Grant Spotlight: Chippewa Nature Center
By Ben Tierney
One of the functions of the community foundation is something we call place improvement. Place improvement is exactly what it sounds like: Making something in the area we live better than it was before.
Thanks to donor support and the hardworking team at Midland's Chippewa Nature Center (CNC), we recently had the opportunity to help improve one of our community's most treasured assets.
In the second quarter of 2014, MACF trustees approved a $20,000 grant to the Timber Frame Barn Project at CNC. This year, a $7,500 grant was approved to assist with the purchase of two new 8-passenger golf carts for use by mobility challenged guests of CNC.
Recently, community foundation staff and guests had the opportunity to visit CNC and get an update on the Timber Frame Barn Project (and test drive the new golf carts, of course).
According to CNC Manager of Historical Program Kyle Bagnall, the construction method used for their timber frame barn became popular in the mid 1800s. The method is certainly considered old-fashioned, which made it a great project for volunteers and CNC staff to help keep history alive in Midland.
The barn is expected to last for hundreds of years. No metal nails were used, instead a technique utilizing mortise-and-tenon joints was employed for the build. Basically, square wooden pegs are driven into square holes to hold all the pieces together. This method of building began in the 1600s.
The new barn, which replaces an old one on the same property, will be utilized in Chippewa Nature Center classes and events. It will also have a practical use of storing animal hay in warmer months.
A ribbon cutting is scheduled for 3:30pm on September 24th at CNC and is open to the public.
MACF is proud to support projects that have a positive impact on all members of the community we call home.