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Great Lakes Maritime History

Program Number: 5743RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/15/2014 - 6/20/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Marquette, Michigan
Price starting at: $598.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Science & Nature Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; None; None; None    

Led by experts including a noted maritime author and historian, explore Great Lakes lighthouses and life-saving stations and learn about the brave people that manned them and their exciting adventures. Hear the stories of shipwrecks in this area and even see some of them firsthand during an excursion on a glass-bottom boat on Lake Superior. Learn about the importance of the iron industry in the region as an expert leads you through the Tilden Iron Mine and Michigan Iron Industry Museum.




Highlights

• Enjoy an expert-led exploration of the Marquette Maritime Museum, lighthouse and ore docks, and pay a visit to the Big Bay Lighthouse.
• Hear some traditional Great Lakes ghost stories inspired by the “Sweetwater Seas.”
• View the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore from the Miner's Castle Lookout and explore the Sand Point Boat House, a U.S. life-saving station with an authentic rescue boat.



Activity Particulars

Some walking over uneven surfaces during field trips.




Date Specific Information

6-15-2014

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by Northern Michigan University.




Marquette

A cultural and recreational center on the Lake Superior coast, Marquette is a college town in a spectacular location. Nearby hiking and biking trails trace miles of rugged shoreline, while at night, starry skies sparkle on the harbor.



Accommodations
On-campus residence hall, first floor rooms, private bath.
Meals and Lodgings
   West Hall, Northern Michigan University
  Marquette, MI 5 nights
 West Hall, Northern Michigan University
Type: Campus/Dorm
  Description: Accommodations are an on-campus residence hall. Double and single occupancy rooms available, all with private baths. All rooms are located on the ground floor.
  Contact info: West Kaye Avenue
Marquette, MI 49855 USA
phone: 906-227-2710
web: www.nmu.edu/housing
  Room amenities: Rooms are basic dorm style and do not have air conditioning. A fan is recommended as is a small reading lamp. Refrigerators are available for a nominal fee.
  Facility amenities: Access to university fitness center with pool available.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $30.00 Advanced registration required and subject to availability.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $30.00 Advanced registration required and subject to availability.
  Check out time: 10:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in is from 3:00 pm. to 5:00 pm. in the West Hall Lobby. You will be staying at West Hall, Northern Michigan University that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast Friday. Check out is by 10:00 am. You will be staying at West Hall, Northern Michigan University the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free, convenient parking for the length of the program.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Marquette, MI
  Nearest highway: US-41/M-28
  Nearest airport:  Sawyer International
  From End of Program
  Location: Marquette, MI
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
 
Driving Directions
  From West Take M-28 East to Marquette. Becomes M-28/US-41 at stop-sign intersection. Continue on M-28/US-41 East toward Marquette. Approaching Marquette, continue on US-41 around south city proper. At lakeshore, bear Left onto US-41/Front Street. Continue North on Front Street through downtown to Kaye Avenue. Turn Left on Kaye Avenue, travel through one stop sign and one stop light to the end of West Kaye Avenue to West Hall on NMU campus.
  From the East (downstate MI) Take I-75 or US-31 North to St. Ignace. Take the US-2 West exit toward Escanaba/Manistique, exit #344B Continue on US-2 West. Turn Right on M-117 North. Turn Left on M-28 West toward Marquette. Turn Right on M-28/US-41 to Marquette, which becomes M-28/Front Street. Travel North on Front Street through downtown to Kaye Avenue. Turn Left on Kaye Avenue, travel through one stop sign and one stop light to the end of West Kaye Avenue to West Hall on NMU campus.
  From the South (Green Bay, WI) Take US-41 to Menominee. Bear Right onto M-35 North. Continue North on M-35 to Escanaba. Proceed along M-35/US-2 through Escanaba/Gladstone. Turn Left onto US-41 North to Marquette. Becomes US-41/M-28; continue North into Marquette along lakeshore (becomes US-41/Front Street). Travel North on Front Street through downtown to Kaye Avenue. Turn Left on Kaye Avenue, travel through one stop sign and one stop light to the end of West Kaye Avenue to West Hall on NMU campus.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival and Check-in/Orientation
(Sunday, June 15)
   
 Afternoon: Check-in after 3 p.m. at West Hall followed by tour of the University Center.
 Dinner: University Center - Charcoal Room
 Evening: Orientation meeting and welcome in University Center. Review week's itinerary and participation handbook. Meet instructors, staff and fellow Road Scholar participants.
   
Accommodations: West Hall, Northern Michigan University
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Marquette Maritime Museum/Lighthouse
(Monday, June 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the Food Court.
 Morning: Overview lecture on Great Lakes maritime history. Tour Marquette Maritime Museum, lighthouse and ore docks.
 Lunch: Lumberjack Tavern, Big Bay
 Afternoon: Tour Big Bay Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast.
 Dinner: Dinner in the Food Court.
 Evening: Optional: Movie night featuring "Anatomy of a Murder", written by Marquette's own John Voelker and filmed in the area.
   
Accommodations: West Hall, Northern Michigan University
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Maritime History/Life-Saving Services
(Tuesday, June 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the Food Court.
 Morning: Lecture by local historian and maritime history expert on Great Lakes shipwrecks, lighthouses and the Edmund Fitzgerald.
 Lunch: Lunch in the Food Court.
 Afternoon: Learn about the U.S. Life-Saving Service on the Great Lakes. Optional: Tour of the DeVos Art Gallery and new Art and Design facility. Free time for non-participants.
 Dinner: Dinner in the Food Court.
 Evening: Hear ghost stories of the Great Lakes. Refreshments served.
   
Accommodations: West Hall, Northern Michigan University
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore/Great Lake Boat Excursion
(Wednesday, June 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the Food Court.
 Morning: Travel to Munising, MI to view the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore from the Miner's Castle Lookout and tour the Sand Point Boat House, a U.S. life-saving station with an authentic rescue boat.
 Lunch: Munising restaurant.
 Afternoon: Board a glass bottom boat and tour wrecks of ships that sailed the Great Lakes before the turn of the century. View preserved vessels through a glass hull as well as sights above water including Grand Island, the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and the old East Channel Light, one of the earliest established lighthouses on Lake Superior. If time permits, stop for a guided tour of Lakenland.
 Dinner: Dinner in the Food Court.
 Evening: Evening is free for exploring the area on your own. We are available to help with suggestions.
   
Accommodations: West Hall, Northern Michigan University
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Tilden Iron Mine/Ski Hall of Fame/Michigan Iron Industry/or Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum followed by the Celebration Dinner.
(Thursday, June 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the Food Court.
 Morning: Orientation, bus tour and walking tour of Tilden Iron Mine. In operation since the 1970s, it is the only iron ore processing facility in the world with the capacity to produce both hematite and magnetite iron ore pellets.
 Lunch: A tasty lunch served at the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame. Tour the facility after trying the Upper Peninsula's signature miner's lunch treat.
 Afternoon: Tour the Michigan Iron Industry Museum where hands-on exhibits, outdoor interpretive paths and a presentation depict the large-scale capital and human investment that made Michigan an industrial leader or Cliffs Shaft Mine, featuring Barnes and Hecker Mine Disaster artifacts, photographs and mining memorabilia.
 Dinner: Celebration Dinner and music.
   
Accommodations: West Hall, Northern Michigan University
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Program Concludes.
(Friday, June 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the Food Court.
 Morning: Check-out and departure by 10:00 a.m.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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