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House to become Katrina museum

NEW ORLEANS — In a dynamic before-and-after project, a nonprofit organization has partially restored a home ravaged by a catastrophic rush of floodwater when a New Orleans levee failed 13 years ago during Hurricane Katrina, re-creating two rooms to look like a typical home might have appeared ...

UP Centenarians’ Club: Joseph John Croisitiere

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. Joseph John Croisitere’s claim to fame was living in three different centuries. He was ...

Michigan Slim: A backwoods hermit

In the mid-20th century, if you went to Big Bay and asked for Max Hackel, folks would shake their heads and say they’d never heard of him, unless, of course, you just happened to talk to the postmaster. But if you asked for “Slim” or “Michigan Slim,” well, that was different. ...

Bicycles in Marquette: Yesterday, today, tomorrow

MARQUETTE — Marquette County and the bicycle have a longstanding history. Reviewing research material for this article, the bicycle has been a popular topic of many articles in noted publications during the past century. Reading through them, each author had a somewhat different twist on the ...

For the love of lighthouses

Lighthouses, once just practical structures to facilitate safe maritime transportation, have deep appeal to some people today. Where others may consider them isolated work outposts, the people that love lighthouses see them as places of sanctuary and escape from the ordinary world. To be ...

In Brief

Bible school coming up ISHPEMING — Christ the King Lutheran Church, 440 Stoneville Road, Ishpeming, invites all children ages 3 through the fifth grade to join Shipwrecked Vacation Bible School which will be from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. July 23-26. During the week, the children will learn how ...

Upper Peninsula has photographic heritage

The rest of the world might not appreciate the role that the Upper Peninsula innovators have played in the history of photography. Our region has been an important frontier of photography as an art for over a century. The reasons why are obvious to anyone who lives here. Access to wilderness ...

Take trip back in time

MARQUETTE — If you’re a history buff, you probably daydream about having access to a time machine. Many of us wish we could go back to the past to see what life was actually like in living detail. But have you ever considered an airconditioned time machine? Now that’s dreaming big. The ...

FIRE ON THE FOURTH

Wednesday, we celebrated the Fourth of July with a parade, fireworks and the Marquette County Exchange Club’s annual Food Fest. Marquette’s celebrations in 1891 were extensive and began at sunrise with a 44-gun salute. People had been streaming into Marquette for several days in preparation ...

Visiting North Country Light

MUNISING — Grand Island, half a mile from Munising, covers more than 13,000 acres and boasts 35 miles of Lake Superior shoreline. The island was home to Ojibwa settlements and fur trading outposts in its early history. In the 1840s, an Illinois farmer named Abraham Williams homesteaded on ...

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 ...