St. Ignace in Mackinac County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Knights of Columbus Plaque
This church building, constructed in 1837, still stands because of the foresight and commitment of the St. Ignace Knights of Columbus.
Originally built on South State Street, the Old Mission Church served St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Parish for many years, and was used for numerous Native American and larger community activities.
Wishing to preserve the church building as a museum, the Knights moved it to this site on November 7, 1954, and conducted extensive repair and preservation work.
The statue of Father Jacques Marquette, carved of marble by an Italian sculptor, and mounted on a base of Drummond Island dolomite was commissioned by the Knights and dedicated in 1957.
In 1983, after the Knights had operated the museum for many years, they sold it to the city of St. Ignace, this plaque is raised by the city in gratitude to Council 2173, St. Ignace Knights of Columbus, for its dedication to preserving the Old Mission Church and the story of the life and work of Father Marquette.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkNotable Buildings.
Location. 45° 52.295′ N, 84° 43.873′ W. Marker is in St. Ignace, Michigan, in Mackinac County. Marker is at the intersection of North State Street (Business Interstate 75) and Marquette Street, on the left when traveling north on North State Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 North State Street, Saint Ignace MI 49781, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Ignace Mission (a few steps from this marker); Michilimackinac Cove (within shouting distance of this marker); Voyage of Exploration (within shouting distance of this marker); Father Marquette Park Kiosk (within shouting distance of this marker); Grave of Father Marquette (within shouting distance of this marker); The Huron Longhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); What's in the Water? (within shouting distance of this marker); Huron Indians at St. Ignace (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Ignace.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 12, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 12, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 71 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 12, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.