2018-05-16 / News

Benefactor supports Marlette Train Depot renovation


Clifford VanNest has donated the money to replace the lower section of exterior wood siding at the Marlette Train Depot Museum. Clifford VanNest has donated the money to replace the lower section of exterior wood siding at the Marlette Train Depot Museum. Clifford VanNest of Royal Oak has stepped forward to fully fund the replacement of the lower sections of the exterior wood siding at Marlette's 1890 Train Depot Museum.

VanNest is a 1941 graduate of Sandusky High and a veteran of World War II. The Marlette Historical Society is grateful for his bequest.

The museum's lower facade had become dry-rotted due to aging and the weather and was falling apart.

Larry (Chip) Hyatt was hired as a one-man crew to complete the project. Treated lumber was used and is now ready for a fresh coat of paint prior to the museum's opening on Memorial Day weekend.

The Marlette Train Depot Museum will be open on Sundays from 2-5 pm through October.

Donations for admission are appreciated.

The Marlette Historical Society was formed in 1985 and first housed a museum at the “Kindergarten Cottage” adjacent to Marlette Junior-Senior High.

When the old Marlette Train Depot closed and was put up for sale, the organization and city secured a state grant to purchase and renovate the building. The foundation was secured, the raccoons were kicked out, and the Train Depot was brought back to its original glory.

VanNest's donation is now helping to secure the building for future generations as a repository for Marlette's historical past.

The historical society is run by a board of directors which includes Bob and Doris Wood, Bryonna Brydon, Julia Robbins, Doris Huntoon, Lani VanTrump, Patrecia Ross (vice-president), Bruce Irland (president), and VanNest's daughter, Carleen Foster (secretary-treasurer).

Anyone who would like to support the Marlette Historical Society/Train Depot can send checks to Post Office Box 296, Marlette, MI 48453. For donations of historical artifacts to the museum, Bruce Irland (810-404-1535) or Patrecia Ross (989-625-2001).

The group will soon work on displays for summer. Items can be donated or loaned and returned.

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