Near this site, on May 15, 1832, the Rt. Rev. Frederic Baraga, then a young Catholic missionary to the Indians, established and blessed his first church. A small building of logs and bark, it was built with the willing help of the Indians and dedicated "to the honor of God under the name and patronage of his Virginal Mother Mary." Until his death in 1868 Father Baraga labored selflessly in an area from Minnesota to Sault Ste. Marie, from Grand Rapids to Eagle Harbor. World famous as a missionary, he became upper Michigan's first Roman Catholic Bishop in 1853.
Other History nearby:
(Covington) Covington Township Historical Society
(Baraga) Hanka Homestead Museum
(Negaunee) Michigan Iron Industry Museum
(Rockland) Old Victoria
(Baraga) Shrine of the Showshoe Priest
(Ishpeming) U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame Museum
12/11 Coming to The Baraga area
Great Northern Beer Festival Eagle River WI June8 The Great Northern Beer Festival is a great opportunity to try many
different styles of beers from many different breweries.
Finnfest USA Hancock MI June19-23 FinnFest USA is a festival with strong academic, cultural, and commerce components presenting Finnish and Finnish American culture and heritage.
Ishpeming's Italian Fest Ishpeming MI July27 Visitors can once again enjoy homemade Italian food cooked by the Valela sisters (Teresa Bertucci, Catherine Carlson, Clara Joseph and Mary Jacobson). In addition, various vendors will be serving cudighis, Italian sandwiches, hot dogs, sno cones, ice cream novelties and much more.
Pig in the Pines Ribfest St. Germain WI August1-3 The 9th Annual Pig In The Pines RibFest features award winning ribs, live music every day, family attractions and an all-around good time.