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Log Cabin Dollar Day is Saturday

Courtesy Photo Enjoy $1 admission and $1 planetarium shows Saturday at Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan, where you can experience history and fun at the same time. Above is The John Peter McKay cabin, built in 1898 on Smith Road about one mile east of King Settlement Road in Wilson Township. The cabin is part of the museum’s collection of century-old buildings that make up its Historical Village located in the museum’s backyard.

ALPENA — The Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan presents its annual Log Cabin Dollar Day from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Because of sponsors DTE Foundation and the Harry Johnson Endowment Fund, the museum is offering $1 admission and $1 planetarium shows per person.

Log Cabin Day is a special celebration of the people and natural resources that built our community. This event is a favorite, hosting a wide variety of activities, demonstrations, and learning opportunities for all ages.

The backyard historic village will be open to the public and feature special guides on hand to educate and entertain. Stop at the old Green Schoolhouse to meet the ladies of Delta Kappa Gamma and sing a few turn-of-the-century songs in Spratt Church. Come see the restored Katherine V: a 1928 wooden fishing vessel and learn about net-mending from Clarence “Tuffy” Cross. Visit the Devonian Fossil Park and take home any fossilized treasures you find.

Head back inside and visit the museum’s Avenue of Shops to see businesses like the Barber Shop, Henry Law Office and General Store. All the museum’s permanent exhibits, such as the Native American Gallery, Alpena Flyer, Besser History Hall, and its premier Fish and Wildlife Galleries will also be open all day to tour.

Two Alpena High School student exhibits are on display all summer long: “Continuum of Creativity” and “We Fought Back: Untold Stories of the Holocaust.”

Northeast MI Artists’ Guild continues to celebrate its 25th year, and kicks off NEMAG’s Really Big Art Sale at this event. Meet and greet NEMAG members in the Wilson gallery while enjoying music from Susie Manning on harp. The sale continues until Sept. 23, and 30% of all art sold benefits the Besser Museum.

While at the museum, don’t miss “Capcom GO!” an Apollo 11 program on the Digital Dome.

The planetarium will be open for several showings during the day, so plan your activities now.

Hot dogs, popcorn, and bottled water will all be available for $1, but save room for an ice cream sundae, served by members of The Founder’s Society, which dishes up tasty desserts every year.

For additional information about this event, visit www.bessermuseum.org or call 989-356-2202. The museum is located at 491 Johnson St., Alpena.

Besser Museum received $1,500 from DTE Foundation to help reduce the admission cost to its Log Cabin Day event.

The DTE Foundation’s Community Giving Program awarded the grant to Besser Museum. The Community Giving Program is designed to help bring local communities together and highlight the importance of supporting community-centered events.

As interactions gradually become more digital, it’s become increasingly important to support local community events happening across Michigan. In an effort to support these community events, the DTE Energy Foundation introduced the DTE Energy Community Giving Program as a pilot in 2017. The pilot funded more than 200 events statewide and its success spurred The Foundation to integrate the program as an annual feature of the foundation’s philanthropic strategy. While the DTE Foundation focuses on issues ranging from the environment to literacy and education, it also recognizes the significance of supporting organizations who host events that are so integral to the local economy.

The DTE Foundation is the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy. In 2018, the DTE Energy Foundation provided $18 million in grant support to nonprofits throughout the company’s service territories. As one of Michigan’s leading corporate citizens, DTE Energy is a force for growth and prosperity in communities across Michigan in a variety of ways, including philanthropy, volunteerism and economic progress. Visit DTEFoundation.com to learn more.