The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports on a $50,000 grant to help document the history of Fishtown. The Fishtown Preservation Society will use the money to :
…document “the evolution of fishing and Fishtown,” said Kathryn Eckert, chairman of the nonprofit group. Newspapers, legal documents, maps and personal stories will be used in a Historic Structures Report, essential to keeping the integrity of the century-old fishing village on the Leland River.
The report is mainly for architectural purposes, but preservation involves more than just blueprints, Eckert said.
“We want to know how the structures were built and used,” she said.
The grant, from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Jeffris Heartland Fund, requires $50,000 in matching funds, which Eckert is confident the group can raise. She said they’re “well on the way” with donations from locals, summer residents and even visitors who see the restoration that’s already been done.