History center to mark 95th birthday

MARQUETTE – The Marquette Regional History Center, the oldest historical organization in the Upper Peninsula, will celebrate its 95th birthday with a party this evening at its downtown Marquette facility.

The celebration – which will include awards, cake, treats and historical characters – will be held after the center’s business meeting that begins at 7 p.m.

According to the organization’s website, the Marquette County Historical Society is a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1918 by local residents who wanted to preserve Marquette County’s rich cultural heritage. The original museum facility on Front Street was purchased in 1937 through a bequest from the estate of Mary B. Longyear. After extensive renovation, it was officially opened to visitors in 1949. The organization made a monumental move to its new facility in the spring of 2011. The name was changed to Marquette Regional History Center, the website read.

The celebration is free and open to the public, although donations are appreciated. The center is located at 145 W. Spring St.

For more information, call the center at 226-3571.

John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206.