Contact: Dave Guenther FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
906-475-5213 May 7, 2009
Weather Service, Marquette County Museum Share NOAA Grant
The Marquette National Weather Service office and the Marquette County History Museum have been named joint recipients of a $12,000 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Preserving America Initiative mini-Grant (PAIG) for 2009. The grant was awarded for development of an interactive display at the Marquette County History Museum.
The Marquette County History Museum has been developing the exhibit design with the assistance of the Weather Service and other partners for more than a year. Partners include the Michigan Sea Grant, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, Moosewood Nature Center and Superior Watershed Partnership.
The interactive display, called “Lake Effect: Past, Present and Future,” will illustrate the effect of Lake Superior on the daily lives of people living in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, past and present. The project will include construction of the interactive station and a model of a weather buoy, as well as creation of a menu-driven touch screen computer that will display photographs, historical records, maps, and current weather and radar information. The display will illustrate the important role the National Weather Service plays in the daily lives and local economy of Marquette County residents.
Also part of the exhibit is a Lake Superior diorama which will feature the fish and plankton from the deep waters of the lake, such as burbot and slimy sculpin, as well as shipwreck artifacts. These exhibits are part of the Marquette County History Museum’s new Spring Street facility scheduled to open the summer of 2010.
Dave Guenther, a meteorologist at NOAA’s Marquette National Weather Service office and a scientific advisor for the diorama, is the lead for this part of the project. “This project is related to NOAA’s mission to promote education and tourism in the area,” Guenther said. “The interactive display will also help visitors understand how weather data is gathered and interpreted.”
NOAA approved 11 PAIG grant awards for the current grant cycle, for a total of $100,000. Grants were awarded for $2,500 to $12,000. Now in its fifth year, the PAIG program is “designed to stimulate efforts within NOAA to preserve, protect and promote the agency’s heritage assets.” PAIG goals include putting heritage assets to use in education, research and tourism; incorporating regional cultural heritage and providing economic benefits, such as heritage tourism.
On the web:
Marquette National Weather Service http://weather.gov/mqt
Marquette County History Museum: http://www.marquettecohistory.org