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]
The History Center offers unique and fun family programming all year.
Hands on! Art & History Day Camp
August 17-18 & 20-21, 2020, 10:00-12:00 each day, at the History Center
This is the 7th annual day camp collaboration between the Marquette Regional History Center and Liberty Children's Art Project! Youth enjoy an immersion into local history and multi-media art making. Multiple art techniques are taught during this camp with art teacher and LCAP Director Carol Phillips. We will explore the History Center's special exhibit: “The Great Outdoors: The History of Recreation in Marquette County” with some camp crafts. For summer 2020 we are offering two, two day camps. Register for either Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday. Camp will be held outside on the lawn of the History Center, 10:00-12:00 each day. Due to Covid-19 precautions, masks will be required and we will provide space and limit enrollment for distancing; all art projects will be individual this year, not group art projects. Ages 8-12. Pre-registration required. $25 for each two day session. Register at the History Center front desk or by calling 906.226.3571
15th Annual Cemetery Walking Tour at
Holy Cross Cemetery
Postponed per COVID-19 State Closure -
Now July 15th
Originally scheduled for Thursday, May 28.
Join us for our ever-popular walking tour of a local cemetery, this year looks back on the roaring '20s of 100 years ago. Local personalities from the 1920s who are buried at Holy Cross will be honored as we tell their stories. Meet near the chapel building. Two options for tours on this day, afternoon or evening. $5 suggested donation.
U.P. Scale Modelers Showcase
Saturday, June 20, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Join us for an exhibit day of models created by the Upper Peninsula Scale Modelers. Over 40 years old, this club originated at KI Sawyer Air Force Base, and has grown to encompass modelers of various specialties - from ships and boats to aircraft, armor, and cars. Get an up-close look at the process from club members. $5 suggested donation.
July & August Historic Marquette Bus Tours
Eight tours. See Events page for details & tickets
The Marquette County Fair
August 8 - 10, 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. each day
Join us at the fair for fun in the Antiques Division and look for History Project submissions by our 5th-H History Club in the 4H Building. Cancelled for 2020.
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.
8th Annual Archaeology Fair
Saturday, October 17, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
With an exciting fair every year, we are thrilled to be among 45 world-wide Long Term Collaboratores listed by the Archaeological Institute of America. 2020 is the 10th anniversary of International Archaeology Day. Enjoy hands-on learning for all ages. Multiple booths feature various regional and global displays and activities. 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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