The Marquette Regional History Center presents 2019 Historical Marquette Bus Tours

June 20, 2019

Marquette, MI – The Marquette Regional History Center presents the 2019 Historical Marquette Bus Tours! The schedule is as follows:

July Bus Tours—all tours meet at MRHC
1:00 pm tours: July 16 and 30
6:00 pm tours: July 24 and 31
August Bus Tours—all tours meet at MRHC
1:00 pm tours: August 6 and 13
6:00 pm tours: August 7 and 14

Our popular bus tours are back! Hop on to time travel back and enjoy first-person historical characters (they really are characters)! The Historical Marquette Bus Tours are a great way to see the town as it is today, while reflecting on the early days of bustling Marquette. Enjoy the ride and learn something along the way through an entertaining narrated tour. Nine tours are available and advance purchase of tickets is highly recommended.

Tickets are now on sale and available by calling 906-226-3571, visiting, or stopping by the Marquette Regional History Center during regular operating hours. Tickets are $20.00 for all tours and will embark from the History Center. Arrive ten minutes early to claim your seat. Travel in an air conditioned Checker Bus for the duration of the tour: 90 minutes. Sponsored by Checker Transport and Travel Marquette.

Second Showing of ‘Anatomy of a Murder’ Added at Marquette County Courthouse

June 20, 2019

Marquette, MI – Due to popular demand, Northern Michigan University’s Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center has added a second viewing of the film Anatomy of a Murder in the Marquette County Courthouse. Screenings are now scheduled at 1 pm on Monday, July 1 and Tuesday, July 2. Seating will be first come, first served, with a suggested donation of $5 at the door.

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of its release, Anatomy of a Murder is screening in the same courtroom where the original trial that inspired the book and film took place, and where many of the movie’s scenes were shot. This is a rare opportunity to see the film in the Marquette County Courthouse.

On July 1, 1959, the film had its world premiere in Detroit (after two earlier previews in Marquette County). It went on to garner seven Academy Award nominations and was a box office hit. Entirely filmed and edited in Marquette County, Anatomy of a Murder has been called the seventh best courtroom drama in cinema history by the American Film Institute. It was based on the 1958 bestselling novel by the same name by Robert Traver, the pen name for Michigan Supreme Court justice and Ishpeming native John Voelker.

The film stars James Stewart as a former district attorney who is hired by an accused murderer (Ben Gazzara) to defend his case. It also stars Lee Remick, Eve Arden, George C. Scott, Arthur O’Connell, Kathryn Grant, Brooks West (Arden’s husband), Orson Bean and Murray Hamilton. The judge was played by Joseph N. Welch, a real-life lawyer famous for dressing down Joseph McCarthy during the Army-McCarthy hearings. The musical score was composed by Duke Ellington, who also appears in the film.

These viewings are being sponsored by Kendricks, Bordeau, Keefe, Seavoy & Larson, P.C.; Superior Title & Mineral Examiners; and the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center at NMU. Seating is limited to 108 people per viewing.

‘Dr. P’ Leaves Seven-Figure Bequest to NMU

June 20, 2019

Marquette, MI – The legacy of James Panowski—known fondly as “Dr. P”—will endure for many years at Northern Michigan University. Before his death in May 2018, the former director of Forest Roberts Theatre designated a bequest of more than $1 million to the Mildred and Albert Panowski Playwriting Award and the James A. Panowski Theatre Scholarship at NMU.

Panowski came to Marquette in 1977 and found a permanent home. During his years at NMU, Dr. P built an exciting, innovative and practical theater program, resulting in the launch of many related careers, decades of community entertainment and a foundation of self-assurance for students to build on personally and professionally.

In 1994, he received NMU’s Distinguished Faculty Award. A lifetime supporter of the arts in the Marquette region, he was a member of the President’s Lifetime Giving Society, established the Mildred and Albert Panowski Playwriting Award and served as a member of the NMU Foundation Board of Trustees. In 2009, to celebrate his retirement, family and friends established the James A. Panowski Theatre Scholarship to provide support for undergraduate and graduate students who major or minor in theater. Dr. P. himself contributed significantly to this scholarship after his retirement.

NMU established a playwriting award in 1977. From 1978-1993, the Shiras Institute, a prominent Upper Michigan philanthropic fund, participated in this event, known as the Shiras Institute/Forest Roberts Theatre Playwriting Award. Beginning with the 14th annual competition in 1993, Dr. P became the sole benefactor of the Mildred and Albert Panowski Playwriting Award.

The purpose of the award is to encourage and stimulate artistic growth among educational and professional playwrights. It provides students and faculty the unique opportunity to mount and produce an original work on stage and the playwright benefits from seeing the production in front of an audience. The winning playwright also receives a cash award and serves as an Artist-In-Residence at NMU.

“This gift expands Dr. Panowski’s commitment to Northern’s Forest Roberts Theatre and the theater program he so loved,” said NMU President Fritz Erickson. “The scholarship directly helps theater students complete their degrees and achieve their career goals. The support for the playwriting award continues to distinguish Forest Roberts Theatre as a place where inspiring, thought-provoking, entertaining new plays debut. We are grateful for this generous gift that continues the theater’s strong tradition of providing first-rate performances for the residents of the Upper Peninsula and those who visit the area.”

‘Anatomy of a Murder’ and Boat Building Exhibits at NMU

June 18, 2019

Marquette, MI – Exhibits on the 60th anniversary of the making of the film Anatomy of a Murder and traditional wooden boat building in the Upper Peninsula are currently on display at Northern Michigan University. They can be viewed at the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center in Gries Hall.

“Hollywood Comes to Marquette County: The making of Anatomy of a Murder” is an exhibit featuring various rare images from the 1959 film’s production; a timeline for the book, movie and Voelker’s life; and links to oral history interviews with the participants in the case. In addition, a special screening of Anatomy of a Murder will take place at 1 pm on Monday, July 1st at the Marquette County Courthouse, in the same courtroom where the original trial was held. The suggested donation is $5. The Beaumier Center exhibit on the film was originally created to commemorate its 50th anniversary.

“Wooden Boats Afloat” is an exhibit that examines the role of wooden boats in the U.P.’s economic, social and cultural settings. It is also a Michigan Humanities Council project that documents for the first time the wooden boat-building heritage of the Upper Peninsula. Contributions include input from boat enthusiasts and experts from restoration boatyards, the Huron Mountain Club, Westshore Fishing Museum, commercial fishermen and rowing clubs. This exhibit was partly made possible by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

These exhibits will be on display through September 28th and admission is free. The gallery is open from 10 am to 4 pm Monday-Friday and 11 am to 4 pm Saturdays.

City of Negaunee Closes Section of Iron St.

June 15, 2019

Negaunee, MI – At the June 13th 2019 City Council Meeting for the City of Negaunee, the City Council passed a motion that subsequently will close Iron St directly in front of the Kirkwood block due to structural instability that threatens the safety of the general public.

This closure will be effective immediately and will include the North sidewalk, North Parking area and the North Traffic Lane. The City and its staff are following all proper procedures to ensure the Kirkwood building will be no longer be a threat to the safety of the public in a timely manner.

NMU Among Top 50 for Education Majors

June 15, 2019

Marquette, MI – Northern Michigan University ranks 43rd among the nation’s “50 Best Colleges for Education Majors” identified by

“This ranking looks at accessibility and affordability relative to the U.S. Department of Education and Michigan Department of Education outcomes we report through trusted systems,” said Joe Lubig, associate dean of the NMU School of Education, Leadership and Public Service. “I am so proud of what we do and the integrity with which we do it. People can’t believe the level of engagement we have with our schools, community and alumni. Sustaining those relationships to maintain a high-level program takes so much work on the part of our faculty.”

NMU offers bachelor’s degrees in elementary and secondary education in several focus areas, as well as a master’s degree with a variety of concentrations.’s description praises NMU for giving students at least one “intense” semester of real-world teaching experience, either in Michigan or internationally. It also states that, through the Michigan Student Council for Exceptional Children and the Student Michigan Education Association, NMU helps connect students and teachers to foster a collaborative learning environment.

“I am proud of the high-quality candidates we develop in partnership with schools around the world,” Lubig said. “Dr. Kristen White just returned from meeting with our partners in New Zealand, who have had numerous NMU student teachers and have hired from that pool. They were raving about the quality of their hires from NMU. I have also done site reviews at 11 of the colleges and universities on this ranking and I know they are of quality. This gives me more confidence in the validity of this list.” states that it evaluated hundreds of schools for the list and selected NMU based on academic and career resources for education major students, the quality of education, faculty and other factors.


Bishop John Doerfler Supports Houle Sainthood Cause

June 13, 2019

Marquette, MI – Bishop John Doerfler’s statement on support of Houle sainthood cause:

It is an occasion of great joy in the Diocese of Marquette to receive the (unanimous) support of the U.S. bishops in the canonical consultation on the cause for canonization of Irving C. “Francis” Houle.

This is an early step in the cause for sainthood of a man who is an example of holiness for the ordinary guy.

Houle’s wife described him to me as “a wonderful husband and father.” He was “the guy next door” and a holy man in the words of his pastor.

An athlete, veteran, husband and father, 4th degree Knight of Columbus, and diligent worker in retail and manufacturing, Houle illustrates living a life of faith and holiness from family to the workplace.

In addition, Houle’s humility and self-sacrifice for his family, and the healing of others through his ministry of prayer are noteworthy. The extraordinary gifts of healing and the stigmata are further illustrations of how God chooses the lowly and humble as his instruments.

Marquette Music Scene Hall of Fame Nominations Open

June 13, 2019

Marquette, MI – Marquette Music Scene is pleased to announce open nominations for the 2019 Induction Class to the Marquette Music Scene Hall of Fame.

Anyone may submit a nomination. Nominees must be either born, raised or founded (in the case of entities) in Marquette County, resided in Marquette County for a significant portion of their career, or made a significant mark on Marquette County during their career. They may represent any music genre and be associated with any music related vocation from any era in Marquette County’s history. A nominee can be an individual, group, large ensemble, institution, event or venue.

Nominees will be considered and voted on by the Marquette Music Scene Hall of Fame Selection Committee which is apprised of local music professionals, historians, educators, and previous inductees. A total of 12 individuals/groups/institutions, one venue, one music store, and one current venue owner/operator (Music Mafia), will be inducted. The MMS “Rising Star” will also be awarded to a group formed in the last 5 years that is making their mark on the current Marquette Music Scene.

This year’s open nomination period will run through Labor Day/Marquette Area Bluesfest. The preferred nomination method is online at, physical nominations forms can be picked up and returned to the MMS Office/Cindy Engle on the lower level of the Masonic Square Mall.

“It’s been a couple years since the founding of the Hall and we’re really looking to get the community more involved in the process. We’re only a few, and though our knowledge of Marquette County music history is vast, it’s far from complete. We’re really hoping with this years nomination process we end up feeling a bit overwhelmed with the number of nominations.” says board member Andrew “Bear” Tyler.
The 2019 Marquette Music Scene Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Saturday, November 30th, at the Upper Peninsula Masonic Center’s Red Room in Marquette.

The Marquette Music Scene Hall of Fame was founded in 2017 to celebrate the unique and prolific music history of Marquette County. Past inductees include musicians, behind the scenes crew, promoters, managers and more including Chuch Magee (The Rolling Stones), Da Yoopers, Les Ross Sr, Bill Etten, Snuffy’s Saloon and more.

Marquette Music Scene is currently pursuing non-profit status with the dream of someday having a full museum to commemorate and celebrate Marquette’s amazing, historic and continuing music legacy.

Media & Sponsorship inquiries please contact Bear at (906) 458-4323/ or Cindy Engle at (906) 869-1395/

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