School Group Visits
Photo: School group activity - trade bead bracelet.
The History Center offers guided tours through the museum, including hands-on projects, live performances and activities for all ages. Call to schedule your visit today.
We can host school groups both big and small. 60 is a nice maximum group size.
Many dates and times are available for your field trip. Call or email to schedule as far in advance as possible; please try to schedule at least one week in advance.
Programs designed for all age groups are available, Preschool through College age!
School group prices:
$2.00 per K-12 student
$3.00 per College student
$5.00 per each adult chaperone
From preschool to college level, we have a field trip for everyone. Design your field trip with Museum Educator, Betsy Rutz or choose from those we have ready to go. Such as:
Pre-K and Kindergarten: Animal hunt in gallery, puppet fables, train conductor tour through main gallery and special exhibit. (45-60 min)
1st Grade: Communities. Meet historical characters, everyday heroes of our local community who will share their stories in the main gallery. Focus on past, present, future (1.5-2 hr)
2nd Grade: Communities, or early Marquette history focus. (1.5-2 hr)
3rd Grade: Fur Trade Unit and quill or bead craft (1.5-2.5 hr depending on number of students)
4th Grade: Lumbering Unit in main gallery and gathering hall activity. (1 hr +)
5th-12th Grades: Early Footprints, Innovations, Early U.P., local geology, weather and climate, primary documents and research. (1-2 hours)
We often create a field trip around a class specific focus such as a language class; just let us know what you are studying.
Email Betsy Rutz, Museum Educator, for more information on scheduling your tour! firstname.lastname@example.org or call 906.226.3571
Group tours are available for any type of group or club; please call or send us an email if you would like to schedule one!
No group is too small. 906-226-3571 or email
Fill out a teacher/group leader evaluation here. Email to email@example.com
Family Programming 2018
The History Center offers unique and fun family programming all year.
Museum After Dark 2018
A Howling Good Time
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Our Museum After Dark kids’ adventure is in deep winter this year. On Sled Dog Weekend we will go to the dogs and their ancestors, with our after-dark adventure! Enjoy special guests, activities, games, scavenger hunt, dog themed photo booth, snacks and surprises. Designed for age six and up.
7:15 p.m. The Magic of Dogsledding brief presentation with Jackie and Jim Winkowski of Snowy Plains Kennel. Meet a husky sled dog! Learn about equipment and enjoy the scavenger hunt through the gallery based on Jackie's books, "Miki's Challenge," "Miki's Race," and "Promise of the White Dog.” Signed books will be available. Dog lovers young and young at heart will enjoy this evening museum adventure. As of the morning of the event, tickets are no longer online, but they are available at the door! Also available in person on the day of the event during museum hours: 10-3:00. Call 906-226-3571 to reserve yours during these hours. $9 for 18 and under, $5 for adult accompanying youth. $7 for individual adult.
Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
150th Anniversary of The Great Fire of Marquette - Walking Tour
June 11, 6:30 pm
Meet at the Bell Tower at the end of Washington Street. An active and educational tour for all ages.
July & August Historical Marquette Bus Tours
1:00 pm tours - July 12, 24 & 31
6:00 pm tours - July 18 & 25
1:00 pm tours - August 7
6:00 pm tours - August 1 & 8 & 15
Hands On! Art and History Day Camp
This is our 5th annual day camp collaboration with Liberty Children's Art Project! A week long immersion into local history and multi-media art making. This year we will explore the History Center's Special exhibit 100 Artifacts through a lively history experience and guest art teachers using contemporary methods and materials in artmaking. We will consider questions like these: What will be considered artifacts of the future- what will they look like? What is a portrait and can portraits be told through artifacts?
AM and PM session this year!
Ages 8 - 12. Pre-registration required.
Register: at History Center or by calling 906.226.3571
$50 for the week, or $45 for Museum Members.
$10 Discount for additional siblings.
Monday through Friday, August 20-24, 2018
10:00-12:00 OR 1:00-3:00 each day, at the History Center.
5th H 4-H History Club
The four Hs are: Head, heart, hands, health. We are the 5th-H club as we add "history!"
Join us for this youth club. We are meeting weekly throughout the summer and encourage children ages 8-14 to join us. Club will continue into the school year. Currently we have members ages 8-14 and they are working on a group project and individual projects to enter in the Marquette County Fair. Parents have been dropping children off or staying to join the fun.
We are having fun creating a model of a favorite local location in our county!
Email Betsy with any questions or give us a call.
The History Center has joined with Marquette County 4-H to create a History Club. Youth ages 9-12 and parents are invited to join. This club will meet monthly. We will learn about local history through projects such as: building a diorama, role playing, local authors, traditional crafts, and the stories youth choose to explore. A great opportunity to meet new friends and create group or individual projects. Youth can also create exhibits for the Marquette County Fair, and win prizes.
International Archaeology Day
October 20, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Archaeology is the study of people and artifacts from distant times. This family friendly event will help you learn how archaeologists take clues from the past to construct history. Hands on activities, talks, demonstrations and interesting artifacts on display. Included with admission.
To see all of the museum programming and details, check out the Events Page!
Looking for an interesting 20-30 minute program for your community organization or service club, veterans group, senior center, or nursing home? Outreach programs are offered free of charge in Marquette County. Call if you're interested in scheduling a tour! 906-226-3571
Through the Curator’s Eyes
Join the curator to explore highlights from the History Center’s diverse collection. All artifacts have stories and mysteries, whether they are a beautiful gown, unique sculpture, ordinary household tools, business signs or a hockey uniform. Each program will feature different artifacts.
Leaves on My Family Tree
What do a voyageur, blacksmith and train conductor have in common? Find out as Robert Mercure’s family history comes to life. Mercure’s ability to portray the lives of three men is entertaining and engaging. Learn how he uncovered his family tree and created this fascinating story.
Meet William Austin Burt, Amos Harlow and Charles Harvey, early settlers who changed the landscape of Marquette County. Their stories are told through diaries, letters, photographs, maps and field notes.
When Beaver Was King
Prior to the discovery of iron ore, the most valuable natural resource was the beaver. This unique era in local history is shown through the perspective of either a Courier de Bois or a Metis woman living in the north woods. Learn how the Ojibwe and French traders adapted to their environment and influenced each other’s culture and way of life. View museum-quality historic reproductions made by local artisans.
Share the stories of lighthouse keeper William Wheatley, hear about Samuel Wetton’s rescue at sea and view the resulting Carnegie and Coast Guard medals, learn about the Anderson Fish Company through oral histories and fishing logbooks.
Amazing Women in Marquette History
Diaries, scrapbooks and photographs illustrate the lives of Olive Harlow, Abby Longyear Roberts and Elba Morse. Each has an interesting story to tell.
Archival Treasures from the
J.M. Longyear Research Library
View actual historical documents such as: the first post office record book, early weather observation books, railroad accident logs, Lincoln inauguration invitation, photo scrapbooks, Peter White correspondence, Martin Luther King signed program.
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