MARINETTE—The restoration of the Isaac Stephenson statue was completed Sept. 4, ending an approximately two-year-long endeavor to revive and beautify this piece of Marinette’s cultural history. Mayor Steve Genisot said the restoration was part of what he is hoping will be a more comprehensive plan to maintain various cultural objects throughout the city.“That’s part of our history and what our community was founded on,” he said. “If we don’t maintain it, it will be lost. I think now that we’ve done this restoration, there will be more focus on preserving other monuments moving forward.”
…Associate Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (UWGB) and Historic Preservation Commission Member James LaMalfa initiated the Stephenson monument restoration two years ago when he noticed the layer of green corrosion forming on the bronze statue.