Artisans at the Forge promises to be fun, educational

If you’re looking for an activity this coming weekend that combines recreation and education, the Michigan Iron Industry Museum might have just what you’re looking for.

Artisans at the Forge will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. In essence, the event will celebrate the many trades and skills white settlers to the Marquette Iron Range needed starting in the mid-19th century.

“This event captures the sights, sounds and smells of 19th and early 20th century enterprise in the area,” museum historian Troy Henderson said in a news release. “Visitors can watch active blacksmiths, bladesmiths, woodworkers and other traditional trades on the museum grounds, interact with the artisans, and shop for goods crafted by the artisans.”

The artisans will all be local or regional and will be able to interact with visitors. The event is free of charge.

The Michigan Iron Industry Museum is located on the historic site of the Carp River Forge, the first iron manufactory in the Lake Superior region.

It operated from 1848-1855. You can find it at 73 Forge Road in Negaunee, 8 miles west of Marquette; enter off of U.S. 41.

Looking for more information? Call 906-475-7857 or visit www.michigan.gov/ironindustrymuseum.