The Marquette Regional History Center earned a well-deserved pat on the back for getting a top award from the Historical Society of Michigan.
The center received the Superior Award, which was established in 2006 to recognize the achievements of historical societies, museums, and other historical organizations in the preservation and advancement of Upper Peninsula history. A story in Sunday's Mining Journal provided full details.
The awards were announced during the recent 64th Annual Historical Society of Michigan's Upper Peninsula Conference in Houghton, which was attended by more than 220 history enthusiasts.
The Marquette County Historical Society was founded in 1918 and thanks to a bequest from the estate of Mary B. Longyear, purchased a museum building that opened to the public in 1949. The society used this building until spring 2011, when the organization moved to its new facility and renamed it the Marquette Regional History Center.
The museum offers a variety of ongoing and special exhibits as well as many programs and tours that interpret the region's history. The center also includes the J.M. Longyear Research Library which houses more than 16,000 titles and includes rare books and primary source materials by early surveyors, pioneer settlers, business leaders, and community developers. Specializing in the history of the Lake Superior region, the library also claims more than 10,000 photographic images and a map collection featuring more than 1,000 items.
The Marquette Regional History Center - like the Peter White Public Library, the Upper Peninsula Children's Museum and a few other places we could mention - is a community treasure that in many ways sets the greater Marquette area apart from the rest of the U.P. That they garnered a top award comes as no surprise to us.
We join the rest of the community in offering our congratulations.