Marquette Regional History Center Award Winners Recognized

March 13, 2019

Marquette, MI – The Marquette Regional History Center Award Winners for the 2018 annual Helen Longyear Paul Award and Peter White Award have been announced.

The Helen Longyear Paul Award is given to recognize individuals, and the Peter White Award honors foundations, companies, organizations and institutions. Both recognize exceptional effort in the enhancement, restoration, conservation or interpretation of the history of our area.

2018 Helen Longyear Paul Award presented to Jim Koski by granddaughter of Helen Longyear Paul, Carol Brady.

Lorri Smith and Cora Pietila accept the award for Iron Bay.

The Marquette County History Museum awarded Jim Koski the 2018 Helen Longyear Paul Award for the preservation and enhancement of history in Marquette County. The Iron Bay Restaurant and Tap Room was awarded the 2018 Peter White Award for their work to promote the area and its unique culture. Award winners are honored on a permanent plaque in the museum.… Read the rest

Marquette Regional History Center Offers Heritage Crafts Special Exhibit and Workshop Series

March 13, 2019

Marquette, MI – The Heritage Crafts Special Exhibit and Craft Workshop Series will showcase traditional Upper Peninsula crafts including hair art, Norwegian fiber arts, beading, miniatures, wood burning, bookbinding, paper cutting, Potawatomi carved wooden spoons, Finnish bird carving, Ojibway quill art, and seed saving. Learn more about the crafts of our immigrant and Native American ancestors. The special exhibit, on display April 29 to September 26, 2019, will include example craft items from the History Center’s permanent collection, the workshop instructors, and the community.

This Heritage Crafts exhibit and workshop series 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.

We will be offering a series of craft workshops and special programming throughout the year.… Read the rest

DDA Expands Downtown Facade Improvement Grant Program

March 13, 2019

Marquette, MI – Recently, the Marquette Downtown Development Authority (DDA) received a Downtown Façade Restoration Initiative Grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). The $300,000 one-time funding is to assist downtown district property owners to make impactful exterior improvements to their building façade. The grant award allows the DDA to expand the Downtown Façade Improvement Grant Program, originally initiated in 2018, to fund additional projects that will have a larger impact on the economic growth and revitalization of the downtown district.

The Downtown Façade Improvement Grant Program provides financial assistance in the form of a reimbursable grant after work is completed. Grant funding requires a minimum 1:1 match, which means the DDA/MEDC will contribute up to 50% of total project costs while the applicant is responsible for the remaining balance. To be eligible for grant funding, façade projects must meet a minimum of $5,000 in total costs.… Read the rest

Public Forums with U.P. Area Agency on Agency March 20th

March 13, 2019

Pickford, MI – In preparation for writing the Area Plan of Services to Older Adults for Fiscal Years 2020-2022, the U.P. Area Agency on Aging will be holding public input sessions. The purpose of these sessions is to obtain input from older adults, caregivers, service providers, and the general public concerning the needs of older adults in the Upper Peninsula – particularly unmet needs, long term care, and priority services for the elderly.

The public input session for the eastern part of the region will be held on Wednesday, March 20th at 11:15 am at the Pickford Township Hall, 155 E. Main Street, Pickford. This session is open to the public.

Individuals who are unable to attend the public input session may provide written comments at any time. Please send any written comments to the Executive Director, U.P. Area Agency on Aging, P.O.… Read the rest

20th Annual Spring Holistic Fair Showcases Local Health and Wellness Providers

March 13, 2019

Marquette, MI – U.P. residents will have the opportunity to learn about and experience holistic products and services at the 20th Annual Spring Holistic Health Fair on Saturday, March 23rd from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. The Fair will take place on the third floor of the Historic Masonic Building in downtown Marquette.

The annual event draws vendors from all over the UP and occasionally from other parts of the Midwest, including downstate Michigan, Minnesota, and Illinois. Over 40 vendors are expected at this year’s Fair, including participants that specialize in massage, chiropractic, energy work, natural health consulting, essential oils, natural skin care, jewelry, yoga, acupuncture, intuitive readings, personal training, physical fitness, and other areas. Presentations and door prizes will be offered throughout the day. Admission is free, with free parking available on the street and in the parking structure on the north side of the Masonic building.… Read the rest

West End Health Foundation Spring 2019 Grant Cycle

March 13, 2019

Marquette, MI – The West End Health Foundation awarded the second cycle of 2018 grants to support health and wellness projects in Marquette County’s West End communities recently. A total of eleven proposals were received by the Foundation. Seven proposals were funded for a total of $30,385.
Grants were awarded to the following non-profit organizations Girls on the Run-scholarships for girls in the West End running and fitness program $2,100.

Great Lakes Recovery Center-to purchase materials to build a maple sugar shack to be used by youth participants $6,000.

Ishpeming Township-materials to build a FitCore Extreme Structures facility at the Ishpeming Township playground $10,000.

Lake Superior Life Care and Hospice-funding to improve West End volunteer recruitment and retention $4,025.

Room at the Inn-funding for the warming center services in Marquette $3,750.

Superior Shore Systems-funding to provide a Feeding America Mobile Food Truck in summer of 2019 $2,000.… Read the rest

City of Negaunee Facade Improvements Update

March 3, 2019

Negaunee, MI – City Manager Nate Heffron is pleased to announce that four downtown Negaunee businesses have submitted paperwork to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) for consideration to enter Negaunee’s second round of façade improvements.

The City of Negaunee partnered with these four downtown businesses to seek out a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). Current estimates place the total project cost nearly $651,000.00. Grants from MEDC can range in support of up to 75% match, with the City contributing administrative costs of the grant, if approved.


This year’s locations include:
323 Iron Street
308 Iron Street
331 Iron Street
334 Iron Street

Recently, Negaunee underwent its first phase of facade improvements with Smarty’s Saloon and Tino’s Pizza, both projects totaled $189,470.00. “The goal of the City is to work with willing business owners and the MEDC to improve the visual appearance of the downtown area by lessening deteriorated or blighted buildings.… Read the rest

Research Fees at J.M. Longyear Library Waived

March 3, 2019

Marquette, MI – Thanks to a grant from the Literacy Legacy Fund of Michigan, research fees are currently waived at the J.M. Longyear Research Library, located at the Marquette Regional History Center.

We encourage NMU students to take advantage of this opportunity to explore our extensive collection of historical photos and documents. We also invite professors to contact us about bringing classes to our research library. The Marquette Regional History Center is located at 145 W. Spring Street. Call (906) 226-3571 for more information.… Read the rest

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