Historic sculpture walk featuring natives and settlers coming to the Michigan seaside town


MANISTEE, MI – A sculpture walk being installed near Lake Michigan in Manistee shines a light on the people who shaped the area – including the Anishnaabek of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians and European settlers.

Using steel sculptures, information plaques and an accompanying guidebook, the Origins Walk will take cultural tourists through the history of Manistee, from its tribal roots to the arrival of European settlers , through the forest and industrial eras and up to modern times. It is located at the west end of Manistee Riverwalk near the Douglas Park boat ramp.

The sculpture walk should be completed and inaugurated in mid-October. It is the centerpiece of an ongoing historic tourism project that began in 2014, known as Manistee Historic Sites Tours.

The Origins Parkway near Lake Michigan in Manistee, Michigan is under construction and is expected to be completed in mid-October. It is the culmination of eight years of work on the Manistee Historic Sites Tours project.Provided by Manistee County Visitors Bureau

“We hope it serves as a focal point for visitors, but also a sense of pride, enlightenment and community for all Manistee to enjoy and learn from,” said Sammie Lukaskiewicz, Executive Director of the Office. visitors from Manistee County.

The origins walk will include an exhibition of 20 sculptural silhouettes of the most influential people who made Manistee. Each silhouette will feature a plaque with information about that person’s life and their impact on the history of Manistee. Those represented in the march will include tribal water protectors, traders and elders, as well as community members and citizens, entrepreneurs and business leaders.

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Five sculptural elements and a corresponding colonnade with information plaques will provide details of the community’s history in terms of water, life, settlement, industry and sustainability.

Approximately 8,000 pounds of steel will be used to create the facility. The silhouettes and sculptures will be ten core steel fabricated and laser cut by Alro Steel in Grand Rapids and welded by Epic Manufacturing in Ludington. The site design and interpretive experience is attributed to the creative teams of Rightside Design Group at Manistee and Engine Creative at Ludington.

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“Manistee’s abundant history deserves a unique showcase, and the Origins Walk along with the Local History Tour Booklet are wonderful ways to educate the public and remind us of all of our community-minded ancestors who formed the area we know today,” said Mark Fedder, executive director of the Manistee County Historical Museum.

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The Manistee Historic Sites Tours project includes more than 100 sites across Manistee County that are organized into eight self-guided tours available on the Visitors Bureau website and, soon, the Origins Parkway. Fifteen of the sites are on the National Register of Historic Places and 20 are Michigan State Historic Sites. There are informational videos for 25 of the most important sites. The corresponding 148-page guide is available at the Manistee County Visitors Bureau, 310 First St., and the Manistee County Historical Museum, 425 River St., or request one online. here.

“The Manistee County Visitors Bureau calls the Origins Walk the centerpiece of the Manistee Historic Sites Tour Project, as our intent is for this project to continue to evolve and expand with new elements as we let’s look at other ways to recognize both people and contributions to the place. the story. This project is a game-changer for Manistee and for destination marketing, and we hope it will serve as a catalyst for other projects, said Lukaskiewicz.

The historic sites project, including the Promenade des Origines, is led by the Manistee County Visitors Bureau in collaboration with the Manistee County Historical Museum and the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. The Origins Walk is supported by a grant of $72,500 from the United States Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, which was awarded in 2014, and $77,500 from the Visitors’ Bureau.


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