Tuesday, August 14th 12-1 p.m.
Aren’t there a million questions you have about historic buildings, legendary people, “what are those ruins” and on and on? The Marquette Regional History Center can’t guarantee you’ll get all the answers, but you’ll have fun learning more about local history. Bring your bag lunch at 12:00 pm to the History Center on a given day each month during the summer. For the month of August, we are pleased to bring you archeology enthusiast, Jim Paquette. James Robert Paquette is a true Native son of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He is a direct descendant of the noted Anishinaabe/Métis/French Riviére St. Joseph, Michilimackinac et La Baye fur-trading families of Ouaouagoukoue et Réaume/L’Archevêque/Chevallier/Marcot. Proud and ever-conscious of his traditional mixed-heritage family upbringing and lifestyle, Paquette is an enrolled status member and cultural advisor of the Voyageur Metis Muskrat Community. He is a Métis Elder and regional educator.
Widely recognized today as being one of the preeminent authorities on Upper Great Lakes archaeology, Paquette has been conducting a personal spirit quest—an ongoing archaeological field survey—since 1984 to locate, document, preserve, and most importantly, to “learn from” early First Nation cultural sites in the central U. P. His unrelenting quest to uncover the missing knowledge of his ancestors’ ancient past has lead him to make numerous significant archaeological finds in the highlands of Marquette County, most notably being the landmark discovery of the earliest evidence of human occupation in the U.P. that provided us all with the knowledge that Paleo-Indian families were already living in this northern-most region of Michigan near the end of the last Ice Age some 12,000 years ago. For more info visit www.marquettehistory.org or call 906.226.3571.