Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Society for the Preservation of the City of Milwaukee

  • Manistee, MI
  • http://www.carferry.com

Mission Statement

Our mission is to preserve and maintain the railroad car ferry SS City of Milwaukee as an educational and historic artifact. The S.S. City of Milwaukee is utilized for tours, overnight lodging, rentals and events, with a focus on education, youth and tourism.

Main Programs

  1. SPCM Programs
Service Areas

Self-reported

Michigan

S.S. City of Milwaukee is a National Historic Landmark.  USCGC Acacia is National Register eligible.  S.S. City of Milwaukee is a railroad carferry.  Similar ferries were used in the Great Lakes and other locations around the world.  The ferries initiated the concept of roll-on, roll-off loading.  USCGC Acacia is one of 39 buoy tenders/icebreakers built for the US Coast Guard during WWII, and was the last 180' cutter to be decommissioned.  S.S. City of Milwaukee is a permanently moored vessel, USCGC Acacia is operational and may visit other Great Lakes ports.

ruling year

1998

Principal Officer since 2009

Self-reported

Mr. George P. Micka IV.

Co Principal Officer

Self-reported

Linda Spencer

Keywords

Self-reported

Preservation of railroad car ferry, SS City of Milwaukee as a transportation museum. USCGC Acacia is a retired 180' U.S. Coast Guard cutter.

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Also Known As

SPCM, S.S. City of Milwaukee NHL, USCGC Acacia

EIN

38-2997645

 Number

2018491273

Physical Address

99 Arthur St.

Manistee, MI 49660

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

History Museums (A54)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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The SPCM provides historic tours for 2,500 to 3,500 visitors per year, and 2,500 to 3,500 Ghost Ship haunted house visitors.  For 2010 we will be adding overnight educational programs aboard the S.S. City of Milwaukee and USCGC Acacia, with annual visitor levels anticipated at 2,500.

Programs

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Program 1

SPCM Programs

Our programs include interpretive public, school, scout and church group tours and overnight educational programs.  We also own and operate a marina and RV park.  For more information please visit our website at www.carferry.com
Membership is open to the public, and the we do not descriminate. The S.S. City of Milwaukee is a member of the Historic Naval Ships Association.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$200,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Michigan

S.S. City of Milwaukee is a National Historic Landmark.  USCGC Acacia is National Register eligible.  S.S. City of Milwaukee is a railroad carferry.  Similar ferries were used in the Great Lakes and other locations around the world.  The ferries initiated the concept of roll-on, roll-off loading.  USCGC Acacia is one of 39 buoy tenders/icebreakers built for the US Coast Guard during WWII, and was the last 180' cutter to be decommissioned.  S.S. City of Milwaukee is a permanently moored vessel, USCGC Acacia is operational and may visit other Great Lakes ports.

Funding Needs

Critical funding needs include help with our USDA Rural Development mortgage ($100,000 delinquent balance, annual payment $52,801), City of Manistee, Michigan property taxes ($11,000 year approx.), operating support, capital funding and program support.  The S.S. City of  Milwaukee was built in 1931, the USCGC Acacia was built in 1944.  Our site infrastructure needs signficant upgrades (driveway paving, parking lot paving, landscaping, lighting, RV park upgrades, marina dock upgrades, office building renovation , etc.).

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SOC FOR THE PRESERVATION OF THE SS CITY OF MILWAUKEE
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Society for the Preservation of the City of Milwaukee

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Principal Officer

Mr. George P. Micka IV.

Co Principal Officer

Linda Spencer

BIO

Mr. Micka is a locomotive engineer for CSX Transportation. Mr. Micka previously served as a Guest Relations Host at Walt Disney World, and has obtained a M.A. in Parks and Recreation from Central Michigan University.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"S.S. City of Milwaukee is the last traditional (1892-1931) Great Lakes carferry.  USCGC Acacia was the last 180' Coast Guard cutter in service.  Our organization preserves these vessels and provides educational programs.  With the help of the Frank B. Foster Foundation and David Heckaman, we have invested over $125,000 into the S.S. City of Milwaukee (2007-2009).  The USCGC Acacia will help us develop overnight educational programs with scout and youth groups."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

George P. Micka IV.

Marquette Rail

Term: Nov 2009 - Nov 2010

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