Check out the upcoming program on lighthouses, lights, and Great Lakes history coming up on January 24th at 7:00 in Community Room of Peter White Public Library.  Captain Kurt Fosburg will share information/stories about the work he has done on some of the 60 light restorations. He also does cruise ship lectures on the history of the Great Lakes so that will be an additional bonus. Should be a great program! A few links you might want to check out before the program:


What is the NCLL?

The Northern Center for Lifelong Learning (NCLL) is an organization that plans and offers informal educational programs and activities to enrich the daily lives of its members and others through mini-courses, regular programs, outdoor activities and social events. Member directed, self-supporting and nonprofit, it is affiliated with Northern Michigan University and the Road Scholar (Elderhostel) Institute Network. Lifelong learning is the "ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons. Therefore, it not only enhances social inclusion, active citizenship, and personal development, but also self-sustainability, rather than competitiveness and employability." Wikipedia

When and how often are programs offered?

NCLL offers programs suggested by NCLL participants and community members who share their interest and desire to learn and stay active with others. More than twenty classes or events are offered each term in the day or evening - summer/fall, winter, and spring. For more information, see the following: Winter 2016-17 Program Booklet (revised on 10/14) Calendar, and Registration and Waiver. If you have an interest, hobby, activity or experience you would like to share please contact the NCLL office, director or attend an NCLL Curriculum Committee Meeting!


Who is eligible to join or attend programs?

Membership and programs are open to anyone interested in pursuing intellectual, recreational, and/or social activities. NCLL membership dues for the 2016-2017 year are $30 with a charge for most classes; $3 for members and $8 for non-members.   More information


What are NCLL interest groups?

Initiated and managed by NCLL members, interest groups function independently of NCLL, but we want to encourage folks to get together around particular activities they enjoy.  On-going interest groups include Astronomy, Bridge, Lunch Out Together, and Walking/XC-Skiing. Learn more



NCLL Memberships Makes Great Gifts!

It’s that time of year when the holidays are fast approaching and you may be stymied as what to get someone.  Are looking for a unique, and useful gift, yet one that is personal and will be enjoyed again and again?

For just $30 you can purchase a gift membership for friends and loved ones. NCLL offers 80-90 programs each year that cover the arts, history, culture, tours, field trips, science, nature, hiking, snowshoeing, potlucks, health issues and MORE. Send check and recipient name and contact information to the NCLL Office and an email greeting and registration information will be forwarded to the recipient. Hard copies of the Program Booklet with the registration form and calendar are also available upon request.

Give the gift of learning!


A Sampling of NCLL Programming


On December 18th, a Mining Journal article covered an NCLL Learning to Tango class, including a photo of the Soderbergs who "try out a few steps." Dancing to good health



NCLL, with Fred Huffman from North Country Tours as guide, loaded up a Checker bus and headed for Pictured Rocks Lakeshore and Grand Marais to take in the fall colors and some history as well as socialize with fellow NCLLers.  It was a full day of seeing mother nature’s creations, learning about the history of Grand Marais and exploring this picturesque village.

The Chippewa Indians lived at Grand Marais for many years before the Europeans arrived. In 1829, Grand Marais was in its peak population of 2000-3000 due to lumber camps, mills and the commercial fishing industry.  It had a hospital, lawyers, bankers, an opera house, livery stables, a cigar maker and more.  A daily train ran from Seney and connected with other lines leading all across the nation.  In 1911 the lumber companies and railroads closed and residents packed their bags and caught the train out. By 1915 there were only about 200 people left.  In the mid-1920s highways opened and the motoring tourists discovered the village and tourism is now the primary industry.

Historical Society President Pat Munger welcomed and acquainted us with the village and was our tour guide for the Lighthouse Keeper’s Museum and the Pickle Barrel House Museum. The Pickel Barrel Museum was built for Wm. Donahey, creator of the Chicago Tribune cartoon story The Teenie Weenies. Donahey spent 10 summers in the cottage with his wife, Mary, herself a noted author of children’s books.  The Teenie Weenies debuted in The Tribune in 1914 and continued until his death in 1970.  The cartoon story featured miniature people who lived in a world of life-sized objects.  This led to a contract with Reid, Murdoch and Company which packaged food products such as Monarch-brand pickles as well as other food products.  Teenie Weenie books were translated into several languages and sold worldwide.


Sable Falls, Miner’s Castle, Munising Falls are always a thrill to see and remind us of  how fortunate we are to live in this great place call the Upper Peninsula.

If you would like to know more about NCLL, the programs or becoming a member contact the office or better yet, attend a program and experience for yourself. You can download a copy of the current program booklet or contact the NCLL office to request a paper copy.

By Sally Olsen, NCLL Liaison

Photos contributed by Eric Rehorst and Lawrence Ellerbruch.

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See details in Winter Program Booklet

December 2016


209: Intermediate Photography
January 25, February 22    11-1 pm
NMU Cohodas Hall 414A


216: Game Night at Redeemer (2 evenings)
Fridays,  January 20, February 17   6-8 pm
1700 W. Fair Redeemer Lutheran Church


220: Snowshoe Harlow Lake
Tuesday, January 17     1:30-4:30 pm
Meet at Berry Events Parking Lot East at 1:30


221: Basic Quilting: It’s Fun!
Thursday, January 19    1:30-3:30 pm
Arts & Culture Center PWPL


222: Woodworker Rally III
Mondays from 8 am – Noon
Session 3: January 23 – February 27
NMU Jacobetti Center, Room 137


223: A Lampist, Lights, Lighthouses and Great Lakes History
Tuesday, January 24     7-8:45 pm
Community Room PWPL

Captain Kurt Fosburg will share information/stories about the work he has done on some of the 60 light restorations. Read more...


224: Gateway to Eastern Europe – Ever Changing
Tuesday, January 31     7-9 pm
NMU Superior Dome Room 101B


Closed Classes

217: Michigan’s U.P. Magnificent Mansions & Country Cottages, Part 2

218: Beaumier Heritage Center Tour and Lunch at the Wildcat Den