About Us

Welcome to the Center for UP Studies

The Center for Upper Peninsula Studies focuses public and scholarly attention on the distinctive and rich culture of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The Center's operating principle is that the Upper Peninsula has a clearly definable culture which is both textured and complex.

The Center facilitates this public, scholarly understanding and appreciation of the Upper Peninsula’s distinctive culture through conferences, regional topic workshops, and public presentations. It serves as a clearinghouse for information and training, the sharing of business and economic data, and develops programs that support the Upper Peninsula’s heritage.  We maintain a display in the Superior Dome, house teacher lesson plans specific to the region, and produce audio and video materials for educational and public use.

Since 1996, the Center has promoted academic programs, lectures and classes. Research focuses on the Upper Peninsula’s environment, ethnic groups, economy, politics, folklore and literature. We look to continue these research emphasis as a service to scholars and the region.