NMU Symposium Explores UP Topics

MARQUETTE, Mich.— Presentations on a variety of topics related to the Upper Peninsula will be offered at the Sonderegger Symposium XV at Northern Michigan University on Friday, Sept. 11. The event is open to the public and free of charge. It will be hosted by the NMU Center for U.P. Studies and will take place in Mead Auditorium in the West Science Building on Northern’s campus.

A continental breakfast begins at 8 a.m., with opening remarks and welcome address from 8:45-9:10 a.m. The schedule of presenters and topics follows:

9:10-9:40 a.m. Andrea Elaine Wuorenmaa, “Shaping Memory Through Ishpeming’s Past”

9:40-10:10 a.m. Ryan Dubay, “The Closing of the Newberry State Regional Mental Hospital”

10:10-10:45 a.m. Paul Strugul, “History of Hurley, Wisconsin: Frontier Phase 1880-1920”

10:45-11 a.m. Break

11-11:30 a.m. Hilary Joy Virtanen, “An Ancient Finnish Ritual on the Shore of Lake Superior: Juhannus Midsummer Traditions in Toivola”

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Keynote Speaker Russell Magnaghi, “Brewing in the Upper Peninsula”

12:15-1:15 p.m. Lunch, Seaborg Center Room, West Science Building, Room 2609

1:15-1:45 p.m. Robert Archibald, “Environmental History of the Upper Peninsula: An Outline”

1:45-2:15 p.m. Alex Ruuska, “Whose Fault is It? The Rise and Fall of Spider Man Cave”

2:15-2:30 p.m. Break

2:30-3:30 p.m. David Smith, “A Brief History of Apple Production in the U.P.”

3:00-3:30 p.m. Heidi Stevenson, “Blue Collar Poodles: A Yooper’s Journey through Academe and an Academic’s Journey through the U.P.”

3:30-4:00 p.m. Marley Chynoweth, “The Huron Mountain Club: Existing to Benefit All”

            The symposium is supported by an endowment from Marion Sonderegger of Marquette in honor of her husband, Richard Sonderegger, former head of the NMU history department.

Prepared By
Cassidy Hinshaw
Student Writer