Local and Lovely: Marquette Regional History Center

Local and Lovely is the newest weekly addition to our blog. It’s a way of featuring our favorite Upper Michigan vendors and businesses. This week we are truly honored to feature Marquette’s Regional History Center! Not only is this location an incredible space that is available to rent out for events, but it also a fantastic museum that is fun to tour! Located in the heart of downtown historic Marquette, MI the MRHC is simply gorgeous inside and out, day and night! We were so thankful for Kaye Hiebel (Executive Director) and Cris Osier (Assistant Director) for taking some time out of their day and giving us the grand tour! We learned all about the exhibits, upcoming and permanent, and snapped a few pictures along the way. Here is some Q & A I asked Kaye to get a better understanding about this great center:

1. When did the Marquette Regional History Center open? We opened in the spring of 2011 so we are in our second full year of operation.

2. What do you feel sets your business apart for the museum? We tell the whole story of this region’s history from natural history, the arrival of the first people, the fur trade and subsequent development as well as other more contemporary things like yooper innovation and hockey history. We use new technology by incorporating touch screen kiosks where you can go as deep into a subject as you want.

3. What is your favorite part of the museum? What I feel is the most incredible thing about our whole process of creating a multimillion dollar museum and history center is that it was all accomplished by our own community! It was built and constructed by U.P. companies and the exhibit gallery which is very original and creative, was built by local artists and craftsmen. We are a private non profit organization and we receive no funding from any government agency so we had to fund raise the money ourselves to build it (and still are) and we have to continue to fundraise to operate – that says a lot about our community and the value they place on their heritage.

4. What is a current trend that you would love people to know about when planning their wedding reception there? We are really a rental venue so we don’t work directly with the brides. We have had everything from very simple receptions to elaborate ones. It really is up to the imagination of the bridal party. Since the building is somewhat of a cultural icon with columns and a dome, the events tend to be more formal than casual.

5. Any fun-facts that we should really know that would contribute even more to your coolness? The dome is a projection dome lit by LED colored lights which we can program to show different colors. Late at night it really does glow and people in town love to see it lit up.

We want to thank Kaye & Cris again for giving us such a great tour, letting us photograph them, and answering all of our questions! Make sure to check out the website and stop in for a great visit!

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Look how great a wedding is there! Wowza!

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