Marquette Regional History Center a community asset

It’s easy to overlook something good when it’s part of a familiar environment, even if that something is a force for good. That’s how we think many area residents look at the Marquette Regional History Center, which conveniently sits just off Marquette’s downtown.

But the center is so much more than simply a centralized location for old newspapers and photographs. It’s a living, breathing repository of who and what we are in this neck of the woods.

Of course, there are newspapers and photos aplenty at the center. But there are also historically accurate displays for visitors to enjoy. There are documents, lots of documents, many of which are on deposit in the Longyear Research Library, which is a part of the center. And there are artifacts which have been recovered at archaeological sites across the region.

The center has been at all of this for quite awhile; it’s marking its 100th anniversary this year, a century of keeping track of who we are, where we’ve been and where we’re going. It held its annual meeting Wednesday night, giving out several awards.

And don’t forget the outstanding content the center and its personnel provide The Mining Journal and its readers, on a weekly basis, for Wednesday’s Superior History page.

We can’t think of a better way to spend an hour or two than to tour its exhibits and talk to the staff there. You’ll find them helpful and knowledgable.

All in all, it’s an outstanding facility and one we’d like to recommend that residents and visitors alike take advantage of.