A new effort under way to better document the area's stained glass artworks is a worthy endeavor we hope will be successful. There is currently no comprehensive inventory of Marquette County stained glass installations.
Written information on the origin and significance of various stained glassworks, along with photographs, is being sought from the public. The information will be gathered at the Marquette Regional History Center in Marquette.
"The center will act as a repository for the information and photographs which are collected by individuals. The materials will be archived and available for researchers to use in the future," said Marquette Regional History Center Executive Director Kaye Hiebel. "The history center also has a number of stained glass pieces which have been salvaged and donated to the permanent collection. Several examples are currently on display."
A grassroots group met to discuss the idea earlier this year at the urging of David Boyd of Marquette. Boyd said his notion was spurred on by an assignment he had in a color photography class at Northern Michigan University.
"The combination of architecture, history, spirituality, and the impact of the stained glass proved to be compelling," Boyd said. "Later, it was thought that an attempt should be made to share more widely these treasures which our community has in no small measure."
Boyd said hopefully, the outcome will be products including DVDs, tourism promotion efforts and educational-appreciation programs. A phone application detailing local stained glass locations and associated historical facts was one possibility discussed.
Hiebel said this will be an ongoing project which the committee hopes will gain momentum as there is increased awareness. The History Center will feature stories and photos about the project on our website as information comes to the surface.
To submit materials to the project, photos should be in hard copy; digital images can be included as well, but a hard copy is best for the files. Send photos along with information to: Rosemary Michelin research librarian, Marquette Regional History Center, 145 W. Spring Street, Marquette, MI 49855.