June ,27 2003
We had a very
successful meeting with Phyllis Green, Isle Royale Superintendent. Our meeting
was in Duluth and was scheduled from 1300-1500 at the Inn on the Lake on June
19th. In attendance besides myself were, Grant Merritt, Jim Anderson, Stuart
Sivertson, Sally Orsborn, Pat Johns and his son Sean. A power point presentation
was made discussing the goals of our group. We emphasized our desire to make a
contribution to NPS and the public. Jim Anderson made a very powerful
presentation about his families history on Isle Royale. This presentation was a
demonstration model of part of what a complete interpretive program would look
like. Grant and Sally also made presentations. Phyllis stated that she was very
impressed with our presentation. Phyllis ended up staying until after
1600, asking questions and gaining new insights and a clear understanding of the
objectives of our group. I cannot thank this Superintendent enough for taking
the time to listen to the concerns of our families. Although Phyllis would not
commit one way or another to work with us, we gave her a perspective that she
had not seen before about what our families can do to contribute to Isle Royale.
Our PowerPoint Presentations are attached to this site if anyone wants to view
Royale Families and Friends Summer Meeting
try to attend our meeting which will be held on Barnum Island on August 3rd.
This follow up meeting to the Minneapolis winter meeting will be critical to our
success. We all know how difficult it is to get to the island, but your
attendance is urgently needed. Once again David Stokes, award winning journalist
from KDLH TV in Duluth will attend our meeting. He is investigating the
possibility of doing a documentary on the Isle Royale families. In addition,
Peter Oikarinen, the author of Island Folk will also be there. He is planning on
updating his book and our group is going to assist him in doing that.
be provided from Rock Harbor via the Voyageur ll on Sunday with the return on
Monday morning. You must make a round trip reservations early, as this is a very
busy week for the boat. Stuart has stated that if enough reservations are made
they will run the Wenonah. Accommodations will be available to everyone.
We have enough beds to accommodate those that cannot sleep on floors, boats or
in tents. You will need to bring a sleeping bag & pillow. Tent if you have one,
and enough food and drink to accommodate a Sunday snack and breakfast on Monday.
Dinner will be provided Sunday night (hopefully planked fish) among other
It would be really
helpful if you could confirm either way if you can make it or not.
Contact Information http://www.grand-isle-royale.com/
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Our Mission Statement
To continue the over 100-year
presence of family heritage, culture and rich human tradition on Isle Royale; to
assure the preservation of historic family dwellings; to enhance the experience
of NPS staff and Park visitors by serving as authentic links to Isle Royale's
rich human history.