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UP Centenarians’ Club: Oscar Salo

As part of the Marquette Regional History Center’s 100th birthday celebrations, we’re recognizing people who have also joined the “U.P. Centenarians’ Club” by reaching that milestone birthday. For more than 40 years, Marquette area residents enjoyed the baked goods made by Oscar ...

Celebrate local musical history

By Marquette Regional History Center Special to the Journal MARQUETTE — It’s hard to explain how rich Marquette County is in arts and culture to people who’ve never been here. We are, after all, a scattering of small cities on the edge of the wilderness, far away from larger ...

25 years is never too late

MARQUETTE — The Hotel Marquette was located on Front Street between Rock and Fisher, where Auto Armor is now located. It was originally opened as the Mesnard House in 1883. After an addition was built in 1888, the hotel had 100 rooms and in 1891 the name changed to the Hotel Marquette. The ...

Into the Wilderness with J.M. Longyear

Because of the depth of his family’s involvement in the Marquette Regional History Center, John Munro Longyear is one of the best-documented figures in Marquette County history. We hold many of his artifacts and letters, and photos both of and by the man friends knew as Munro. One theme that ...

Letters home: Alfred Evon’s Great War letters

By Rosemary Michelin Marquette Regional History Center Special to the Journal As the Marquette Regional History Center celebrates our 100th anniversary, we remember other events that occurred 100 years ago including the end of the Great War. Like many young men, Alfred Evon registered ...

History quiz

Q: What Detroit Tiger rookie pitcher came to Marquette in 1976 and autographed baseballs? Hint: He had a unique pitching style. A: Mark “The Bird” Fidrych

Rock and Run set for Saturday

ST. IGNACE — The 2018 St. Ignace Rock and Run will take place Saturday in downtown St. Ignace. This event includes a half-marathon and a 5-K run/walk. In addition to the picturesque landscape along the waterfront, the longer route includes a portion of the North Country Trail and also a ...

UP Centenarians’ Club: Louisa Kamppinen

By Marquette Regional History Center Special to the Journal MARQUETTE — As part of the Marquette Regional History Center’s 100th birthday celebrations, we’re recognizing people who have also joined the “U.P. Centenarians’ Club” by reaching that milestone birthday. One of ...

WHY NITROGLYCERIN?

Innovation is no stranger to the Upper Peninsula. The natural resources of the area make it a ripe proving ground for new ideas. The discovery of copper created an opportunity for local miners to experiment with assets like nitroglycerin (nitro). But as is well known, nitro is very unstable. In ...

FROZEN IN PLACE: Ice blockades of Marquette’s harbors

Winter seems to be keeping an unusually long hold on the Upper Peninsula this year. In late March, both the Kaye E. Barker and the James L. Oberstar were stuck in the ice off Marquette. Now strong winds and high waves from last week’s storm have compressed the remaining ice cover between ...

Biological research at the Huron Mountain Club

The Huron Mountain Club occupies a special place in the local imagination. It is a prominent symbol of exclusivity. In the late 1880s and early 1890s, Marquette-based land speculators Horatio Seymour Jr. and J.M. Longyear created a hunting and fishing club for some of the most prosperous people ...

History quiz

Q: How much did a life membership to the Marquette County Historical Society cost in 1973? a. $10 b. $50 c. $100 d. $1,000 Answer: C

New museum director, exhibit bring Abraham Lincoln to life

LINCOLN, Ill. — With a new director and a new exhibit that’s part of Illinois' bicentennial celebration, the Lincoln Heritage Museum at Lincoln College is emphasizing the importance of citizenship and responsibility. The new exhibit, “Let Us Do Our Duty: Abraham Lincoln and ...

Knitting guild sessions set

MARQUETTE — The Up North Knitting Guild is next four meetings at a different location due to the remodeling of the Peter White Public Library lower level. This month’s meeting plus the next three will be at Big Boy along U.S. 41 in their new back room from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. ...

NAMI to meet

MARQUETTE — The National Alliance on Mental Illness-Alger/Marquette offers confidential support groups and educational meetings for individuals living with mental illness, and friends or families living with an individual with mental illness. A support group will gather at 7 p.m. Thursday ...

Museum field trips a learning tool

MARQUETTE — When you remember back to your school days, what memories rise to the top? Hopefully a positively influential teacher or two. Maybe a lesson on something close to your heart. And likely an outing you took with your class. As we head into the high field trip season here at the ...

In pursuit of Marquette trivia

MARQUETTE — Where was Worchester, Michigan? What famous Italian sculptor made the bust of Peter White and the oddly similar statues of Father Marquette? What does Granot Loma stand for? If you know they answers to any of these questions, you must love Marquette County trivia. Trivia is ...

Spring Surprises: Easter Blizzards

Despite the fact that the weather can’t seem to make up its mind about winter ending, spring arrived on the vernal equinox, March 20, and Easter is this Sunday, April 1. As a bit of trivia, Easter falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon that falls on or after the vernal equinox, ...

Genealogy workshop to be held April 12

MARQUETTE — Call now to register for the Intermediate Genealogy workshop, “What Do I Do Next?” to continue the tracing a family tree using additional sources of genealogical information. This workshop will be at 6:30 p.m. April 12 in the Shiras Room at Peter White Public Library, led by ...

Memories from K.I. Sawyer AFB

Napoleon Bonaparte is credited with saying “an army marches on its stomach.” I believe this to be true. While in the Air Force I was never in want of a meal. It seldom rated a mention in the Michelin Guide but there was always plenty of it! When I arrived at Sawyer, my first permanent ...