‘Ahead of their Time’ fundraiser planned

by Tiina Harris

mrhcThe Marquette County History Museum will present “Ahead of Their Time,” a live history performance exploring inspirational individuals, who touched Marquette, including Will Adams, Amelia Earhart, Cecil Grylls, Anita Meyland and Robert Clark. Through monologue, these writers, adventurers, painters and poets will share their ambitions, struggles, accomplishments and creative processes.
Upper Michigan has a long history of innovative and creative individuals, making it extremely difficult when choosing historic figures to highlight in our summer walking tours.
The inspiration for “Ahead of Their Time” came from local actors Monica Nordeen and Ian DeBacker. Each has an interest in bringing historic figures to life through theater.
Nordeen has always been drawn to Amelia Earhart and wanted to write a one woman show about her. Upon discovering that Earhart had actually visited Marquette Nordeen was a perfect choice for museum’s walking tour.
Through her research, Nordeen believes that Amelia Earhart followed her bliss.
“Amelia encouraged others to be true to themselves because your passion for something is reason enough to pursue it,” Nordeen said.
Passion is something all of the individuals represented in the upcoming programs share. All were free thinkers, inspiring others to stretch their imaginations of what’s possible regardless of monetary gain.
There are two opportunities to see “Ahead of Their Time.” The walking tour visits places these individuals have lived or visited at 2:00 p.m. on August 13. There also will be a brown bag lunch performance at the Marquette Commons at noon on August 14. A donation of $5 is suggested.
For details, call 226-3571 or visit www.marquettecohistory.org
—Tiina Harris

Early-bird winners plan to give back

Debbie and David Kohl of Tamarac (Florida), were the early-bird winners of the Marquette County History Museum’s fundraising raffle.
The Kohls were visiting the Marquette area; Debbie was doing some geneaology research at Peter White Public Library when she visited the museum and purchased a ticket from a museum volunteer. Debbie is the great, great granddaughter of Lars and Caroline Peterson Hoglund, who homesteaded in Carlshend in 1884.
The couple plans to donate half of their winnings back to the museum.

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