Commodore Perry Credit Union helps Oak Harbor preserve Log Cabin

Dec 19, 2023 | Business | 0 comments

Boys and girls crowded Adolphus Kraemer Park in Oak Harbor for their turns to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus recently and kick off the holiday season. (Photos by D’Arcy Patrick Egan)

The Commodore Perry Federal Credit Union (CPFCU) has committed $25,000 toward the Historic Log Cabin Revitalization Project developed by the Village of Oak Harbor. The project is aimed at structurally preserving the building and enhance the cultural experiences it and Adolphus Kraemer Park offers to area residents.

As a result of CPFCU’s generous commitment, the cabin that had originally been constructed in the mid-1800s and moved to Kraemer Park in the 2000s will undergo necessary repairs to protect the structure and enhance it as a key community gathering place for years to come.

“We are grateful to Commodore Perry Federal Credit Union for its partnership and commitment to preserving such an important piece of our community. The log cabin is rich in history and serves as an anchor location for many community events and activities,” said Oak Harbor Mayor Quinton Babcock.

Widely utilized in the community, the cabin serves as a location for local elementary school field trips providing students with a visual representation when learning about village history. Additionally, it is open for tours during Apple Festival weekend every October. The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce uses the cabin for the village’s ‘Old Fashioned Christmas’ celebration where Santa and Mrs. Claus visit with area children.

The log cabin is also the site of the summer concert series, farmers’ markets and many other events and activities.

The iconic Log Cabin at Adolphus Kraemer Park in downtown Oak Harbor is a busy place throughout the year, including the gathering place to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus recently by the Apple Festival Queen and her court. (Photos by D’Arcy Patrick Egan)

“The log cabin not only represents a piece of Oak Harbor’s history but also its future. It’s an iconic structure that’s become known to both residents and visitors alike,” said Jane Whitaker, Log Cabin Committee President.

“Everyone knows where the cabin is located and it’s often a general meeting point for many. I want to thank the CPFCU for its commitment. We look forward to being able to offer more opportunities for all to enjoy.”

In recognition of CPFCU’s donation, the annual Summer Concert Series at Kraemer Park will officially be renamed as the ”Commodore Perry Federal Credit Union Summer Concert Series” in 2024 by the Log Cabin Committee.

Locally owned and operated, CPFCU has been serving Ottawa County for nearly 50 years and has been in Oak Harbor for almost 25 years. Supporting the community is central to CPFCU’s mission.

“The log cabin represents the heritage of Oak Harbor. Thousands pass through its doors every year and we are grateful to be able to work with the Village in doing what we can to preserve it for future generations,” said Mike Barr, President & CEO, Commodore Perry Federal Credit Union. “As an anchor financial institution in Ottawa County and in Oak Harbor, we are honored to partner with the village on this important project.”

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