Learning about the man called Marquette

What’s in a name? Residents and visitors in Marquette will have the opportunity to discover more about the city’s namesake during a series of events related to Rev. Jacques Marquette and the statue honoring the city’s founder.

“By Way of the Water: Celebrating Marquette’s Legacy,” events will take place beginning Monday and continuing through August.

Local history and art activities will be featured as Marquette celebrates the restoration of the Father Marquette statue. A range of events will include live theater, musical performances, tall ships, bus tours, exhibits and more.

Here are a few of the likely highlights:

– Restoration artist Giorgio Gikas of Venus Bronze Works in Detroit will give a free lecture at 10 a.m. Monday in the Hampton Inn, discussing the project to restore damage on the Father Marquette statue.

– A Father Marquette Statue celebration is set for 7 p.m. Monday to celebrate the restoration of the statue with a ribbon cutting ceremony, a birch bark canoe flotilla, and musical performances at the site of the statue located at Lakeside Park.

– Bus tours of historic spots in Marquette will be conducted July 17, 18, 24, 30, by Marquette Regional History Center bus tours. Costumed interpreters will help bring history to life as riders are guided through the city’s past. Call 226-3571.

– A history lecture, “Father Marquette and 17th Century,” is set for 7 p.m. Thursday at the Marquette Regional History Center.

– Living statue performances will be scattered around downtown Marquette from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

These events are just the tip of the iceberg – there will be plenty of opportunities to learn about the man behind the city’s name. We hope everyone with an interest in the past takes some time to discover more.