Pickle Barrel House Museum Dedication

July 3, 2005

It was a breezy day in Grand Marais as 250+ people gathered for the dedication and grand opening of the Pickle Barrel House Museum. The 20-minute ceremony, which began at 3:00pm, was followed by tours of the building. Several hundred visitors toured the barrel house, and children had fun hunting for 18 Teenie Weenies hidden around the house and garden. Below are some highlights of the day's events.

Before and After Photos

What a difference two years can make! Here is the Pickle Barrel in 2003, and also today:

Dedication Ceremony

Mrs. Susan Bennett, Chair of the Save the Pickle Barrel Committee, explained the history of the barrel house and the restoration project to the interested crowd.

Mr. Bill LaCombe, who was The Policeman in the Teenie Weenie pageant in 1926 (when the barrel house was given to the Donaheys) cut the ribbon, thereby marking his second dedication ceremony for the Pickle Barrel House! To the left and right are Mary Capogrossa and Jan Carol Ogden, great-nieces of William and Mary Donahey. Brad and Terri Smith and family, who are also Donahey relatives, came from Ohio for the ceremony.

Following the ceremony, people took tours of the new Pickle Barrel House Museum. The new marker was placed next to the front door.

Here are several views of the house showing the garden area:

Two special items are the Teenie Weenies planter, made by longtime Grand Marais resident Rosie Meldrum, and the plaque in the garden thanking the major contributors. The plaque is affixed to a large birch stump and sits at the entrance to the garden area. The planter sits next to the front door.

We are still fundraising to finish paying for the costs of the restoration and the establishment of a maintenance fund to keep the museum in good repair. Please visit our Donation Page to donate via PayPal, purchase some of our merchandise, or send a contribution to:

Save the Pickle Barrel
P.O. Box 179
Grand Marais, MI 49839

Your generosity is much appreciated!

A press release about the dedication is available here. Feel free to send it to your local paper!