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Car 29 Project Fundraising Efforts on Track

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On Tuesday, November 19, 2013 the Grass Lake Area Historical Society proudly watched as a century old interurban car was delivered to our community.

Temporarily stored in the village barn, restoration work will
begin soon on the car. The vision of the Society is to eventually be able to present the car in it’s own facility. The focus will be on history of the electric car lines and on their importance to our area.

Many individuals have shared memories of the time when the interurban ran regularly through our village. Their arrival impacted families in many ways and changed the face our agricultural area. The Historical Society is interested in collecting memories, stories, pictures and such that will shed light on these changes. If you have anything that you can share in this regard, please contact the society. We have established an email address –

Please forward your stories or your contact information so that we can get in touch. You may also call Marilyn O’Leary at 522-8324.

A suitable building for the car will be needed. Many options are being
considered. Community input is encouraged and welcome and can be directed to the above address.

The Car #29 committee is embarking on what promises to be a long
fundraising effort to fund the restoration and a suitable building for the car.

Our initial fundraising event is planned for February 22. On this Saturday evening, a catered dinner has been planned. Our speaker, Norman Krentel, hails from Chicago and is a part of the restoration team working on Michigan Electric Railway #28 – the sister car to our #29.

The team at the Illinois Railway Museum acquired #28 in the 1970s. Norm will offer a very interesting and informative presentation directly related to our #29.

Sponsorships and individual tickets are available for this event. Sponsors are urged to act quickly. Information can be found elsewhere in this issue of The Gras Lake Times.

Additional information can be gotten by email to the above address or by contacting event coordinator Theresa at 847-532-5840.

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