There are Many Ways to Support Local History!
Members enjoy benefits such as a subscription to the quarterly history journal, “Harlow’s Wooden Man,” reduced ticket prices on select special events, and a 10% discount at the museum store. Plus you will be supporting the preservation of local history!
Supporting, patron and lifetime memberships also receive free admission to the museum. Click here and join today!
In addition, we have many interesting programs and events planned for the coming year. By being a member you will have advanced notice!
Volunteers are our ambassadors in the community and essential to the accomplishment of the Museum’s mission. They work in areas from researching genealogy, cataloging artifacts and library materials, to assisting with membership and mailings.
They also work in the Museum Store creating displays and greeting patrons. Some become docents, assisting the Museum Educator with visiting classes, and others give lectures, coordinate fund raisers or help with the capital campaign, "History on the Move."
Sign up here to become a volunteer and we'll put your skills to work!
Over the last two years, with help from a core group of donors, we exceeded our goal of raising $2,500 to acquire better presentation equipment. We purchased two 75-inch screens and can now hold visually engaging presentations year round at the History Center!
Giving Tuesday (all year!): Back Up History
Ongoing fund: digital technology infrastructure.
In 2018, the Marquette Regional History Center turned 100. In 2018 the National Museum of Brazil burned down and priceless information was lost. In 2018 the Houghton County Historical Society flooded. Thankfully, most of the collection was saved by fast-acting volunteers.
We need your help improving our digital technology to keep our vast collection of historical documents and information safe and accessible.
Keeping up with technology is one of the hardest things to do for a non-profit organization. This is an on-going need. Thank you for your help!
The Marquette Regional History Center has several paths for financial support at any level. The Capital Campaign funds the new facility, a $4.5 million project. We have raised $3.8 million to date.
Donate any amount today! A receipt for this tax deductible contribution will be sent within 10 business days. Thank you!
Attend our fundraising events that happen throughout the year, which support the operating expenses of the museum.
Harlow's Wooden Man Magazine
In the spring of 1875, during a walk behind his house, Amos Harlow, one of Marquette’s founding fathers, noticed a great cedar tree. He observed that it resembled a man, so much so that he was inspired to cut the tree down, move it to his back yard, invert it and add a few embellishments.
Limbs (pun intended) from the original tree were cut and fastened to the Wooden Man’s body at what was to become the shoulders. Two fungi attached to the head became ears. His coat of cedar bark received a collar and cuffs made from birch bark. To cover his balding head, a large hemp rope was untwined and attached to his head. A straw-type hat also made of cedar bark completed the ensemble. No self respecting gentleman of the day would go for a walk in the woods without a cane, so an appropriately sized branch was found for him to hold in his right hand.
Don’t think that the Wooden Man has been a bachelor all his life. In 1891 a wedding was staged with the gentlemen, although a proper gentleman would have removed his hat. Mr. Griffin, owner of a boarding house in Marquette, read the service. The bride, Ada Mapes, carried a bouquet of lily of the valley. When asked how she liked her new husband, she replied “He was all right only he stayed out all night.”
This one hundred thirty three year old man still stands tall (15 feet). Harlow’s Wooden Man remains a tribute to all the hearty pioneers who have come to this area. This symbol of our heritage was chosen as the title of the Marquette County History Museum’s quarterly publication in 1965.
The Harlow’s Wooden Man Publication is produced quarterly with information including news about the Museum, historical articles and photographs and upcoming events. Members receive the journal free of charge. Join now!