The Snowshoe Priest – Frederic Baraga’s Missionary Impact on Michigan

Shrine of Frederic Baraga

Bishop Frederic Baraga was the first bishop of Marquette. For 37 years he was a missionary priest among the Indians and settlers in the Upper Great Lakes. His presence shaped the region and he is revered for his defending Native American lands during treaty land acquisition.

Local Accounts of the Great Michigan Fire of 1881

Chart of the Burnt District - From the Report on the Michigan Forest Fires of 1881 - William O. Bailey

Shocking firsthand accounts of the Great Michigan Fire of 1881 from residents of Minden and Ubly. They were first published by the Minden Post soon after the fire and reprinted by many newspapers nationally. These accounts have never been published online before. Courtesy of the Minden City Herald