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! [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]
Family Programming 2019
The History Center offers unique and fun family programming all year.
Museum After Dark
February 16, 2019 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Our seventh Museum After Dark program! This year, once again on Sled Dog Weekend. An exciting, mysterious museum adventure! Encounter historical figures, see rare artifacts and hunt for others. This is your chance to see the exhibits come to life after dark. Enjoy hands-on activities, snacks, and surprises. For ages 7 and up. Advance ticket purchase recommended. Also available at the door. Doors open at 7:00! $9 for 18 and under, $5 for adults.
All ticket sales for M.A.D. are now via phone or in person. Please call 906-226-3571 to purchase tickets between 10-3:00 on Saturday the day of the event, February 16th. Thank you!
Birchbark Canoe Build
May 13-17. Thanks to a Community Foundation grant, we are able to create a hands-on learning opportunity for all. Rochelle Dale and Jan Zender will build a birchbark canoe in our gathering hall. School groups will visit the build and learn from Jan and Rochelle. The public is invited to stop in and observe too. We will have a special evening visit with the artisans. Join us for:
Birchbark Canoe Open House
May 15, 5:00-7:00 pm. All ages welcome. Come with questions and time to observe the historic crafts experts at work.
U.P. Scale Modelers Showcase
June 22, 10:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m.
Join us at the Marquette Regional History Center for an exhibit day of models created by the Upper Peninsula Scale Modelers. This club has been meeting for over 40 years. Originating at KI Sawyer Air-force Base, the club has grown to encompass modelers of various specialties - from ships and boats to aircraft, armor, and cars. Bring your questions and get an up-close look at the process from club members as they display models in various stages of completion and the tools they use. This is a wonderful time to explore if this craft is for you. $5 suggested donation.
Annual Cemetery Walking Tours at Park Cemetery
June 25 1:00 & 6:00 pm.
Join us for our ever-popular walking tour of a local cemetery, this year’s theme honoring artists. Art Week will be in full swing in Marquette and we will take a look back at artists from our region: musicians, writers, visual and performing artists. Meet near main gate. $5 suggested donation.
This Heritage Craft Series event is made possible in part by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or the MHC.
July & August Historic Marquette Bus Tours
Eight tours. See Events page for details & tickets
Marquette County Fair
August 8 - 10, 10:00-10:00 each day.
At the Marquette County Fair Grounds.
Join us at the fair in the Antiques Division. We'll have historic costumes for you to try on in our photo booth. Look for History Project entries displayed by our 5th-H History Club in the 4-H Building (where you buy your ice cream!).
August 19 - 23
Hands On! Art and History Day Camp
10:00-12:00 pm each day.
This is our 6th
annual day camp collaboration with Liberty Children's Art Project! A week long immersion into local history and multi-media art making. We will explore the History Center's special exhibit: “Changing Hands: A Heritage Crafts Exhibit" through a lively history experience and guest art teachers using contemporary methods and materials in art making. Come explore and create multiple art projects with us!
Ages 8-12. Pre-registration required.
Register at the History Center or by calling 906.226.3571
$50 for the week, or $45 for Museum Members. $10 Discount for additional siblings.
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 8-15 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.
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 9-16 and parents are invited to join. This club meets twice a month. 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.
October 19, 12:00-3:00 pm.
Our 7th annual fair is in-line with our special exhibit featuring archeology, fall of 2019. This is a day full of hands-on learning appreciated by all ages. Multiple booths feature regional and global displays and activities, celebrating with the rest of the world the study of human history - on International Archeology Day. 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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