Beaumier Lecture Series
 Thursday, February 13, 7 p.m.

“The Upper Peninsula of Wisconsin?”

Dr. Russell Magnaghi, Emeritus Professor, NMU

Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center, Seminar Room


What if the U.P. was part of Wisconsin?  It actually almost was a reality back in the early 19th century, as the Michigan Territory was moving towards Statehood and the Wisconsin Territory was being created.  Dr. Russell Magnaghi will delve deeply into this history, enlightening attendees with what actually happened.


Dr. Magnaghi joined the faculty of the Department of History at Northern Michigan University in 1969. In 1974 he began to focus on regional history and in the early 1980s began to study the Italians in the Upper Peninsula. He was appointed the University Historian (1994) and Director of the Center for Upper Peninsula Studies (1996 and 2006). He also served as the head of the Departments of History and Philosophy. He retired from NMU in 2014 after 45 years of service.

Winter Roots Festival - February 15, 2020


In celebration of our community’s love of music and winter, the second annual Winter Roots Folk Festival will be held in Marquette on Saturday, February 15. The Festival, a collaboration between local arts and culture non-profit organizations, is a day-long event featuring a host of music and dance performances and workshops held at five community venues: the Marquette Arts & Culture Center, Peter White Public Library, Hiawatha Fold, NMU Forest Roberts Theatre, and Ore Dock Brewing Company.

The Festival will kick off at 10:30am at the Marquette Arts & Culture Center and continue throughout the day, concluding with a performance by Ypsilanti-based bluegrass and Americana powerhouse Black Jake and the Carnies at Ore Dock Brewing Company from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.

A $10 Winter Roots Festival button is good for entry to all venues and events. Buttons can be purchased at the door or in advance at the Hiawatha Fold (1013 N. Third St.), Peter White Public Library (217 N. Front St.), or the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center (Gries Hall at NMU). Admission is free for youth ages 12 and under.

The Winter Roots Festival is sponsored by the following organizations:

Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center at NMU
Hiawatha Music Co-op
Peter White Public Library

Carroll Paul Memorial Trust Fund of PWPL

Friends of Peter White Public Library

City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center
Marquette Area Blues Society
Ore Dock Brewing Company


Schedule of Events:

Marquette Arts & Culture Center (217 N. Front St.)

10:30am – 12:00pm                Musical Petting Zoo with Yooptone Music

10:30am – 12:00pm                Community Guitar Art Project with Gene Bertram

Peter White Public Library (217 N. Front St.)

11:00am – 12:00pm                The Battle Cry of Freedom: Songs of the Civil War

with Jim Janofski

12:00pm – 1:00pm                  Morris Dance Workshop with Carolyn & Evan Provencher

            1:30pm – 3:00pm                    Traditional Folk Dance with All Strings Considered

            3:30pm – 5:00pm                    Finnish Folk Dance with Midsummer Strings

Hiawatha Fold (1013 N. Third St.)

1:00pm – 2:00pm                    Singer/Songwriter Workshop with Sue Demel

2:00pm – 3:00pm                    Ukulele Workshop with Jeff Krebs

3:00pm – 4:00pm                    Patriots & Protest Songs – Presentation and Sing-Along

                                                with Jim Hall & Cindy Morgan

4:00pm – 5:00pm                    Family Harmonica Workshop with Jason McInnes

NMU Forest Roberts Theatre

4:00pm – 6:00pm                    Marquette Folk Showcase featuring Waawiyeyaa,

                                                Michael Waite, Kerry Yost, Jerry Mills, Niikah Hatfield,

                                                Alexa Alagon, John Gillette & Sarah Mittlefehldt, & more

Ore Dock Brewing Company (114 W. Spring St.)

7:00pm – 9:00pm                    Black Jake and the Carnies


Beaumier Lecture Series

Monday, March 16, 7 p.m.

"Where the men are men and the women are too: stereotypes of the Yooper"

Dr. Hilary-Joy Virtanen, Assistant Professor, Finlandia University

1320 Jamrich Hall, NMU

The popular culture of the Upper Peninsula is full of stereotypes about Yoopers, both male and female. Often funny, yet sometimes inaccurate, these stereotypes can be seen on television, in movies, in music and literature. Regardless of their truth, do they portray “Yoopers” in a positive or negative light?

Dr. Hilary-Joy Virtanen is Assistant Professor of Finnish & Nordic Studies at Finlandia University. She is an ethnologist specializing in Nordic and Upper Midwestern (USA) cultural practices, including festivals, traditional arts, oral genres, music, folk dance, ethnic and national dress, and heritage language maintenance. Historical moments that interest her include 19th century national romanticism, particularly in Finland, as well as 1905-1920, a period when American workers culture developed certain hallmarks during intense labor unrest and the entrance of the United States into World War I. This historical period is reflected in the present in existent labor music and laborlore (especially songs associated with the Industrial Workers of the World) and through monuments and museums documenting industrial heritage and the lives of workers. Her research in the iron and copper mining regions of the Upper Midwest and the post-industrial city of Tampere, Finland are related through Finnish American migration and certain similar historical developments in each place.

Sonderegger Symposium

On November 1, 2019, the Center for Upper Peninsula Studies and the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center at Northern Michigan University will be presenting the 19th annual Sonderegger Symposium. The Symposium is the largest and most prestigious academic conference dedicated to the study of the Upper Peninsula and Upper Great Lakes region.

This year, the theme for the Symposium will be, “Anishinaabek: East, South, West, North.” This title is in reference to the First Nations of this region and the medicine wheel which represents not only the four directions, but many facets of traditional life.  This interdisciplinary symposium will feature presentations on many aspects of Anishinaabek life, both past and present.

This event will be held at the Northern Center and is free and open to the public. In addition, there will be a free lunch and refreshments available for all attendees.

19th Annual Sonderegger Symposium

“Anishinaabek: East, South, West, North”

November 1, 2019

Northern Center

8 a.m.                          Blessing by Vicki Dowd, Hannahville Indian Community

8:20 a.m.                     Welcome and Introductory Comments

                                    President Fritz Erickson, Northern Michigan University

8:30 – 9:10a.m.           “Nda-ozhibii’ige-mi Miijim Gikendaasowin (Documenting Food Knowledge)”

                                    Dr. Martin Reinhardt – Professor, Center for Native American Studies, NMU

9:20 – 10 a.m.             “An Ohio Valley perspective on the medical Far North.”

                                    Dr. Michael Dorn – Independent Scholar, Kansas City, MO

10:10 – 11 a.m.           "Welcome to the Resistance:  An Open Letter to Climate Activists in the Northwoods...and Beyond"

                                    Aimee Cree Dunn, Instructor, Center for Native American Studies, NMU                           

11:10 – 12 p.m.           Keynote Address, “Anishinaabe-bimaadizi: Anishinaabe views about wellness”

                                    Karen R. Diver (Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa)

                                    Native Nations Institute, University of Arizona, Former Special Assistant to President Barack Obama for Native American Affairs.

12:00 – 1 p.m.             Lunch – Music Performance by Waawiyeyaa

1:10 – 2 p.m.               Roundtable on the Native American Graves and Repatriation Act and Cultural Preservation

                                    Colleen Medicine, Director of Language & Culture, Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians; Earl Meshigaud, Sr., Director of the Culture Department of Hannahville Indian Community; Molly Meshigaud, Hannahville                  Indian Community; Cory Sagataw, Hannahville Indian Community.

2:10 – 2:50 pm.           “Intergenerational Trauma and its impacts on Anishinaabe communities”

                                    Charlee Brissette, Community Health Educator, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians

3 – 3:40 p.m.               ᒪᓂᑐ  manido spirit ᐃᑭᑐᐧᐃᓇᓐ ikidowinan words: Creating Community Friendly Anishinaabe Language Learning Materials.”

                                    Dr. Jud Sojurn, Assistant Professor, Center for Native American Studies, NMU

3:50 – 4:30 p.m.          “Heading into the Woods Near Waaswaaganing: Embodying Relational Accountability Through Anishinaabe Art Education”

                                     April Lindala, Professor, Center for Native American Studies, NMU

4:40 – 5 p.m.               Closing Remarks, “What’s in a Name”

                                    Daniel Truckey, Director, Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center


Upper Peninsula Folklife Awards

Nominations due April 12, 2019

Submit nominations here:

The nomination process for the 2019 Upper Peninsula Folklife Awards is now open and the general public is invited to be part of this process.

The Upper Peninsula Folklife Awards were created in 2009 to honor individuals and organizations that have made a difference in preserving and promoting the folk culture of the region. Since that time 12 individuals and two organizations have received the award.

Each year, we request nominations from the general public. The nominee(s) should be a person(s) or organization that you feel have made a difference in the creation and/or preservation of folk arts in the U.P., including music, dance, storytelling, crafts, food, etc. After the nomination period has ended, a committee will review nominations and make the final selections. Nominations will be accepted through April 12.

To find information on how to nominate someone or organization, please visit the Beaumier Center’s website, and click on the “Events” tab or follow this link to the online nomination form