MUSKEGON – The Muskegon Heritage Museum, 561 W. Western Ave., unveiled a new elevator on Thursday, June 20.

The Muskegon Heritage Museum was established in 1983 by the Michigan Heritage Association. The museum and it’s members work to preserve information, photos and artifacts that help to showcase industry and tell the history of the Muskegon area.

The museum includes three stories that were previously only accessible by stairs. Muskegon historian and volunteer Allan Dake said during a special ribbon cutting for the elevator that parts of the museum had to be remodeled in order to install the elevator.

“Construction began in late fall and through the late winter. We had walls to remove, brick chimneys to take down. I can think of a couple of guys, Rich Clawson and Mr. Brunswick, those guys were beating on that chimney to get that thing down, so we can get the construction guys to come in and work on that elevator,” said Allan Dake.

Fundraising for the elevator began last year.

“As I was thinking about this day, it has really been just a little over a year. When we started it was June 6 we were here talking about ‘please help to open the doors to the future,’ said Anne Dake.

“Well in about four months we had about $1.3 million. It was just amazing.”

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