About the Organization

The Society for the Preservation of the S.S. City of Milwaukee was organized in 1985 to establish the carferry City of Milwaukee as a museum ship. Since that time, the Society has continued ongoing restoration and preservation of this historically significant carferry. Unable to obtain a suitable permanent site in Frankfort, the Society had the ship towed to Manistee in 2000, eventually moving to our current site along US 31. In 2009, the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Acacia was acquired and docked alongside the City of Milwaukee and since that time we’ve become known as S.S. City of Milwaukee and USCGC Acacia. In addition to the preservation efforts, our mission is to present and interpret the fascinating history of these significant ships to our visitors. Our activities include informative tours and exhibits, special events, sale of publications and mementos of historical nature, and assistance to researchers. Our funding is derived from individual memberships, gifts, grants, site rentals, tours, gift shop sales, and, more recently, the unique experience of overnight stays onboard the two ships. S.S. City of Milwaukee and USCGC Acacia is governed by a board of directors and is a private, nonprofit, tax-exempt, educational 501(c)3 organization.

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Membership with S.S. City of Milwaukee and USCGC Acacia

We appreciate your interest in supporting the S.S. City of Milwaukee and the USCGC Acacia through membership. Support from our members is essential to our success in becoming one of the leading museum ship sites on the upper Great Lakes. Our members are instrumental in the ongoing work of preserving these historically significant ships, providing informative tours and exhibits, offering programs and events, and promoting related research. As a member, you will be helping us keep this history alive for future generations.

For payment via mail, please download, print, and send us this form, along with payment.

Membership Program

  • Individual

    30$
    Every year
     
    • Boxcars and Buoys Newsletter
    • 10% Discount in Gift Shop
    • One Free Tour per year
  • Contributing

    50$
    Every year
     
    • Boxcars and Buoys Newsletter
    • 10% Discount in Gift Shop + Immediate Family
    • One Free Tour per year + Immediate Family
  • Sustaining

    100$
    Every year
     
    • Boxcars and Buoys Newsletter
    • 10% Discount in Gift Shop + Immediate Family
    • One Free Tour per year + Immediate Family
    • One-time Access for up to Two Guests
  • Caretaker

    250$
    Every year
     
    • Boxcars and Buoys Newsletter
    • 10% Discount in Gift Shop + Immediate Family
    • One Free Tour per year + Immediate Family
    • One-time Access for up to Four Guests
  • Benefactor

    500$
    Every year
     
    • Boxcars and Buoys Newsletter
    • 10% Discount in Gift Shop + Immediate Family
    • One Free Tour per year + Immediate Family
    • One-time Access for up to Four Guests
    • One Night’s Stay on Board for up to Two
  • Patron

    1000$
    Every year
     
    • Boxcars and Buoys Newsletter
    • 10% Discount in Gift Shop + Immediate Family
    • One Free Tour per year + Immediate Family
    • One Night’s Stay on Board for up to Four
    • One-time Access for up to Six Guests
  • Lifetime

    4000$
     
     
    • Boxcars and Buoys Newsletter
    • 10% Discount in Gift Shop + Immediate Family
    • One Free Tour per year + Immediate Family
    • One-time Access for up to Six Guests
    • Two Nights’ Stay on Board for up to Four
    • Permanent Recognition Plaque on the Ship
    • Special Membership Gift
For general donations, please use the button below. Thank you.