Virtual Field Trips
We miss school field trips!
Although this is only temporary, we hope your students can experience the History Center this year. See below for our first virtual field trip, about regional archaeology! A virtual fur-trade field trip is being developed as well (coming soon).
These virtual field trips are created so you may enjoy them from your classroom.
Virtual Archaeology Field Trip
Purchase here to enjoy in your classroom or at home.
If your class group is very small, we can accommodate you in the museum with a pre-scheduled field trip, masks and distancing, at this time. Contact Betsy via email [email protected]
If you are unable to bring your class in at this time, try a virtual visit! See the information at right to schedule yours.
Customized Virtual Visit
5th-H History 4-H Club Digital Story Project: The Time of the Shining Rocks
This video is 42 minutes in length. Enjoy it like an audio book with pictures.
For more information on our history club, see below.
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.
(For restrictions during the Covid-19 pandemic, please call).
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! [email protected] 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 protected]
Archaeology Bingo Scavenger Hunt
Bingo October 2020 was a great success!
View some archaeology bingo players' answer submissions on this slideshow:
The History Center offers unique and fun family programming all year.
Forgotten Founders Cemetery Tour
Thursday, June 24, 1:00 and 6:00 p.m.
We tour Park Cemetery this year to learn about those less well known such as Martha Bacon, Samuel Barney, and Mehitable Everett. Meet near the main gate. Two options for tours on this day, afternoon or evening. $5 suggested donation.
Historic Marquette Walking Tours
July 13, 20, 27 at 1:00 & July 14, 28 at 6:00 p.m.
We’ll take advantage of being outdoors in our vibrant downtown. This tour route will include multiple stops downtown and at the lake front.
Start the walk with our tour guide at the History Center; you will hear many stories and features, you may just meet a historical character too! Expect to walk for 90 minutes. Limited group sizes, $15 per person, buy your tickets ahead of time to reserve your tour via phone or website. Eight tour dates to choose from. Rain/cancellation policy given upon purchase.
Marquette County Fair
August 12-14, 10 a.m.-10:00 p.m. each day.
Join us at the fair grounds for fun in the Antiques Division and look for History Project submissions by our 5th-H History Club in the 4-H Building.
Historic Marquette Walking Tours
August 3 and 10 at 1:00 p.m
August 11 at 6:00 p.m. See description above.
Hands On! Art and History Day Camp
August 16-20, 10:00-12:00 each day.
In partnership with the Liberty Children’s Art Project, we are excited to put on our 8th annual summer camp for ages 8-12. In 2020 we were able to hold the camp outdoors, and we will adapt creatively again if needed. Register at the MRHC.
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 meet through the school year and summer. Currently we have members ages 8-15 and they are working on group projects and individual projects as we meet virtually for the time being.
Email Betsy with any questions or give us a call.
The History Center joined with Marquette County 4-H to create a History Club in early 2017. Youth ages 8-16 and parents are invited to join. This club meets twice a month. We will learn about local history through projects such as: special guests, 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.
To see all of the museum programming and details, and updates on programs 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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