MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) – July 18 was the occasion to celebrate the Great Lake on the second annual Lake Superior Day at the Marquette Maritime Museum.
Museum director Hillary Billman said about 400 people attended the free outdoor family event on Sunday near Lakeshore Boulevard, located between the museum grounds and the shores of Gitche Gumee.
It is a day celebrating the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area, and it is also an opportunity to learn how to preserve and maintain it for the future.
Thirteen booths were on hand to spread this message, including the Superior Watershed Partnership, Moosewood Nature Center, US Fish & Wildlife Service, UP Children’s Museum, Great Lakes Fishery Commission, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, UW Trout Lake station , in northern Michigan. Algiers-Marquette University and Community Action.
Many activities were offered to children to learn more about the power of Lake Superior, its ecosystem and its importance to the communities that surround it.
“Without the lake and the ability to ship large amounts of iron ore out of town, the town probably wouldn’t have been what it is today. So having Lake Superior is a vital part of what Marquette is, ”said Naomi Hendrickson, Marquette Maritime Museum volunteer.
The museum said Lake Superior Day began in Thunder Bay, Ontario, in the early 1990s.
The Maritime Marquette Museum followed with its own version in 2019.
Although last year was canceled due to the pandemic, the museum plans to host the event every year.
Workshops and lighthouse tours are on the program this summer.
For more information, visit the Marquette Maritime Museum event page HERE.
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