Nov 30 Thursday
On Saturday, September 16, the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center will be opening a landmark exhibition on the 1820 expedition of Lewis Cass on the Great Lakes. The exhibition, “Claiming Michigan: the 1820 Expedition of Lewis Cass,” will feature dozens of images, excerpts from journals, detailed narrative information and large format maps. There will be an opening reception at 1 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and light beverages. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public and will be open through January 27, 2024. Open hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday through Friday), until 8 p.m. on Thursdays and 12 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. In 1820, the governor of the Michigan Territory, Lewis Cass, and thirty-five companions participated in an expedition from Detroit to the furthest limits of what would become the states of Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. However, this was not a journey of discovery. Everything they experienced had already been seen before by the region’s indigenous people and early European explorers. In fact, without the assistance of their Anishinaabe guides, they would never have travelled to all the places they visited. In the end, the point of the expedition was not to discover but to claim the region for America and make their presence known. Less than six years after the War of 1812, America’s hold on the region was still tenuous. Along the way, they studied the landscape to determine what resources might benefit the United States in the future. Little did they or anyone else know the lasting impact this journey would have on the Great Lakes region, which within the next 30 years would see a boom of American settlement.
Many noted individuals are part of this story, including Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, Shingabowossin (Chief of the Ojibwe at Bahweting – Sault Ste. Marie), Ozhaguscodaywayquay (Susan Johnston), Charles Trowbridge and David Bates Douglass. For each of these individuals, the expedition would alter their lives, in positive and negative ways. For many of the expedition’s participants, they would leverage the adventure in their pursuit of government appointments and political ambitions. For the Indigenous people, this expedition would begin the process of American settlement of the region and the exploitation of its resources. The impact on their way-of-life and the natural world they relied upon them would be devastating, the effects of which they still struggle to deal with to this day.
The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center is located at the corner of 7th Street and Tracy Ave, on the campus of Northern Michigan University. For more information call 906-227-1219 or go to www.nmu.edu/beaumier.
This exhibition considers our relationship to design using objects from the permanent collection. The exhibition features work by Alvar Aalto, Nuttapong Charoenkitivarakorn, Darryl Curran, Ray and Charles Eames, Kaj Franck, Frank Gehry, Alexander Girard, Andy Gregg, Takenobu Igarashi, Max Krimmel, Thomas Lamb, Gunnel Nyman, Glenn Polinsky, F.A. "Butzi” Porsche, Sue Robishaw, Christine Saari, Eero Saarinen, Richard Sapper, Bonnie Schiffman, Steve Schmeck, Dennis Sotala, Momoyo Torimitsu, Dorothy Tracy, Dale Wedig, Tapio Wikkala, and firms Munising Woodenware Co. and Sitcom Furniture.
Graduating seniors from the School of Art and Design present their work. This semester, the exhibition features students concentrating in art education, ceramics, computer art, graphic design, human-centered design, and illustration.
Participating Artists Include: Brooke Ashworth, Ray Bonney, Josh Brehm, Kaitlynn Park, Destiny Smejkal, Olivia Vera, Ilah Wilson, and Elina Zhang.
Reception: December 15, 2023, from 7 - 9 p.m.
Awards will be announced at 8 p.m.
Thank you to our annual donors, the Friends of the DeVos Art Museum, for supporting the Gold award, and the NMU School of Art and Design for supporting the Silver and Bronze awards.
Join us for free film screenings.
Daily screenings in the Museum Monday through Saturday at 3 pm; Thursdays at 3 pm and 7 pm.
Wednesday, December 6, 5 pm, Art & Design room 165 - Join us for a special screening followed by a Q & A with the directors.
Legal Services of Northern Michigan in conjunction with the Legal Services Corporation and the Michigan State Bar Foundation will offer free monthly Family Law clinics open to community members who need help with their divorce or custody case and are representing themselves.
Legal Services staff attorneys provide classroom instruction to participants and volunteer attorneys are available for private consultations. All forms supplied free to participants.
The clinics will be held in Marquette at the Peter White Public Library from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on the following dates: 7/27/23, 8/31/23, 9/28/23, 10/26/23, and 11/30/23. (The last Thursday of each month).
For more information, call Legal Services of Northern Michigan at (906) 228-5620.
A World War II pilot, fisherman, artist, printmaker, and educator, Fred B. Brian’s many rolesrelied on keen observation. While born in Normal, Illinois, in 1924, Brian found creativeinspiration in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Summers at the family’s cabin in the OttawaForest on Lake Gogebic feature prominently in his work. Brian translates childhoodobservations into narrative artwork. Stories swapped at the kitchen table and surrealmemories of his father placing a fishing boat into the living room for winter storage arethe basis of personal myths in his black and white woodcut prints.
Thursday, September 21, 5:30 pm - Please join us for a reception and an introduction to the exhibition by Holle Brian.
Dec 01 Friday
Marquette Regional History Center presents the Special Exhibit: Exposing Photography: Anything but a Small BusinessMarch 6, 2023- January 13, 2024Follow the development of commercial photography in Michigan’s central Upper Peninsula. Starting in the mid 1800s artists set up photography studios around the UP. They made a living off portrait photography. BF Childs established Childs Art Gallery in Ishpeming which ran over 70 years. Edgar and Merta Lemon started a studio in Marquette in 1909 which still operates today. Early photographers travelled throughout the Lake Superior region to document mines, local scenery, and Native Americans. Many of these images were sold as souvenirs in the form of stereographs. Some were sold in urban markets around the country or printed as engravings in Harper’s Weekly. These businessmen and women were innovators and artists in composition, hand coloring prints and enlargements. Several won international awards. Notable amateur photographers will also be examined including John M Longyear and night time wildlife photographer George Shiras III as well as photographers from the Huron Mountain Club: Harold DuCharme, Tappan Gregory, and William Harris. The exhibit draws upon the extension collections of the MRHC and photographic historian Jack Deo of Superior View. Cameras from professional photographers and amateurs will also be on display.Exhibit Opening ReceptionWednesday, March 22, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Months of research and preparation have culminated in our new special exhibit. Join Curator Jo Wittler and tour the Exposing Photography exhibit. Free, donations appreciated. For more info call 906-226-3571 or visit marquettehistory.org