Historical Society Hosts “Searching for Marquette” Author

The Door County Historical Society will host Ruth D. Nelson, author of Searching for Marquette, as guest speaker at their monthly meeting and dinner, June 23 at 6:30 pm at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club. Nelson will present on the monuments and artwork, which retell the story of the 17th-century French Jesuit missionary-explorer, Father Jacques Marquette, who passed through Sturgeon Bay in 1674.

With images and maps, Nelson will re-trace Marquette’s steps throughout the Great Lakes and Mississippi River regions, highlighting Marquette’s encounters and friendships with regional Native American tribes along his route. Special emphasis will be on Marquette’s passage through Sturgeon Bay.

Ruth D. Nelson received her MA in Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. For her thesis research on the Marquette Building in Chicago, she received the Corning Museum of Glass Rakow Research Grant in 2005.

The Door County Historical Society is an organization of more than 350 people dedicated to keeping history alive for future generations through the collection, preservation and sharing of the heritage of Door County. For more information visit