Thursday, June 12, 2008


Persons who've been to the UP before will wish they could attend this conference:

The 59th Annual Upper Peninsula History Conference will be held in Gwinn, Michigan June 27-29th. Come join us in this "Model Community" with intriguing ties to the mining industry, architecture in the UP, immigration, and much more! To see and/or print the conference flier please visit us at

The 2008 UP History Conference is an annual event of the Historical Society of Michigan and is being hosted by the Forsyth Township Historical Society. The conference is sponsored by the Upper Peninsula Power Company, the Gwinn Area Community Schools and the Gwinn-Sawyer Area Chamber of Commerce. Highlights of the conference include a pre-conference tour of the Gwinn area including the former Sawyer Air Force Base and its museum. An additional pre-conference tour to the CCI Tilden and Empire mines is also being offered but is nearly at capacity.

Conference Keynote speakers include Arnold Alanen discussing the Gwinn Model Community, Russell Magnaghi on Ethnic Foods of the Upper Peninsula and Tom Friggens speaking on the No Tears in Heaven: the Barnes-Hecker Mine Disaster. Breakout sessions on Saturday will feature Demetrius Charlton: Architect of the Upper Peninsula by Steve Brisson, Getting from Europe to Upper Michigan: the Immigrant Experience by Barry C. James, The Gem in the Queen's Crown: An Environmental History of Marquette's Presque Isle Park by John Anderton, Warren Manning: Landscape Design and Planning for the Upper Peninsula by Lynn Bjorkman, Corporate Paternalism and Labor-Management Relations on the Iron Ranges by Terry S. Reynolds, and My Search for Early Man in Michigan's Upper Peninsula by Jim Paquette. Mini-workshops will be included in the conference on Saturday including one on Oral History 101: Using Personal History to Preserve Community History by James Cameron and Getting Published: How to Navigate Getting Your Michigan History Book in Print by Julie Loehr and Tom Vranich.

A pre-conference session on Friday morning will be an Archival Conservation Workshop and be led by Marcus Robyns of Northern Michigan University.

The annual Upper Peninsula History Awards will be presented at a special banquet hosted by the Michigan Iron Industry Museum on Saturday evening. At that time the Charles Follo Award and Superior Award will be presented for an outstanding individual and an outstanding historical organization that has played a key role in preserving and advancing Upper Peninsula history.

Other features of the 2008 UP History Conference include an outdoor Italian dinner at Peter Nordeen Park in the center of "downtown" Gwinn, tours of the Forsyth Township Historical Museum, a walking tour of historic Gwinn and its highlights on Sunday morning, and more.

The conference motels will be the Red Fox Inn and the Model Towne Inn with special conference rates starting at $39.95 (Red Fox Inn) and $49.95 (Model Towne Inn). The Red Fox Inn features spacious rooms and was once the housing for officers at the Sawyer Air Force base. The inn offers standard rooms ($39.95) as well as one, two and three bedroom suites (available for an additional charge). The Model Towne Inn is near the village center. Both motels offer clean and reasonable accommodations typical of a modestly priced motel. Upscale accommodations are available twenty miles north in Marquette.

To make reservations call one of the numbers below. Be sure to identify yourself as attending the 2008 Upper Peninsula History Conference and ask for the special conference rate:

Red Fox Inn: (866) 369-0096 or Model Towne Inn: (888) 252-9495

For more information on the 2008 UP History Conference or to register on-line (using our secure process via PayPal) visit or call (800) 692-1828. You can also respond to this e-mail and we would be happy to mail you a copy of the conference flier.

Larry J. Wagenaar, Executive Director
The Historical Society of Michigan
1305 Abbot Rd.
East Lansing, MI 48823
Phone: (517) 324-1828

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