Bronze Fur Trader

French Fur Trader Bronze Statue Commissioned to be Placed in Sault Ste. Marie

Longtime supporter and friend of Lake Superior State University, Tom Robinson, has commissioned sculptor Andy Sacksteder to create life-sized bronze statues of a Native American and a French Fur Trader to be located in center of the I-75 Business Spur roundabout area in Sault Ste. Marie. They will greet visitors to our historic city, established in 1668.

“We are fortunate to live and work in a community shaped by the historical contributions and present day partnerships of our Tribal nation neighbors,” stated LSSU Interim President Dr. Lynn Gillette. “The importance of local Tribal communities is immeasurable, from the land that our University campus now resides to the economic impact of the thriving businesses of both the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and the Bay Mills Indian Community. Our partnerships with Tribal leaders and educators strengthens our academic institution and learning communities as a whole, and I am honored to continue to build upon this infrastructure–we are stronger together.”

The River of History Museum is leading this project with the assistance of the Sault Ste. Marie Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Robert P. and Ella B. Hudson Foundation.