Modern Technology Enhances Learning

Dan Truckey

HS 105: World History students, learning about world history, aren’t just reading out of thick textbooks. In a pilot program this semester, students are connecting with experts throughout the world to enhance their lessons and make connections between history and current events. Learn more

History Comes Alive
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News and Information
truckey award Truckey Receives Dwight B. Waldo Award

The NMU history department has recognized the work of Dan Truckey, director of the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center, with the Dwight B. Waldo Award. Truckey and history department head, Chet Defonso, are pictured above. Truckey is being recognized for his work in helping establish the Beaumier Heritage Center as a valued community site for learning about history through a rich variety of programs and exhibits. The Beaumier Heritage Center also connects the past with the present by sponsoring cultural events that celebrate the unique and cherished heritage of the Upper Peninsula. See previous winners

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Uncovering the 1910 census

A project that has been worked on by two dozen NMU students over the course of 26 years has finally come to fruition. Immigrants and their Occupations as Seen in the 1910 Census of Michigan's Upper Peninsula has been released released on CD. The searchable format includes data listed by county, political subdivision, ethnic group and occupation. It can be an invaluable resource for researchers in many fields. Professor Magnaghi thanks the perseverance and dedication of the student editors.

Electric Hoists Mining History Digitized

The Central Upper Peninsula and NMU Archives has completed the  Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Company records digitization project, featuring a series of reports from the lumber, land and mining departments, historic maps and mining photographs. Project website (

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Sonderegger Symposium

This year’s Sonderegger Symposium will take place on September 12 and will include history presentations by local academics. Learn more about the program by visiting the Sonderegger Symposium website.

Outstanding graduating senior named

New Summer Course

HS295: Doing Local History will be offered during the Summer II session. It is taught by Robert Archibald, Ph.D., author of the book A Place to Remember: Using History to Build Community, and former CEO of several history museums.
The 4-credit course meets Monday through Thursday from 9:50 a.m. to noon, June 30 – August 7. It includes field trips throughout Marquette County, historical research, readings and discussions. Community members are welcome to enroll. Register at or contact NMU’s History Department for more information at 227-2512.

Academic Program Videos

Student talking about History Major

Students talk about their experiences and opportunities within the majors of History. See the Video Here

Professor Mead publishes book

Swedes in MichiganHistory Department Associate Professor Rebecca Mead has published Swedes in Michigan, an investigation of the contributions of these Scandinavian immigrants to the history and culture of our state. Learn more

Oral History Archives

Individuals interested in accessing the NMU and Regional Oral History Collection can visit NMU Archives, located on the first floor of the Learning Resource Center. History professor Russell Magnaghi and Northern’s Audio-Visual Department created the collection, which contains numerous interviews documenting the history of NMU and the central Upper Peninsula. The Northern audio collection consists of faculty, staff, alumni and student life interviews. It also contains historical interviews concerning the university and the former J.D. Pierce School. The U.P. oral history collection includes tapes of interviews pertaining to the Ishpeming Ski Hall of Fame, iron mining, local celebrations and events.