Last November, the Camp Martin Johnson Heritage Museum in Irons, Michigan, earned their tax-exempt status but when I recently tried to locate its previous Internet location it seemingly has disappeared. The museum now resides in Heritage Park in Irons and I would like to know its present status?
Ever since the camp ceased operations in the late 1970’s it has been besieged with various problems. Just after it was sold looters descended on the camp property on Big Bass Lake stealing what they could. That the camp was sold in the first place was the true beginning of its downward plunge. The visions of Martin Johnson for his beloved land was now in ruins. He wanted children to enjoy his land and now only rich home owners do from the Heritage Bay Development Company.
Once Martin Johnson’s house was moved to Irons it established some hours for touring the facility. Another downside is that the gravesite remains at Big Bass Lake unmarked. It should be moved to the site of the house in Irons where it can be properly maintained.
Yet, now, with the Internet site gone, what has become of the Museum idea? Last year I spoke with Tom Curtin Sr., who had developed that website, but this morning I learned that he passed away last June. Now with the driving force behind that museum no longer with us, what will become of its fate? I also found a website asking for donations to maintain the museum but none was forthcoming.
However, where the vision of Martin Johnson really lives is in the hearts and minds of the campers and staff that went there as children. Yet even that will one day run its course. But, here, at Big Bass Lake and Beyond, the vision of Martin Johnson will remain both in the category (on sidebar) of Camp Martin Johnson but also on the man himself found in a page at the top of our website.
As for the status of the museum itself, if you know anything about what is happening there, leave us a comment.