National Restoration Nonprofit Sets Sights on Sturgeon Bay’s Historic Granary

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Update

Although Local 5 asked on scene about HistoriCorps’ plans for the granary and reported the answer given, HistoriCorps has contacted the station with a correction to information provided by a representative in the field.

Their statement reads as follows: 

According to HistoriCorps’ Director of Operations Jonas Landes, “HistoriCorps is certainly excited about the possibility of restoring the historic granary, however the project has not yet been confirmed. Until we have assessed Mr. Prochaska’s reports and collaborated further with our potential partners, we cannot yet declare that we are indeed restoring the structure.”

Original Story

Tuesday morning, members of the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society gave a tour of the city’s century-old grain elevator to a special guest.

Ryan Prochaska is a Project Supervisor with HistoriCorps,  a Denver-based nonprofit aimed at organizing volunteer crews to restore historical structures that have fallen into disrepair.

He told Local 5 that the granary is an ideal candidate for the organization’s services.

“[the granary] looks like a great project, a lot of opportunities to bring our crews out and volunteers and work to fix it up and restore it and make it a useful building for the community again,” Prochaska said.

Over the next few weeks, HistoriCorps will build a crew to get to work restoring the structure.

“The foremost I think is stabilizing it, preventing it from any further deterioration,” Prochaska explained, “keeping the elements out of the building.”

The group was alerted to the granary by the Historical Society.

Shawn Fairchild, Vice President of the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society was on hand to show Prochaska the structure, and was excited at the prospect of working with HistoriCorps to rebuild the historic landmark.

“Finding that dedication and that kind of help that they can gather through volunteer work and people who are interested in doing it just fits together with our puzzle really well,” Fairchild said.

The Historical Society hopes the granary will someday serve as a public and event space, and possibly even a museum.

HistoriCorp also reviewed the Potawatomi Park Tower, which has been closed since April due to significant display.

The group plans to help restore that structure as well.

To learn more about volunteering with HistoriCorps, click here.

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