NEWS: Memorial Paver project now under construction - see Paver page
Highlights for 2017 Sesquicentennial Heritage Days
Jim Cottrell and his Sears car.
Our Sesquicentennial Heritage Days opens with the East China Community Band Concert at 7:00 P.M. Friday, September 15 on the grounds of City Hall. The Michigan 15th Volunteers and the 8th Arkansas Civil War re-enactors will arrive and set up camp.
Saturday and Sunfay, September 16 and 17, events begin at 10:00 A.M. and end at 6:00 P.M. Ongoing events andactivities are: - building tours - Trottin' Trolley - displays - kids games - Cookie Shoppe - food vendor - petting zoo - vendors
At an encampment with face paint.
Saturday 1:00P.M. Musica Rara in the opera house
3:00 P.M. East China Community Band
Sunday 10:00 A.M. Hymn Sing
2:00 P.M. River Strings Dulcimer Band
4:00 P.M. Ceremony Honoring First Responders and city employees, dedication of National Register and Historic District Signs
One of many collection displays.
Something New for Heritage Days
Heritage Days is scheduled for the third weekend of September, as always, offering many of the favorite events and activities of the past. But, this year we are adding vendors to our offerings. We are seeking vendors who make and sell arts and crafts from another era. We are looking for weavers, potters, basket makers, soap makers, candle makers, leather workers, broom weavers and the like. We are especially searching for artisans and crafts people who are willing to explain their art or craft to our audience and perhaps to do demonstrations. We encourage wearing era appropriate costumes for our participants. If you are interested in being one of our vendors please see the vendor form below for more information. You will find our vendor fee for this first year to be very reasonable and space allocations to be generous. Schedule for vendors is Saturday and Sunday, 10 A.M to 6:00 P.M. We look forward to hearing from you.
In 1981 a representative of the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) came to Marine City to analyze City Hall and do research on its history. An application was then written and submitted to the United States Secretary of the Interior requesting City Hall be added to the National Register of Historic Places. That application was granted and City Hall was placed on the Register in 1982. A copy of that application and the acceptance letter are on file with city government. A few people who know some of the history of City Hall are aware of its placement on the Register and Friends of City Hall makes a point to mention this honor wherever possible. But, there has never been an effort to memorialize this special status with any kind of sign or plaque. The general public and casual visitors to City Hall do not learn of this.
In 2008 Heritage Square and City Hall became the first Historic District in Marine City. However, no effort was made to erect an Historic District sign. Historic Districts are a matter of community pride in the history and culture of its past. Having an Historic District identifies a community as aware of its heritage and mindful of preserving it. Of course Friends of City Hall makes constant mention of the Historic District but a formal, permanent sign is truly what is required. Neither the federal government or state government pay for Registry plaques or Historic District signs.
To correct these oversights Friends of City Hall has started a fund raising campaign to purchase and install a bronze plaque on City Hall which will tell of its listing on the National Registry of Historic Places. In addition, a traditional Historic District sign will be purchased and installed to face the street. Bronze was chosen for its durability and lasting beauty. Both the plaque and the free standing sign will be illuminated at night.
If you agree that City Hall and Marine City needs and deserves this recognition please make a donation to Friends of City Hall to help fund this signage. Friends is a 501 (c) 3 corporation and all donations are tax deductible. Your gift of $10, $20 or more will be a big help in completing this project.
Please send your donation to: Friends of City Hall P.O. Box 283 Marine City, MI 48039
Please write 'Plaque' on the memo line of your check.
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A generic example of Register signage.
An example of what other communities have done.
THANK YOU SO MUCH! We have been very touched by the community response to our project. Especially moving are the notes that people often include with their checks. It is clear that City Hall holds a very special place in the hearts and memories of people of Marine City and this region. Thank you for your generous gifts and your memories. It is much appreciated. Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Cullen Anchor Inn Motel Gloria Biermann Mr. and Mrs. Jim Cottrell Miriam Guyor Frances Welser Mr. and Mrs. Billock Claire DeCoster Mr. and Mrs. Tom Wegmeyer Mr. and Mrs. Bob Hill Mr. and Mrs. George Roegner H. Carole Beauchamp Janice Wiltshire Amy F. Bouren Mr. and Mrs. Steve Hoerr Mr. and Mrs. Gary Beals Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lepley Donald Kuchers Fine Arts Models
Judith White Marine City Gunsmith, Jesse White Christine Kady Georgia Phelan Nancy Molnar Marketing of America Marge Guinther Donna Tebeau
Community Pride and Heritage Museum Stephen Saph Mr. and Mrs. Ty Jobin Patrick and Amy Sullivan Michigan N otary Association Real Estate One North Bay Building Company Margaret and William Danneels
2017 Schedule of Meetings and Special Events
All meetings are held at Great Lakes Art and Antiques 123 N. Belle River Rd. immediately south of The Antique Warehouse
January 26 7:00 P.M. Annual Meeting February 23 7:00 P.M. Regular Meeting March 23 7:00 P.M. Regular Meeting April 27 7:00 P.M. Regular Meeting May 25 7:00 P.M. Regular Meeting June 22 7:00 P.M. Regular Meeting July Preparation and Mailing of 2018 Membershipp Drive details TBA July 27 7:00 P.M. Regular Meeting August 24 7:00 P.M. Regular Meeting September 9 10:00 A.M. Preparation Day at 300 Broadway for Heritage Days September 15 10:00 A.M Final set up at 300 Broadway for Heritage Days September 15 7:00 P.M. Heritage Days Opens with East China Community Band Concert September 16 10 ~ 6:00 P.M. Heritage Days September 17 10 ~ 6:00 P.M. Heritage Days September 28 7:00 P.M. Debriefing Meeting October 26 7:00 P.M. Regular Meeting October 28 3 ~ 6:00 P.M. Ghost Tours with the MCPD November Meeting will be held only if necessary December 7 7:00 P.M. Christmas meeting Please bring snacks and treats to share January 2018 7:00 P.M. Annual Meeting
To see more photos of the restoration process see the Restoration page.
South facade of City Hall with damaged bricks removed.
The Doyenne Begins to Reveal Her Secrets
Bit by bit, as the sealant is removed and the damaged brick taken away, the grand old gal is beginning to tell us fascinating snippets of her life story. The most surprising so far is what we are learning about the brick laying technology employed in her construction. Removing the outer layer of brick revealed no air gap/weeping space between the inner core of bricks and the skin. Instead, a very unique bonding method was employed. Where ever you see a row of darker, more reddish brick, it is the site of a clever technique for uniting the core to the skin, i.e. a bonding of two wythes (widths). Those darker red bricks are shaped to have a point jutting out the back. Bricks of the same course in the inner wythe are set in on a diagonal to form a v shape recieving gap. You can see a partial row of this "dog tooth" technique to the right of center in the photo. Just above you can see the end of a newly revealed iron restraining rod. This one was not decorated with an escutcheon (decorative face plate). To see more pictures of the restoration go the the Restoration page.
Friends of City Hall is a 501 (c) 3 corporation.
Friends of City Hall is an organization dedicated to preserving City Hall. "Friends" is a non-profit organization and has been granted 501 c 3 status. Anyone interested in architecture, its preservation and restoration, the history of Marine City or simply someone who loves this old building is encouraged to join.