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 surrounding the history of education and schooling. 


Name  Date Summary 
Wiliam Boda May 21, 1999 William Boda discusses teaching at Hannahville Indian School in Wilson, Michigan; faculty; curriculum; funding; school technologies; traditional Native American ceremonies; inclusion of Native American language; athletics; NMU's Center for Native American Studies; and working for the Board of Education (Orbis).
Dortha Bordeau September 10, 1979 Dorotha Bordeau recalls teaching in 1921-23 and discusses education in Chocolay Township, Michigan.  Mentions Cherry Creek School, Harvey School, Beaver Grove School, Green Garden School
Esther Dawe April 22, 1989 School teacher Esther Dawe tells the history of the Longfellow School from her time as a elementary student there and general education in Foster City, Michigan in the early 1900s. 
Mrs. John (Delcie) Frisk April 16, 1981 Mrs. John Frisk discusses teaching in Ely Township and Michigamme, Michigan country schools during 1911-1920, her qualifications and training, interaction with County Commissioner of Schools, and differences in teaching then and today.
Ragene Henry  No Date Given  A 5th grade teacher on KI Sawyer Base, Ragene Henry discusses the history books she has written. She also elaborate on her experiences being a teacher on base while it was active and inactive.  
Sandy Longhini No Date Given  A teacher on the KI Sawyer Base, Sandy Longhini describes the school structure on base as well as the developments the system has had in regard to special programs and services since the closure of the base. 
Leo Niemi  March 19, 1989 A native of Gwinn, Michigan, Leo Niemi talks about growing up during the Great Depression and attending Gwinn High School. He also discusses importance of education in the community along with ethnic tensions. 
Cecelia Loch Parrett  October 9, 1997   A county teacher, Cecelia Parrett discusses her career teaching in Stevenson Township and the small county schools there. She also briefly discusses farm life and the early days at Northern State Normal School. 
Schaefer June No Date Given June Schaefer, a NMU grad describes how NMU helped prepare her for a career in education, specifically in the ISD setting. June also describes some of the changes in education through the years and how she transitioned from being a teacher to being on administrative side of education.