MARQUETTE – The Svalbard Symposium on Michigan’s role in arctic coal will be held at Northern Michigan University from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, in the Huron Room of the University Center.

            There will be coffee from 8:30-9 a.m. NMU history professor Russ Magnaghi will present "John Longyear: Marquette Capitalist" from 9-9:45 a.m. From 9:45-10:30, Michigan Technological University archivist Eric Nordberg will discuss Michigan’s role in arctic coal.

            Fred Goldberg, secretary of the Swedish Polar Society in Stockholm, will present the documentary "The Black Gold of Svalbard - A 100 Year Coalmining Adventure in the Arctic" from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Venche Horseide, vice president of Store Norske Spitsbergen Grubekompani AS in Longyearbyen, Norway, will discuss current operations at the Svea Mine from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

          There will be an hour-long lunch break, followed by a presentation on "Svalbard: International Industrial Crossroads" by Dag Avango of the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm from 1:30-2:30 p.m. From 2:30-3:30 p.m., MTU graduate students Pat Martin and Larry Mishkar will present "Svalbard: Recent Research and Potential for Industrial Archeology."

            The public is invited to attend this free event. The symposium is sponsored by NMU, MTU, the Marquette County History Museum and the MTU Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections. For more information on the symposium at NMU, contact Magnaghi at 906-227-1229 or

Prepared By
Jessica Holman