The Beaumier Center is will use the funds to create the exhibit; “Soldier Stories: the U.P. in WWI,” which will be on display February 1 – June 15, 2017. The Center is working with historical societies and families in the Upper Peninsula to collect the stories of individual soldiers, including their personal histories and experiences in the conflict. One part of the exhibit will focus on the formation of the American Legion and the individual posts that were formed in the Upper Peninsula. most of which were named after a soldier from the community who was lost or gained distinction in the conflict. The exhibit will also feature U.P. soldiers who served in the Northern Russia Expeditionary Force during the conflict. This little known and poorly understood part of WWI impacted several dozen soldiers from the U.P. In 1918, as a response to a cease fire between Germany and Russia, there was an alliance of British, French, Canadian and U.S. troops who were sent to Northern Russia and Siberia to fight against the newly formed Bolshevik government troops. Nearly 100 men from the U.P. served in the “Polar Bears” (the nickname for these units) some of whom were highly decorated and some who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
The exhibit, World War I Remembered: How Marquette County Served will run from January 16- June 10 at the Marquette Regional History Center. The exhibit will examine why the Great War is the most significant event of the 20th century and how it continues to shape our world one hundred years later. Visitors will learn of the events leading up to the war, as well as the legacy left in its wake, explore the impact of the 32nd Division, whom the French named Les Terribles, read first-hand accounts of soldiers and sailors from Marquette County and discover the role of the local Red Cross and life on the homefront during the war.
WWI films at the Peter White Public Library All films to be showing in the Community Room Admission is Free
January 16 at 6:30 p.m. – Grand Illusion (1937) Directed by Jean Renoir.
February 2 at 12:30p.m. – Testament of Youth (2014) Directed by James Kent.
February 13 at 6:30 p.m. – A Very Long Engagement (2004) Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
March 13 at 6:30 p.m. – Gallipoli (1981) Directed by Peter Weir.
April 10 at 6:30p.m. – Legends of the Fall (1994) Directed by Edward Zwick.
April 20 at 6:30 p.m. – War Horse (2011) Directed by Steven Spielberg.
May 8 at 6:30 p..m. – Paths of Glory (1957) Directed by Stanley Kubrick.
May 11 at 6:00 p.m. – The Wiper Times (2013) Directed by Any De Emmony.
May 16 at 6 p.m. – Sergeant York (1941) Directed by Howard Hawks.
Grand Opening of WWI exhibitions Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center and the Marquette Regional History Center February 1, 2017 – 7 p.m. Admission is Free
“The Great War” presented by Military Historian John Moschetti On February 22, 6:30 at MRHC. The outcomes of The Great War set the stage for the rise of the communist and fascist dictators, World War II, The Cold War and the current chaos in the Middle East and Balkans. It also had a major impact on the members of this community as it was the first time large numbers of young men would leave this area to take part in a war. Attendees will have a better understanding of the war, its legacy and impact on the community and the world.
WWI Symposium Lectures and papers delivered on the history of WWI and its connection to the Upper Peninsula. April 6 Mead Auditorium, Northern Michigan University Time: TBA
“World War I Remembered” A special ceremony honoring scouting in the Upper Peninsula. May 13 at Sugar Loaf Mountain. 9a.m. to 5p.m., special activities along the trail 1 p.m. – Ceremony at the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain The event celebrates Troop 1 of Marquette, which was founded by Perry Hatch in 1910. Several members of that Troop fought in the first World War I and one, Bart King, did not return from the war. This obelisk at the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain was erected in his honor by members of Troop 1 in 1921.
Downtown Abbey Dance with music from WWI era Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 7:00-9:00pm. Peter White Public Library, Community Room The Westerly Winds Big Band will be performing music of the World War eras. Décor will be in a Downtown Abbey theme and attendees are encouraged to dress in their favorite Downtown decade style. Refreshments will be served and there is no admission charge. Downtown Abbey is the popular Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winning British-American television series created by Julian Fellowes that aired for on PBS' Masterpiece series from 2011-2015. Set in the fictional Yorkshire country estate of Downtown Abbey between 1912 and 1925, the series follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their domestic servants in the post-Edwardian era