Two Harbors Minnesota–The Friends of Edna G are seeking a group of dedicated volunteers that are willing to give tours on the historic Edna G Tugboat during Two Harbors Heritage Days 2019 and possibly during the rest of the summer. Tours have not been given on the tug in 5+ years. However, a new agreement with the City of Two Harbors has been ironed out and a new structural study was recently completed that shows the historic tug is not in imminent danger of sinking.
“We are just trying to raise the tug back up in our community.” stated Hayes Scriven, a volunteer with the Friends. He continues “It is important to open the tug back up for tours, it shows that people still want to learn about this amazing history and that the tug is more than part of the view in Two Harbors.”
Elliott Crompton, president friends of Edna G states, “The tug can’t be at the center of our community if we don’t have access to it, and can’t actively learn about it.”
There will be a meet and greet for interested volunteers on June 19 at 6:00 p.m. at the Law Enforcement Meeting Room in Two Harbors. In which interested volunteers will be giving a tour script and training on how to give tours. There will be a follow up training session on June 26 on the Edna G.
“We are very excited to be able to offer tours again on the tug boat again.” Scriven said. “Edna has played such an important role in our community and region, there is no reason we should not be letting the public learn about her amazing story.”
People interested in volunteering are asked to email the Friends at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Edna G Tugboat
Named for the daughter of J. L. Greatsinger, then-president of the Duluth & Iron Range Railroad Company, the tug was built in 1896 specifically to transport ore carriers to and from Two Harbors. She remained in service there for all but two years of her career, when she hauled coal barges along the East Coast during World War I.
She was retired from service in 1981
About the Friends of Edna G
The Friends of the Edna G is 501 c3 nonprofit organization committed to preserving Edna G for future generations, and educating the public about her place in regional and world history.
More information can be found at: friendsofednag.org
Thursday’s meeting of Friends of the Edna G went off on time, and attracted ten new interested parties.
Kathy Glenn, Elliott Crompton, and Tom Koehler all spoke about the condition of the Edna G, possible plans for her preservation, and steps on the road to nonprofit status.
There will be a follow up meeting in the middle of April to vote on board members, develop our mission statement, and discuss bylaws. The final date for the meeting will be released soon.
Our first community meeting is Thursday March 29th at 6:30 at the Two Harbors Library.
Kathy Glenn, Elliott Crompton, and Tom Kohler will be speaking. They will be discussing the formation of a non-profit, financing, volunteer needs, marketing, the condition of Edna G, and options for her preservation.
There will be a question and answer period following the main talk.