinson, has spent much time at his grandparent’s cabin on Hungry Jack Lake learning about the gangster Tommy Banks and his close friend Billy Needham.

John has recorded their story which you can listen to while you are visiting the Museum.


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