MARQUETTE — We see canoes around the Upper Peninsula, but have you ever wondered how they are made?

This week, the Marquette Regional History Center is hosting Birchbark Canoe Build with the help of a grant from the Community Foundation.

Artisans, Rochelle Dale and Jan Zender will be beginning the process of building a 14–foot canoe in the gathering hall, although a canoe of that size takes about a month to build.

“A birchbark canoe really is one of the original, very original forms of transportation in the region, so it’s incredible to see that being built before your eyes. We’re really excited, this is really a nice switch for us to have something new and fresh happening” said Museum Educator, Betsy Rutz.

Seeing a canoe being built in person is a special experience and there will also be some hands–on learning opportunities for those in the community.

There will be an open house for the canoe at the Regional History Center on Wednesday, May 15, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Other times to observe are below:

  • Wednesday 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday 12 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday 10 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

More information on the canoe build experience is available here.