On July 30, 2016 the museum will host a community wide party celebrating the red Harbor Light’s 150th birthday. Since the light was the first lighthouse on the Great Lakes electrified the Marquette Board of Light and Power is partnering with the museum to make the festivity a great success. Incidentally it was the BLP that provided the power back in 1928!
As part of the celebration the Mayor of Marquette will officially sign the deed transferring not only the lighthouse but all of the old Coast Guard Station property, approximately 7 acres, to the City.
The party will run from 1pm to 4pm complete with hot dogs, pop, music, lighthouse tours, a special raffle and lots of unique Marquette at 150 memorabilia to auction. Folksinger Carl Behrend from Munising will provide musical entertainment.
Additional exhibits include the Marquette Fire Department and the National Weather Service (NOAA), both focusing on water safety.
As a special treat, Coast Guard Station Marquette will also be open for public tours.
To make this event all the more extraordinary, we are proud to announce the Marquette Harbor Lighthouse 150th Anniversary Commemorative Limited Edition Artwork. “Lights of Marquette” photographed by Shawn Malone of Lake Superior Photo and commissioned by Marquette Maritime Museum. This stunning night sky photograph depicts the strong aurora display of St. Patrick’s Day 2015 over the shining beacon of the Marquette Harbor Lighthouse. Shawn will be showing and selling this remarkable artwork at the celebration. A major portion of each sale will go towards lighthouse restoration.
Schedule of events
1 pm party starts
2 pm official signing ceremony complete with special lighthouse cake cuttin
3 pm Raffle/Auction
4 pm Lyle gun firing
Join us on the grounds of the lighthouse for the party! There is no charge. It is a pure celebration of the icon of Marquette.
Contact the museum for additional information.
Special Thanks to the Sponsors for the 150th Birthday Celebration
Marquette Board of Light and Power