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Fort St. Joseph project lands preservation award

June 26, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm recently applauded the work of Western Michigan University researchers in their efforts to document Fort St. Joseph, a 300-year-old site near Niles, Mich., that served as a mission, military post and trading center.

The project, led by WMU anthropologist Dr. Michael Nassaney and Dr. William M. Cremin, earned the Governor's Award for Historic Preservation. This award is in its first year and recognizes those working to preserve Michigan's past.

The project, which is the focus of the newly released "In Search of Fort St. Joseph" documentary by WMU Media Production, also involves the City of Niles and Support the Fort Inc. and has been ongoing for about five years.

Media contact: Gail Towns, 269 387-8400, gail.towns@wmich.edu

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