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      Marquette Regional History Center gears up for bus tours

      The Marquette Regional History Center is getting ready to take visitors to the historic sites of Marquette with their annual bus tours.

      The 90-minute narrated tours bring the rich history of the area to life with the help of volunteers in full costume from the museum. Sites in the historic Ridge District, Lower Harbor, the hospital and Northern Michigan University tell the stories of Marquette's past.

      "People just have so much fun learning about the town and little tidbits about Marquette history that they never knew before, about buildings and the waterfront," says Marquette Regional History Center educator Betsy Rutz. "So you learn all kinds of interesting little facts about things that you might not have known before, and it's just a really fun thing to do with friends and family visiting."

      The tour cost is $15, and museum staff recommends purchasing in advance, as they often sell out.

      The first tour is set for July 9 at 1 p.m. For the full list of tour dates, check out the Marquette Regional History Center's website .