MARQUETTE – Ten presentations on the Upper Peninsula will be featured during the Sonderegger Symposium V at Northern Michigan University. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, in the Charcoal Room of the University Center. The public is invited to attend free of charge.

            The symposium will open with a continental breakfast and registration. Opening remarks will be delivered by Terry Seethoff, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at NMU, and John Anderton, associate geography professor and director of the Center for Upper Peninsula Studies. 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 John Anderton.
  • 9:45-10:15 a.m., “Viewing the Coming of the War of 1812 from Ojibwa Country,” by William Bergmann, NMU history professor.
  • 10:30-11 a.m., “Swedish Immigration to the Upper Peninsula,” by Rebecca Mead, NMU history professor.
  • 11-11:30 a.m., “Danish Traditions in the Upper Peninsula,” by Howard Nicholson, NMU history professor.
  • 11:30 a.m.-noon, “Czechs and Slovaks ‘Lost’ in the Upper Peninsula,” by Russell Magnaghi, NMU historian.
  • 1:30-2 p.m., “St. Paul’s Episcopal Church’s First Fifty Years,” by Chet Defonso, NMU history professor.
  • 2-2:30 p.m., “Computer Literacy of Upper Peninsula High School Graduates,” by Ray Amtmann, NMU business instructor.
  • 2:45-3:15 p.m., “Upper Peninsula Employment Trends from 1983 to 2000,” by Tawni Ferrarini, NMU economics professor.
  • 3:15-3:45 p.m., “Copper Ore & Class War: The UP and the Worker’s Olympics in Chicago, 1932,” by Gabe Logan, NMU history instructor.
  • 3:45-4:15 p.m., “Growing Up in Marquette during the Great Depression,” by Don Curto of Marquette.

            The Sonderegger Symposium is hosted annually by the Center for Upper Peninsula Studies at NMU. It was established with an endowment from Marion Sonderegger of Marquette.

Prepared By
Becky Kratz