Regional history museum hosting ‘40s swing party

MARQUETTE – If you have ever dreamed of traveling back to the era of victory gardens, fireside chats and swing music you will get your chance at The Marquette Regional History Museum’s Swing Back to the ’40s event happening from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Marquette Regional History Museum. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $3 for students and children 12 and under are $2.

Meet past U.P. winter carnival queens and soldiers in uniform as you scour the museum for artifacts in their ’40s inspired scavenger hunt. Or sit back and relax as you watch dancers boogie woogie out on the dance floor showcasing moves and music from the past. A swing dance demonstration will be at noon. A meet and greet with the winter carnival queens and the veterans is at 1 p.m.

“We will have dancers showcasing boogie woogie, swing and tap dancing,” Marquette Regional History Museum Educator Betsy Rutz said. “There will be some really good big band era music.”

The event will be set up in an open house format so people can show up at anytime during the event and join in the fun. The event is set up for all age groups.

“The scavenger hunt will take people through out the whole building,” Rutz said. “It will be really fun for adults and kids.”

The event will showcase photographs and artifacts from the ’40s like: High fashion, ads, toys and radios. The photographs showcase soldiers from world war II including the draft as well as local boys out in the field. There are photos of the centennial of Marquette back in 1949 as well as Marquette Counties winter carnival queens and snow sculpture competitions.

“We have a great collections of radios and we will be playing some fireside chats,” Rutz said.

Anyone wishing to dress up for the event is welcome and any veteran who can still fit into their 1940s-50s era uniform is welcome to attend in uniform as well. For more information call 226-3571.

Sylvia Stevens can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 240.