Superior History

Beads, rings and datable things

MARQUETTE — How do archaeologists know how old something is when they find it? It’s a great question! I know from past field experience that whenever I have uncovered a human artifact from the distant past, the number one question in my own mind is always, “How old is this?” Of ...

When Highway 41 was a Milky Way

MARQUETTE — It was an icy day after a sleet storm and Howard Bolduc, a milkman for Bancroft Dairy, was driving a new truck. He swerved to avoid an oncoming car that had skidded sideways and rolled the truck ten times. As he told the story to The Mining Journal in 1986, “The State ...

Music set at Peter White

MARQUETTE — The Peter White Public Library and the Marquette Area Blues Society invites music lovers to a concert by Northern Wylds at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Peter White Library’s Community Room, part of the monthly Bluesday Tuesday series. Natalie Ray and Nick Johnson light fireworks with ...

Life-saving station did important work

MARQUETTE — The first life-saving presence on the Great Lakes began with the Revenue Cutter Service in 1818, but it wasn’t referred to as the Coast Guard until 1846. The Great Lakes didn’t receive funding for life-saving efforts until 1854, and was run by volunteers until 1871. At that ...

‘Snowflake’ to be presented at Forest Roberts

MARQUETTE — Gale LaJoye’s “Snowflake” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26 and Jan 27 at Forest Roberts Theatre on the campus of Northern Michigan University. This heartwarming and hilarious one-man show staring Gale LaJoye returns to Marquette. According to a press release, 10 ...

Random find is archaeological dilemma

MARQUETTE — The wind storm in late October last year blew in a lot of things from Lake Superior including my first archeological find. It was a rather non-descript brick with the exception of the words “Anglo Saxon” formed into one side. I was going to take it home until I remembered the ...

Roundtable on multiculturalism

MARQUETTE — At 6:30 p.m. Monday, the Peter White Public Library in Marquette will host a round table discussion with Linda Cobe, Timothy Derwin, Mohey Mowafy, and Kadijah Wilson on Multiculturalism in the Upper Peninsula in the library’s Community Room. A graduate of Northern Michigan ...

Signatures from past

Redwork, an almost forgotten part of our quilting and needlework history, has enjoyed a revival in recent years. Popular in the late 1870s to 1920, Redwork took its name from an embroidery thread known as Turkey Red. In the mid-1800s the process of producing Turkey Red became simplified and ...

‘Girl Rising’ to be screened

MARQUETTE — DocuMonday presents a screening of the 2013 documentary “Girl Rising” at 7 p.m. Monday in the Peter White Public Library Community Room as part of its Building Love: Imagine series of events. This 2013 documentary follows the lives of nine girls from the countries of Haiti, ...

Calling in the New Year

Do you have a traditional way to spend your New Year’s Day? Do you grab the chips and wings before settling in to watch the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl on TV? Or perhaps you enjoy the winter weather and going skiing or snowshoeing? Or maybe you even spend the day recovering from the previous ...

MRHC awarded $15,000 grant

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Regional History Center has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and National Endowment for the Arts. The grant will assist the MRHC to continue the mission to preserve our area's history through compelling exhibits, ...

Christmas down under (ground)

NEGAUNEE — It all started with a small Christmas tree that had fallen off a passing sleigh. It was December 1920 and one of the trammers at the Rolling Mill Mine in Negaunee found it alongside the road. Rather than taking it home for himself, he decided to send it down into the mine with a ...

In brief

Book discussion planned at PWPL MARQUETTE — The Peter White Library Book Group will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 2 in the Dandelion Cottage Room at the library to discuss “Northern Borders” by Howard Frank Mosher. Haunting, pastoral images and odd, unforgettable characters pervade his ...

Marquette memories and yours

Researchers at the Marquette Regional History Center and the John M. Longyear Research Library of course love articles and newspaper accounts of events, but biographical sketches and personal reminiscences, even short ones just a paragraph or two long, are useful as well. The History ...

In brief

MARQUETTE — From 2-5 p.m. Saturday, the Peter White Public Library will host a traditional music jam in the library’s community room. Bring a guitar, banjo, fiddle, bass, ukulele, harmonica, or just your voice, and join other acoustic musicians and vocalists for a community jam session. ...

Fire at the DSS&A railyard

At approximately 10:15 pm on Sept. 13, 1910, the Duluth, South Shore and Atlantic Railroad night watchman, Edward Carr was making his rounds of the railyard when he noticed a light in the car shop. The building, where carpenters rebuilt railroad cars, was located on Spring Street near Sixth ...

In brief

Knitting guild holding sale MARQUETTE — The UP North Knitting Guild is holding its first Stash Buster Sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Peter White Public Library in the lower level. Guild members are selling their stash of yarn, needles and books. This will be wool, acrylics ...

Let’s celebrate America’s favorite dessert: Jell-O

A 1904 edition of Ladies Home Journal proclaimed in an ad that Jell-O was America’s favorite dessert What is it about Jell-O that we love so much? Is it the jiggle, the 101 dishes you can make with it, or is it the molds or the Jell-O shots we’ve come to love? Let’s take a look at its ...

In brief

Program will focus on Finnish independence MARQUETTE — The Marquette Regional History Center presents: 100 Years of Finnish Independence from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 6. Finland gained independence from Russia on Dec. 6, 1917. Independence Day is officially celebrated on this day in Finland. The ...

Marquette Fire Department history, part 2

As Marquette transformed from a village to a city, the Marquette Fire Department grew to be an important part of the community. Though still volunteers, the fire-fighters of the time were a close-knit group who cared deeply about their job. To stay in the competitive spirit, the firefighters of ...