Door County Learning in Retirement

Book Presentation

Did you know that a 17th century missionary explorer passed through Sturgeon Bay almost 350 years ago? This class explores the life and journey of the 17th century French Jesuit missionary-explorer, Jacques Marquette, through his journal excerpts, maps, and images. His cultural impact on the Midwest was tremendous and is told by the monuments and works of art dedicated to his memory. We will re-trace Marquette’s steps throughout the Great Lakes and Mississippi River regions, highlighting his encounters and friendships with regional Native American tribes along his route. We will also look at factors, such as Longfellow’s “Song of Hiawatha” and Wisconsin’s contribution to the Capitol’s Statuary Hall that elevated Marquette’s status from a local explorer to a national hero by the early 20th century. Special attention is given to Marquette’s portage through Sturgeon Bay.

Monday, Feb. 22, 2021 / 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Online registration:

Phone: 920-746-4947