Sonderegger Symposium Dec. 9

A full slate of presentations on the Upper Peninsula, given primarily by NMU faculty, will be featured during the fifth annual Sonderegger Symposium on Friday, Dec. 9. It is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. in the Charcoal Room of the University Center. The public is invited to attend free of charge.


The symposium was established with an endowment from Marion Sonderegger of Marquette in honor of her late husband, Richard, a former NMU history professor. It is hosted annually by the Center for Upper Peninsula Studies, directed by John Anderton (Geography).

The event will kick off with a continental breakfast, followed by opening remarks from Terry Seethoff (College of Arts and Sciences) and Anderton. The presentation schedule is as follows:

  • 9:15-9:45 a.m.:“The Gribben Forest Revisited: A Buried Forest Ten Millenia Old from the Central Upper Peninsula,” by Anderton.
  • 9:45-10:15:“Viewing the Coming of the War of 1812 from Ojibwa Country,” by William Bergmann (History).
  • 10:30-11:“Swedish Immigration to the Upper Peninsula,” by Rebecca Mead (History).
  • 11-11:30:“Danish Traditions in the Upper Peninsula,” by Howard Nicholson (History).
  • 11:30 a.m.-noon: “Czechs and Slovaks ‘Lost’ in the Upper Peninsula,” by Russell Magnaghi (History).
  • 1:30-2: “St. Paul’s Episcopal Church’s First Fifty Years,” by Chet Defonso (History).
  • 2-2:30: “Computer Literacy of Upper Peninsula High School Graduates,” by Ray Amtmann (Business).
  • 2:45-3:15: “Upper Peninsula Employment Trends from 1983 to 2000,” by Tawni Ferrarini (Economics).
  • 3:15-3:45: “Copper Ore & Class War: The U.P and the Worker’s Olympics in Chicago, 1932,” by Gabe Logan (History).
  • 3:45-4:15: “Growing Up in Marquette during the Great Depression,” by Don Curto of Marquette.


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