In celebration of a new educational Web site on the history of immigration on the Marquette Iron Range, the Northern Michigan University Archives will host a related all-day public symposium titled “Recorded in Stone: Voices on the Marquette Iron Range.” The event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, in Mead Auditorium in the West Science Building. There is no charge to attend.

            In the 19th and early 20th centuries, people from northern and central Europe came to the region seeking jobs in the iron ore mining industries. Scholars specializing in the history of immigration on the Range will give a series of presentations on the migration and composition related to a variety of ethnic groups—from Finns, Irish and Scandinavians to Canadians, Italians and the Anishinaabe. Immigrant labor actions and strikes will also be covered.   

            The event will also include a virtual ribbon cutting for the new educational Web site, http://voices.nmu.edu, at 12:15 p.m.

            NMU developed the Web site with a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council and in collaboration with the Peter White Public Library, the Marquette County Historical Society, the Michigan Iron Industry Museum and the Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center at NMU.

            For more information, contact Marcus Robyns, NMU archivist, at 227-1046.

Prepared By
News Director
October 10, 2008