Please Help–Midland County History Museums Flood Relief

posted Jun 25, 2020

The Midland County History Museums Need Your Help to Save Their Buildings and Collections

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Following nearly five inches of rain in a 48-hour period, two dams on the Tittabawassee River failed on May 19, 2020, resulting in catastrophic flooding in Midland County that devastated large areas in Midland, Sanford, and other areas.

This included devastating flooding in two of our member historical organizations in the area: the Midland County Historical Society museums and the Sanford Centennial Museum complex. Both of these entities have been longtime member organizations of the Historical Society of Michigan and are in dire need.

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We are raising funds for the Midland County Historical Society and the Sanford Centennial Museum that may have been significantly affected to provide relief for the devastated portions of their historical collections and property.


The Sanford museum is a volunteer-run organization and is in desperate need of help and donations to save their collections and research facilities. Nearly a dozen of the buildings that make up the Sanford Centennial Museum complex were deeply affected and suffered major damage. The museum is very near the dam which failed in that community.

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The Midland County Historical Society also suffered greatly in this disaster. “The Doan History Center, where most of the Midland County Historical Society archives are stored, took in an estimated 24 inches of water throughout the facility,” noted Jake Huss, the society’s historical programs and exhibitions manager.

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Please consider helping these entities today. Donations received through this GoFundMe campaign will go directly toward the preservation and restoration of damaged property and salvageable artifacts and collections, such as the materials pictured here.

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The Historical Society of Michigan will withdraw the funds from the campaign and convey them to the Midland County historical organizations that have been most affected by this flood.

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Historical Society of Michigan 7435 Westshire Dr., Lansing MI 48917
Email | Phone (517) 324-1828 | Fax (517) 324-4370

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