Midland County experience severe flooding on May 19/20 when two dams failed after excessive rain. We working to contact areas museums to see what is needed for support, and will post what we learn here. 

Saturday, May 23


All artifacts, damaged and otherwise, need to be removed from the buildings at the Midland County Historical Society Heritage Park immediately. People with Collections/Curatorial training are needed to lead small teams of volunteers with the removal. Facilities/construction personnel are also needed to remove walls and make building modifications to protect those structures. 

Safety needs in light of the pandemic are being considered and volunteers will work in small, socially-distanced groups. 

If you are able to travel to Midland to help, please contact Julie Johnson (johnsonj@midlandcenter.org).

They are also in need of additional freezer storage. Damage is more significant than initially thought and many usual resources are not available due to COVID-19. If you have any connections with sources for freezer space in the area or that can be moved there, please ask if it can be utilized and then Julie know necessary contact information. 

Thursday, May 21

The Midland Center for the Arts/Midland County Historical Society Heritage Park was completely flooded and while access is still limited, there is clearly water in the buildings. They are in need of the following immediately:

  • 100 cubic ft of freezer space 
  • Freeze-dryers
  • Dehumidifiers

Please contact Julie Johnston (johnsonj@midlandcenter.org) if you can provide any of the above. 

Michigan Museums Association       313-334-7643       PO Box 5246, Cheboygan, MI 49721      lcbrisson@michiganmuseums.org

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