DNR Unveils Drafts for Father Marquette National Memorial

Almost 20 years after a fire destroyed the Father Marquette National Memorial, new draft plans have been unveiled to rebuild.

The memorial in St. Ignace was created in 1976, but in 2000 a fire destroyed the memorial’s museum and it has been closed since. 

The Department of Natural Resources revealed their new draft plans to transform the site Tuesday.

The plans include bringing a new learning center, space to add opportunities for business partnerships, and blending it with the area’s natural resources

“We’re now at the stage of the master plan for it, this is the first time any of us have seen these sketches,” said Sandra Clark, Director of Michigan History Center with the Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR is looking for the public’s feedback on the drafts.

Click here to view the site plans and give your feedback.