Michigan historical site to be revived after Enbridge gives grant

The Michigan Historical Center hopes to rebuild the Father Marquette museum in St. Ignace, almost 16 years after it burned down.fathermarquettememorial_398077_7

The center’s goal to rebuild the museum has become a reality after receiving a $20,000 grant.

The grant was awarded by the Enbridge energy company. Enbridge operates a controversial oil pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac.

Sandra Clark is the Director for the Michigan Historical Center. She says the project has made little movement since it started in 2013. But now it has traction.

“The next step is what we call a site plan, which will actually very specific about exactly what we want to build, where we want to build it, what kind of programing we want, where we are going to hold those programs, what kind of facilities and infrastructure we need for those” says Clark.

She says “there’s a very important story we want to tell there about the early Native people and Europeans, that formed a new community there. Part of what this grant is all about is getting started and thinking it through.”

Clark says they hope to have a solid plan for the museum within the next year.