Mather-Klauer Lodge, MI

Mather-Klauer Lodge, MI

Three week-long sessions in early and mid-August.

Volunteer with HistoriCorps to rehabilitate the roof of the Mather-Klauer Lodge in the archaeologically rich Upper Peninsula of Michigan this summer!

PROJECT PARTNER: Hiawatha National Forest

STUDENTS: If you are interested in earning credit or a certificate through the HistoriCorps Institute, learn more and apply through the HistoriCorps Institute’s page.

Volunteers may sign up for  one or more sessions. We will send information about when to arrive at the mainland boat terminal the day before the project start date.


The Mather-Klauer Lodge is located on Grand Island in Lake Superior, a half-mile offshore from Munising, Michigan. The island has been inhabited for 4,000 years and is replete with archaeological sites. Much of the island was purchased in the early 1900s by William Gwinn Mather to use as his personal game preserve. He built Mather-Klauer Lodge as his retreat, and fenced off the northern portion of the island for imported animals like elk and caribou. Later additions doubled the size of the Lodge. It was privately owned until 2012, when the owners offered to sell it to the Hiawatha National Forest. It is now a museum and hosts summer archaeological field schools. The building needs work to maintain its condition in the harsh Great Lakes winters.

WHO:  All are welcome, no experience needed. Those age 14-17 must have a parent or guardian accompany them.

CHALLENGE LEVEL: MEDIUM. This project involves climbing and working on the Lodge's roof.

WHAT: In order to rehabilitate the Mather-Klauer Lodge roof, volunteers will:

  • Remove existing asphalt shingles, and install new shingles
  • Repair plywood roof elements
  • Rehabilitate chimney faces

WHERE: Mather-Klauer Lodge, Grand Island, MI (map)
Nearest town:  Munising, MI. Features all amenities, but as the project site is on an island, the town is only accessible via boat.

By hook or by crook, the HistoriCorps trucks always get to the project site! This image was taken during our 2015 project at Mather-Klauer Lodge.


  • The island is accessible by boat only, and there is no motorized transport on the island. HistoriCorps will coordinate a free boat transfer for volunteers.
  • We recommend volunteers plan to either bring or rent a bicycle when they arrive on Grand Island and pedal to the work site. HistoriCorps staff will carry volunteers' gear in the truck, so you can enjoy the ride unencumbered! Learn more about bike rental options here.
  • HistoriCorps will provide volunteers with camping near the project site. This site is not RV-accessible.
  • First time camping? Visit the National Forest Service's site for tips!
  • Field staff will train volunteers in the project work. All tools are provided. Please do not bring your own tools – we don’t want them to get lost!
  • Volunteers are responsible for bringing their own camping supplies including: tent, sleeping bag, pillow, toiletries.
  • Volunteers are responsible for their transportation to and from the project and campsite. HistoriCorps will work to coordinate a boat transfer to the island for volunteers.
  • HistoriCorps will provide volunteers with meals including: breakfast, lunch, dinner, water and snacks.
  • The work day will last from 8:00am – 5:00pm with breaks for lunch, snacks and water in between.
  • Volunteers must come prepared with proper attire including: sturdy work shoes, long pants and a work shirt.

If you have any further questions, please contact Liz Rice, Volunteer Manager, at or at 720-287-0100 ext. 231. Thank you for your interest in this project!

NOTE: You will know if you have successfully registered if you receive an auto-generated confirmation email, and/or if you receive a greeting from a HistoriCorps staff member. If you do not receive either of these emails, please try once again, and then reach out to Liz at / 720-287-0100 x231.

HistoriCorps is a service learning partner of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture committed to the preservation and stewardship of significant resources on public lands.

  • Volunteer Session 1
    July 30, 2017 - August 4, 2017
  • Volunteer Session 2
    August 6, 2017 - August 11, 2017
  • Volunteer Session 3
    August 13, 2017 - August 18, 2017
Price Qty
Volunteer Session 1show details + $0.00 (USD)  
Volunteer Session 2show details + $0.00 (USD)   Sold Out
Volunteer Session 3show details + $0.00 (USD)  

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