Upper Peninsula History Conference Marks 63rd Year June 22-24, 2012
SAULT STE. MARIE–The Historical Society of Michigan’s 63rd annual Upper Peninsula History Conference will be held June 22-24, 2012 in Sault Ste. Marie. The conference is hosted and sponsored by Lake Superior State University and the Chippewa County Historical Society.
Sessions 2, 3, and 10 are by UPPAA authors – Kathryn Eckert, Sonny Longtine, and Jan Huttenstine. Kathryn is the former Michigan Preservation Officer. All three have been a source of ideas, inspiration, and historical evidence for UPPAA authors such as Tyler R. Tichelaar (My Marquette)
The three-day event will begin Friday morning with a pre-conference workshop discussing various aspects of collection development. Later in the afternoon, attendees can elect to attend one of two tours. While one will take visitors to both the Cloverland Hydroelectric Plant as well as Lake Superior State University, the second will take participants on a walking tour of the International Bridge Plaza. The evening will come to a close with an outdoor BBQ at the Cisler Center Courtyard, followed by a performance by Mike Fornes of Whispers of the North, a Gordon Lightfoot tribute band.
On Saturday, speakers will present lectures and sessions that consider various aspects of Sault Ste. Marie and Upper Peninsula history. Keynotes and sessions will cover topics such as:
- Mackinac in the War of 1812
- The Means and Methods of Crossing the St. Marys River at Sault Ste. Marie
- The Sandstone Architecture of the Lake Superior Region
- The Impact of Missionaries on Native Americans in the Upper Peninsula
- The Gorto Site Discovery
- Murders in the Upper Peninsula’s History
- Kincheloe Air Force Base
- The Unceded Status of Sugar Island
- Shallow Shipwrecks Near Whitefish Point
- The History of the Tahquamenon
- Chase S. Osborn, Michigan’s Only Governor from the Upper Peninsula