Ramp makes museum more accessible

Submitted to the Pioneer
BIG RAPIDS — A new ramp leading to the main entrance of the Mecosta County Historical Museum will make the facility more accessible for all visitors.

The Mecosta County Historical Society executed the necessary planning and fundraising. Iltis Construction Company designed and built the ramp. A ribbon-cutting celebration is planned in the near future and will include a special invitation to all community members.

The museum is at 129 S. Stewart Ave, Big Rapids, and is open from 2 to 4 p.m. each Saturday. Docents are available to guide visitors through exhibits of a pharmacy, general store, 1800s living room, dining room with antique dishes and more. The 1874 Wooten Desk, once used by Woodbridge N. Ferris, founder of Ferris State University, and known as “the desk within a desk” sits just inside the entrance to the museum. There are displays of early logging from this area, early Native American information, military displays and an extensive collection of clothing and hats from early 1900s. Self-guided tours also are available.

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