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

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Michigan

Northwest michigan

ruling year

1998

President since 2012

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Mr Robert Strauss

Executive Director since 2003

Self-reported

Ms Linda Spencer

Keywords

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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, 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.  In 2014 we added a bed and breakfast program aboard the Milwaukee and group overnight stays on the USCGC Acacia.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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 discriminate. 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

150,000

Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Continue restoration of both of the ships and to continue utilizing them for tours, rentals, and Great Lakes maritime education.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    building up our membership, increasing visitor numbers, utilizing the ships for promotional purposes
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    we are now moored in our permanent location. very accessable to our visitors and passers by.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    we will see it in the numbers
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We have accomplished permanent mooring, engaged an active board, advertising goals have been met and continue to increase. Driveway and parking lot paving have been completed. Some dock upgrades have been started. Customer restroom facilities upgraded. Potable water and sewage system update complete on the boat.



    Critical funding still needed for USDA rural development loan.
    Funding for property taxes and museum display case upgrades.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Michigan

Northwest michigan

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, 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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Operations

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Society for the Preservation of the City of Milwaukee

Leadership

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President

Mr Robert Strauss

Executive Director

Ms Linda Spencer

BIO

Bob is employee of Snyder trucking. Bob has been involved with the ship for many years and has invested countless hours towards the success of our organization.

STATEMENT FROM THE President

"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, and other donors we have invested over $600,000 into the S.S. City of Milwaukee (2007-present).  The USCGC Acacia will help us develop overnight educational programs with scout and youth groups."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Robert Strauss

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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