Hospitality, Food and Spirits

Dedicated to capturing the stories and spirit of the region, one way the Center for Upper Peninsula Studies achieves this goal is recording the oral histories of the area's residents. Each interview is done in person, recorded and then transcribed for ease of use. On this page, find interviews discussing hospitality, food and spirits. 




Ray Bauer

June 23, 2014

Soo Brewing Company Sault Ste. Marie, MI. Origins and interests in brewing, home brew kits, types of beer, customer base, community drinking habits, craft beer market, growlers, Clear Chanel Broadcasting, community involvement, customer base/ clientele, Upper Peninsula micro-brew tours, history of original Soo Brewing Company circa 1906, mass beer production, and mug clubs. 

Brad Barren and Ted Bogdan  No Date Given  Faculty members of the NMU Culinary Arts program, Brad and Ted discuss the origins and details of the beloved pasty. 

Ted Bogdan

June 3, 2003

Ted Bogdan discusses his friendship with "Anatomy of a Murder" author and Ishpeming native John D. Voelker; Voelker's favorite meals; Voelker's favorite Ishpeming establishments; mushroom hunting & cultivating; fishing; seafood; spirits; and Voelker's old fashioned recipe.

Lark Ludlow

June 22, 2014

Lark Ludlow discusses how came to be own, operate, and brew their own beer at a rural tavern and some of the unique challenges this presented.

Loriann Lyons

November 30, 2004

Loriann Lyons discusses growing up in Trenary, Michigan. She describes how her father, Hans Hallinen, set up co-ops throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. She discusses her family's business, Trenary Home Bakery, and its history, its products, and its future. She relates the history of Trenary toast and its Finnish influences. 

Sean Murray  April 7, 2007 Sweetwater Cafe founder Sean Murray talks about the history and startup of the innovative restaurant in Marquette. He discusses the general operations of the cafe and the menu. 

Christine Pesola

January 23, 2012

The Landmark Inn, Marquette, Michigan. Mrs. Pesola describes process of investment in and development of, as well as the history and ownership/operation of a prominent hotel.  Discusses individual themed rooms named for prominent local figures, individuals.

Wayne Seaman April 14, 1981 Wayne Seaman is a commercial fisherman who fishes on Lake Huron out of Fairport, Michigan. Wayne describes how he got into the fishing business with the help of his dad, brother, and granddad. Wayne also explains in detail the difference between trap net fishing and gill net fishing as well as some problems he has faced with the DNR restrictions on gill nets and restrictions on when he can fish.

Scott and Sally Searle

January 13, 2015

Scott and Sally Searle were born in Detroit.  Scott moved to the Upper Peninsula in `65 and Sally came up in `76 to attend Northern Michigan University. They discuss marriage and opening a barber shop, the Lion’s Den, in Marquette.  Having to leave the profession, they purchased B.G.’s Bar and Grill and called it the Fillin Station in 1989.  They discuss their experience as new bar owners, as well as their purchase of the Red Horse Ranch in Gwinn, Michigan.  Remodeling followed for a four-story, 12,500 sq ft building including twelve rooms and seventeen bathrooms.  Property included two cabins, a ranch house, and a barn on 40 acres.  Changed the name to The Up North.  Provided snowmobile and ATV rentals, rooms, and a bar/restaurant among other services.  Destroyed by fire in 2005.  Reopened a mile up the road under same name.

They describe their bar’s contributions to the community, difficulties, regulations of running a bar.  They discuss giving back to Gwinn with charity benefits.  Motorcycle, snowmobile, motor culture.  One Percenters club, motorcycle groups.  They discuss the differences and changes in perception and crack-down of drunk driving, and importance of role of bar in community.

Ursula Stock  April 7, 2007  Proprietor of Sweetwater Cafe in Marquette, Ursula gives her back story and how she came to the UP and the history of the restaurant. 

Jason White

April 18, 2000

Fudge, Mackinac Island.  Joann’s Fudge. How to make fudge, different flavors of fudge, popular flavors, and other candies made.  Local competition between shops, business operation on the Island.