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“We’re hoping there’s more out there,” Merriman said. “This history is important for everyone.”
In Long Lake, the canoe that once was relegated to a corner is now the museum’s centerpiece — fitting, since it’s about 6 miles from where it was discovered. The museum will rope it off and enclose it in a glass case with updated details about how rare and old it is.
“We’ll never loan it again, especially now we know what it is,” Ferrin said.
It’s not just newfound fame for an ancient artifact but also for the small museum. Founded by pioneers 107 years ago, the nonprofit is housed in an old school building. It’s run by Ferrin and other volunteers, and admission is free when it’s open for four hours on Saturdays.
“It is [the main attraction] now,” Ferrin said of the canoe. “We hope it will draw visitors.”
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