Temporary ExhibitThe temporary exhibit for 2017 at Chik-Wauk Museum is “Remembering the Ham Lake Fire 2007."
The exhibit commemorates the 10th anniversary of the Ham Lake Fire which burned 75,851 acres in Minnesota (36,443) and Ontario, Canada (39,408), the second largest fire in Minnesota since 1918 (Pagami Fire in 2011 at 93,000 acres) . One hundred, thirty-three (133) total structures were lost in the first few days of the Ham Lake Fire on the Minnesota side. Sixty-one (61) were residences, 17 commercial, and 55 were outbuilding and other structures. The estimated value of lost buildings from Cook County Assessor’s office was $3.7 million.
The exhibit tells the stories of the Ham Lake Fire. A panel designed by Split Rock Studios displays the fire progression map and photographs. Using a tablet device, visitors to the museum are able to listen to WTIP Community Radio audio interviews and view Good Measure Media’s Ham Lake Fire video. An electronic photo frame shows photographs received from the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department, Cook County, local residents and others. Journals documenting Ham Lake Fire experiences are available in printed format.
We are very happy to work with the following organizations on this project; Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway Committee, Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department, U.S. Forest Service, WTIP radio, and Good Measure Media. We will have additional financial assistance from the Gunflint Trail Association/Visit Cook County, and the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation. Of course we could not put any of this together without the entire community helping us.