Superior History

Sky pieces: If you lose them, you lose a lot

In genealogy, we strive to remember. We take pieces of an infinite puzzle and struggle to fit them together into a picture that reveals something of our heritage. We write down names and dates and connect people with one another. If we’re really good, we may connect faces in photographs, as ...

Powell Township art camp set

MARQUETTE — Liberty Children’s Art Project will teach a four-day drop-in art camp in August for children going into first to ninth grades this summer at the Powell Township School Art Garage. The camp will be from 1-2:30 p.m. Aug. 7-10. In “Express Yourself! Painting, Printmaking ...

Powell Township art camp set

MARQUETTE — Liberty Children’s Art Project will teach a four-day drop-in art camp in August for children going into first to ninth grades this summer at the Powell Township School Art Garage. The camp will be from 1-2:30 p.m. Aug. 7-10. In “Express Yourself! Painting, Printmaking ...

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Our busy world is taken up by so many needs which demand our immediate attention. We often don’t give a thought to the chain of events which brought us to this moment in time. I sometimes like to think just on a local level, of all the personal sacrifices, municipal decisions, new inventions, ...

Chatham farm open house set

CHATHAM — Michigan State University has a long history of agricultural research in the Upper Peninsula, spearheaded by the staff at the Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center. The public is invited to join local and statewide university experts for an informative day in the field ...

Forgotten neighborhood on Blaker Street

MARQUETTE — Blaker is a short, one-wayThe Matthews house on the corner of Blaker and Bluff streets in the city of Marquette is pictured. (Photo courtesy of the Marquette Regional History Center) street, hidden behind the Landmark Inn. It begins at East Bluff and ends at East Ridge. As a ...

Sci-Fi on tap at Ore Dock

MARQUETTE — At 7 p.m. Wednesday, the Peter White Public Library in Marquette will host the second meeting of its new book club Sci-Fi on Tap at the Ore Dock Brewing Co. The second utopian novel, “Childhood’s End” by Arthur C. Clarke, published in 1953, explores whether a utopian ...

Marquette’s Old City Hall has rich history

Early Marquette municipal governments led a nomadic existence. The first town hall, on Spring Street, was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1868 shortly after it was purchased. For a while, the offices were relocated to rooms in Coles' Hall on South Front Street. Later they moved to a little brick ...

Once Upon a Crime to meet

MARQUETTE — Once Upon A Crime, the book group for Mystery Lovers, will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 12 in the Dandelion Cottage Room at the Peter White Public Library to discuss “The Thin Man” by Dashiell Hammett. In this famous crime novel, readers meet two of the detective-story ...

Explorer’s Fourth of July in the Keweenaw, 1840

HOUGHTON — The Fourth of July is a day Americans look forward to. It is a celebration that brings fireworks, good food, and good cheer. Whether at home or traveling abroad Americans are aware of the day and plan some type of celebration. This was the case for state geologist Douglass ...

Grief group to meet in July

MARQUETTE — A grief group will run for eight weeks on Monday evenings from July 10 through Aug. 28 at Messiah Lutheran Church in Marquette. The program begins at 7 p.m. and ends around 8:30 p.m. Whether your grief is fresh or continues after years of struggle, whether you grieve the loss ...

Longyear quilts dazzle, delight

MARQUETTE — Our article ... involves the fascinating story of two very different quilts donated in 1981 to Marquette Regional History Center. These two quilts were given to the museum by Judy Paul Case, the granddaughter of John and Mary Longyear. They were found it a chest in a Longyear ...

Church to host national author

NEGAUNEE — The Eastwood Apostolic Lutheran Church invites the public to hear comedian, author and national youth speaker Bob Lenz at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the church on Sunset Drive in Negaunee. The Wisconsin native’s humor and authentic tone engages over half a million teens and families ...

Shiras Pool an area favorite

Generations of Marquette residents spent their summers at the Shiras Pool on Presque Isle. It was named after George Shiras III who had provided the inspiration and some of the money for the pool's construction. Opened on July 4, 1921, it had a sand beach, dressing rooms, high dives and a ...

Rummage sale for UPAWS set

MARQUETTE — It’s summer time and that means that it’s time for the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter’s rummage sale. UPAWS collects donated items during June and July from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. UPAWS is not accepting clothing or shoes. ...

Lake Superior Powder Co.

MARQUETTE — Mines in the Upper Peninsula could not operate without explosives. In 1869, men with a connection to mining in Marquette County began the Lake Superior Powder Co. The site chosen for the plant was located on the Dead River, where Tourist Park is located, and it encompassed 200 ...

In brief

Former Woolworth workers to meet MARQUETTE — All former Woolworth employees are invited to meet for lunch at noon Wednesday at Applebee’s in Marquette Township. Run for Life Saturday MARQUETTE — On Saturday, there will be the Run for Life 5K and 10K foot races beginning at 9 a.m. in ...

Lake Superior Leather Co.

MARQUETTE — Over the years, Marquette County has been home to several well-known industries including mines, blast furnaces, brownstone quarries, lumber mills, powder mills, railroads and fishing. But the area has also been home to many smaller industries that often did not survive very ...

Ambulance drivers of World War I

It was called the “Great War” but the greatest thing about it was the size — the sheer number of people affected: those who fled the fighting, who served, sustained injuries and died over the course of the conflict. The First World War saw the mobilization of more than 70 million military ...

In brief

Negaunee City Band to perform NEGAUNEE — The Negaunee City Band, under the direction of Sara Perfetti, plays its first concert of the 2017 season at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 14 at the Outdoor Performing Arts Center at the east end of Iron Street. The band will play weekly through Aug. ...