TOP OF THE LAKE SNOWMOBILE MUSEUM
New Building Project
October 19, 2013
The new, bigger and better, Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum is now OPEN for business!!
This page is dedicated to the new museum building, which has already become a project of the whole "snowmobile community". We consider this to be "your project". We thank everyone who has been or will be involved in helping us preserve the amazing history of the snowmobile.
The current museum began in July, 2007 in a rental building, which has become a great beginning experience for all involved. We began with 62 snowmobiles and some memorabilia, and have grown to 84 snowmobiles and a building completely full of memorabilia of a wide variety. Everything in the current building has been loaned or donated by generous snowmobile enthusiasts from all over the US and Canada.
The Museum Board purchased a site on the north side of US 2 in Naubinway, MI in July, 2010. The site has been cleared and is ready for the next step. If anyone needs basketball size rocks, we can help you out! We are currently getting building cost estimates to take to the bank. We had a Board meeting on Feb. 2011 with our architect. She has the drawings ready. We have decided to downsize considerably, just so we can get out on the highway - Location, location, location!! The building has been designed so that we can add on at a later time.
As of Feb., 2012 we are in the process of applying for a USDA loan and are looking for any offers of labor or whatever anyone is willing to help us out with. We do need your offers of labor or materials in writing so we can put that in our application for the USDA loan. We need these as soon as possible. All donations are tax deductible! We are working to get this project going next spring.
The Museum was notified in Dec. 2012 that we were awarded a $35,000 MCACA grant! This is a Capital Improvement grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. We are required to utilize the funds between Jan 2013 and Sept. 2013. We are very excited to have this to help with our building funding! With this grant and our donations, we were able to go to State Savings Bank in Manistique, MI and a loan was approved on March 14, 2013! Plans are now in the works to begin construction this spring, as soon as the snow goes. Stay tuned for more!
On March 14, 2013 the State Savings Bank of Manistique, MI approved a loan for the new museum! That means we will not be going through the USDA Rural Development Loan. The red tape is gone, and we are planning on beginning construction the middle of May, 2013. Donations keep coming in, which is so important to help us create a fantastic museum which will properly display and preserve the history of the snowmobile and involve the great supporters of the museum. We are borrowing $200,00, which is the minimum needed and that is without a paved parking lot. This will keep the monthly payment $70 more than what we have been paying for the last 4 years. Your donations and the MCACA grant have made this possible! Thank you!!
Click here for Fundraiser Form The Museum Board would like to introduce the idea of our fundraiser promotion. We have purchased the property and are anxious to move out to the new location. We are hopeful that the snowmobile community is as excited about the preservation and promotion of the snowmobile history as we are. According to the outpouring of donated items that we have received in the last 6 years, we do consider this museum as "Your Snowmobiler's Museum". With the payments that we have been making on this current rental building, we know we can make payments on $200,000, so our goal is to raise $100,000 so we can begin construction as soon as possible.
The Challenge includes:
1.The Museum is raising $100,000 and has acquired a loan for $200,000 to complete the new building.
2. All donors contributing $50 or more will be listed on our donor wall at the Museum and will receive a tax deductible receipt. All donors will have their name put on a plate for the "Donor Wall". Donations over $500 will receive a snowflake on their tag and a membership to the musem. Over $1000 will receive 2 snowflakes and a lifetime membership to the museum and a banner ad on the museum website.
3. All $1000 donors will receive either a gold lifetime membership or a free banner ad on our website for 5 years.
4. Contribution forms are available at the Museum and are in the Fall, 2014 Newsletter.
We will continue to update the information on the progress of this exciting adventure. Pictures can be found on the Gallery of Photos page.
New Building Donors/Contributors:
LABOR AND EQUIPMENT:
Aaron Schroeder/backhoe, Engadine, MI; Dave Kujawa/dozer & labor, Gould City, MI;
Zellar Excavating/chipper, Germfask, MI; Bruce Hamill/logging truck, Engadine, MI;
Hiawatha Sportsman's Club/site for stumps, Engadine, MI; Mike Meier, Naubinway, MI - Labor
Jason Vallier, Engadine, MI; John Ketcher, Engadine, MI - Labor
Jack Gribbell, Engadine, MI - Rock Digger Aaron Oberle, Engadine, MI - Labor
Scott Owen, Newberry, MI - Computer Services Vern Johnson, Engadine, MI - Labor
Karen Johnson, Mackinaw City, MI - blueprint work Ron Leveille, Engadine, MI - Labor
Kurt Krause, Engadine, MI - Labor Sean Feneley, Engadine, MI - Labor
Bob Edwards, Engadine, MI - Labor Gary Derusha, Rexton, MI - Labor
Paul Williams, Engadine, MI - Labor Ellis Sutfin, Naubinway, MI - Labor
Bruce Gustafson, Engadine, MI - Labor Randy Gallier, Naubinway, MI - Labor
Ken Vollick, Naubinway, MI - Labor
Ev Ferrell, Dorchester, NH - New seat for Raffle 2012 sled Allen & Carl Frazier, Naubinway, MI, Labor
Architect Forum, Mackinaw City - Blueprint drawing/architect services discount
Tim Woder Construction, Gaylord, MI - donated the backhoe & labor to dig the footings
Kurt Doepke, Hawkwood Construction, Gould City, MI - Carpenter skills, install windows & doors
Mike Butkovich Trucking, Engadine, MI - donated his backhoe for backfill and dig the trench for electrical
Shaum Construction, Engadine, MI - donated equipment & driver to move trusses
Scott Owen, Newberry & Ben Lewis, Sault Ste. Marie, - donated labor to set up computer service
John Matchinski & Crew, Engadine, MI - donated labor for trusses, roof sheeting & shingles and the sidewalk - $11,000 labor donation
Todd Seelye, Marion, MI - foundation/concete work, donating $10,000 labor cost
CertainTeed, Roger & Bob Werner - Building wrap and siding and trim - $13,000 donation
Concrete Resource, John Jared & crew - Polish the concrete floors - $13,000 donation
John Krenek, Engadine - donated labor to install cabinets in kitchenette
Naubinway Christian Fellowship - painting the walls, & provided lunch and dinner for the crew
Local women, Naubinway & Engadine - cookies, lunch & other snacks for the daily workers
Drew Michelson, St. Louis, MI, - log table & bench
Beaudoin's Marathon/fuel, Naubinway, MI;
Rick & Nancy Mallory (Lost Viking Enterprises-proceeds from sale of in-line filters), Cass City, MI
Onaway Snowmobile Club (50/50 donation), Onaway, MI
John Matchinski Builder, Inc, Engadine, MI
John McGuirk, Sidney, Ohio Bud & Gerri Knapp, Grand Rapids, MI
Guy Bowman, Gulliver, MI Roger & Margie Myers, Weidman, MI
Steve Blair, London, Ohio Roger & Karen Jarema, Boyne Falls, MI
Greg & Stephanie Karbowski, Holland, MI Shute Oil Co, Rudyard, MI - Raffle donations
Gary & Nancy Koska, Cold Spring, MN Gilbert Stump, Petoskey, MI
Don Soukup, Sturgeon Bay, MI Fred Ritter, North Bay, Ontario
Boa Ski Brotherhood, West Allis, WI Darrell Peters, Vallonia, IN
Low Buck Vintage Riders, Menasha, WI Craig Hardigree, Columbia, TN
Gary Beemer, Attica, MI Matt Beemer, Lapeer, MI
Brian & Diane Jung, Randolph, WI Monty & Art Fielding, London, Ontario
Team MPX Racing, Unionville, MI (donated winnings from the 2011 One-Lunger Races).Team Members: Derrick Rasch, Dave Pigeon, Brian Anderson, James Bristow, Mike Obey, Kaylina Caswell, William Doran, & Cal Kunicki.
East Jordan Sno-Mobilers, Inc., East Jordan, MI Lou Jensen, Mt. Pleasant, MI
Ed Middleton, Naubinway, MI McCoy Trenching & Excavating, Lewiston., IL
N.E.W. LowBuck Vintage Riders Snowmobile Club, Pembine, WI
GoGo Diablo (Bruce Schoblaska), Suamico, WI Terry Bond (M-28 Towing), Shingleton, MI
Rogers City Antique & Vintage Snowmobile Group, Rogers City, MI
White Pine Lodge, Christmas, MI Doris Haapala, Naubinway, MI
Gordon Breeding, Alpena, MI Jeff Malaska, Sault Ste. Marie, MI
Ron & Cindy Cowen, Chelsea, MI George & Rose Creamer, Hillman, MI
Kris Larsen, Kewaunee, WI Dave Whitehead, Lake Nebogemon, WI
Arnie & Lorraine Frazier, Naubinway Steve Bilacic, Turner, MI
King's Fish Market Retail, Naubinway, MI Victor Freed, Engadine, MI
Randy & Mary Abramson, Ironwood, MI Alan Wolfgang, Saginaw, MI
Roth's Resort, Engadine, MI Howard & Holly Smith, Gould City, MI
Dan & Karen McLaughlin, Naubinway, MI Dale & Betty Lypps, Hilton Beach, Ontario
Larry Hoverman, Lakeview, OH R. J. "Curley" Myers. So. Branch, MI
Antique Snowmobile Society, Cohasset, MN Snomads Snofari Club, Davison, MI
John & Eleanor Vallier, Portland, MI Dennis & Lola Manner, Linden, MI
Steve Bilacic, Turner, MI Don & Marilyn Willson, Nevada, OH
Larry & Patti Weinreis, Newberry, MI Dave & Lynne Pettit, New London, WI
ASBA Snowmobile Club, Traverse City, MI - Raffle Donation
Don Soukup, Sturgeon Bay, WI Dick Lesatz, Downers Grove, IL
Randy Lesatz, Seymour, WI Rogers City Snowmobile Club, Rogers City, MI
White Pine Lodge, Christmas, MI Traverse Motors, Traverse City, MI
Lorraine Frazier, Naubinway, MI Ogemaw HIlls Snowmobile Club, Rose City, MI
Gary Trombley, Newberry, MI Bill Zibell, Boyne Falls, MI
Keith & Meg Warning, Shorewood, IL Sam Simon Electric, Westphalia, MI
Dr. Tom & Henrietta Robinson, Brimley, MI Doug Bolfa, Genoa, OH
Kemper Freeman, Livonia, MI Loren & Carola Anderson, St. Germain, WI
John Zeglin, Delano, MN John & Cynthia Sadowy, Applegate, MI
Dan & Karen McLaughlin, Naubinway, MI Ben & Sharon Kingren, Naubinway, MI
David Karl, Grosse Ile, MI MCACA Grant
Certified & Diversified Services LLC, St. James, MN
Don Hamilton, Thunder Bay, Donald & Marilyn Willson, Nevada, OH
250 Snowmobile Group, Wisconsin Richard & Catherine Hollowell, Cedarville, MI
Tom & Debbie White, Merrimac, MA Jerry & Ann Gengler, Chesaning, MI
Larry Hoverman, Lakeview, OH Steve & Corey Roth, Reese, MI
White Pine Lodge, Christmas, MI Ron & Dolores Whitman, Bryan, OH
Grand Valley Starlight Riders, Saranac, MI John West, Lennon, MI
Vides King, Naubinway, MI Sally Schultz, Naubinway, MI
Shute Oil Co., Rudyard, MI Bruce Schoblaska, Sobieski, WI
Lee & Marlene Kasper, Albertville, MN Rollin Siegfried, Eagle River, WI
Midwest Vintage Snowmobile Shows, Inc, Waconia, MI
Mike & Gertie Meier, Naubinway, MI Keith & Meg Warning, Shorewood, IL
East Jordan Sno-mobilers, East Jordan, MI Dave & Denise Shute, Rudyard, MI
Doug & Darla Bonno, Iron River, MI Roger Werner, St. John's Fl
First National Bank, St. Ignace, MI Paul Donnenwerth, Saginaw. MI
Gary & Matt Beemer, Attica, MI Jerry & Ann Gengler, Chesaning, MI
Don & Connie Massey, East Jordan, MI Brian Wiegel, Minot, ND
D & D Home Center, Engadine, MI In Memory of Dorothy West, Lennon, MI
Larry & Tammy Bicigo, Crystal Falls, MI Tracy Germain Ins. Agency, Engadine, MI
Catherine Hollowell, Cedarville, MI Dale & Shirley Ledger, Gaastra, MI
Sailor's Cove Marine, Ortonville, MI Leroy & Thelma Boucha, Engadine, MI
D & D Hardware, Engadine/Newberry, MI - Materials supplied at cost.
David Shope, Quality Plumbing & Heating, Inc, Rapid River, MI - Install plumbing & heating, 1/2 labor cost
John Jared, Lansing, MI - concrete finishing (polishing)
Fred Edgerton, Hale, MI - donated labor for a fireplace
Zellar Excavating, Gulliver, MI - donation of 150 yards of gravel
Architect Forum. Mackinaw City, MI - Donated $15,000 of fee for building plans
Lester Livermore, Naubinway, MI - flowers on the new site
Mike Butkovich, Engadine, MI - donation of 150 yards of gravel, use of equipment
Kurt Doepke, Hawkwood Construction, Gould City, MI - donating installation of windows & doors
Richard Flatt, Engadine, MI - Landscaping
Newberry Electrical Co. - 2 days labor for the construction project
Kyle Hinck, Cincinnati, OH - architectural drawings for the main sign
Don & Maria Brouwer, Fresno, CA - funding for the fireplace
Chairs for 50 people in our meeting room, cabinets, a coat rack, filing cabinet, coffeepot, commercial microwave, small tv screens to show dvd's.