National Trust Lends Support to Plum and Pilot Islands

The Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands, Inc. has been awarded an $8,500 grant by the National Trust for Historic Preservation from the Jeffris Family Endowed Preservation Fund. The seed money is a matching grant to help support the performance of a conditions assessment and stabilization study of existing structures on Plum and Pilot Islands in the Death’s Door passage off the tip of the Door Peninsula in Lake Michigan.

A preservation architect with U.P. Engineers and Architects of Marquette, MI visited the islands August 7 – 8.

The Jeffris Family Foundation was established in 1998 and its contribution demonstrates the family’s belief in Wisconsin’s special architectural history and character. A principal goal of the foundation fund is to increase the capacity of preservation groups to revitalize their communities through rehabilitation, restoration and adaptive use of important local historic resources.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a 59-year-old nonprofit membership organization chartered by Congress to encourage public participation in all aspects of historic preservation.

Plum and Pilot Islands are now part of the Green Bay National Wildlife Refuge and are under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. To learn more about the Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands, visit

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