Wednesday 16, 2009
Fifteen presentations on Upper Peninsula topics will be featured at the ninth annual Sonderegger Symposium at Northern Michigan University on Friday, Sept. 18. Presentations will run from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Mead Auditorium in the West Science Building. The public is invited to attend any or all of them free of charge. The event opens with a continental breakfast at 8 a.m. 

            Topics include the women from Ishpeming’s Gossard factory, the 107th engineers, the history of the Ford lumber camps, French farming, Finn-Swedes, storytelling traditions of the Upper Peninsula, the accordion and working class culture along Superior’s south shore and a preview of Ken Burns’ six part documentary, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.” Each presentation runs 15-30 minutes.

The Sonderegger Symposium is hosted by the Center for Upper Peninsula Studies at NMU, with financial support from the Sonderegger family.