This display recreates the living spaces of the homes of Sand Islanders using artifacts from Sand Island whenever possible. The exhibit shows how Sand Islanders made a living by commercial fishing, farming, and lumbering.
They survived long, lonely winters surrounded by the cold waters of Lake Superior. Living and loving, Sand Islanders raised children, built a school, picnicked, swam, and took trips to the lighthouse.
They also faced death stoically, rescued and sheltered stranded sailors, and sometimes watched helplessly when the Lake took their loved ones. Starting before 1900, a community of summer residents settled on the island and also learned to meet the challenges of island living, becoming passionate “Sand Islanders”.
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