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New Chris-Craft exhibit opens at Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum

Echo Press photo by Celeste Beam

The Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum (MMLM) is pleased to announce the public opening of the new History of Chris-Craft exhibit.

The new Chris-Craft exhibit will open to the public at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, August 18.

The permanent display is located in the new 5,000 square-foot hall, which was recently built adjoining the main museum. The extensive display is a collaborative effort between exhibit sponsor: the Alexandria Clinic, the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum and the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club, which provided much of the historic research, documentation and archive images.

The new exhibit features an impressive chronological display of the Chris-Craft company history. Beautifully designed display panels form a backdrop to the collection of restored vintage runabouts.

Collectively, the display graphics and the boats tell the Chris-Craft story from the founding of the company in the early 1900s, through the early 1970s when the last wooden Chris-Craft traveled through the assembly line.

"This exhibit is a perfect educational opportunity for us to reach a broad regional audience and to teach about Chris-Craft, the company's intertwined history with Gar Wood, and vintage boating in general," said Bill Basler, Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club director of marketing and membership. Through the financial generosity of Alexandria Clinic and the tremendous facilities and collections of the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum, we have a great collaborative foundation to teach about this important piece of Americana."

Tim Hunt, administrator for Alexandria Clinic, also commented about the exhibit, "We feel this is a wonderful opportunity to provide a unique educational experience for families when they visit the museum. We are very pleased to sponsor an exhibit of this caliber that will garner national attention for our community."

A grand reception for museum members will take place on Monday, August 17 with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 6:15 p.m.

About Chris-Craft

The Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club has more than 3,800 members throughout the world. It is dedicated to research, documentation and preservation of all classic Chris-Craft boats. The organization can be found online at

About Alexandria Clinic

Alexandria Clinic occupies a 75,000 square-foot building that accommodates 30 physicians and five mid-level providers. It has a satellite office, the Osakis Medical Clinic.

About MMLM

The Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of antique and classic watercraft, resort memorabilia and sporting equipment used on the Minnesota lakes. More information can be found on its website at