Sonderegger Symposium Explores U.P. Topics

Tuesday 5, 2017

Presentations about the history, life and culture of the Upper Peninsula will be offered at the Sonderegger Symposium XVII at Northern Michigan University. The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, in the University Center Pioneer Rooms. It is free and open to the public. 

Nine scholars will present aspects of their work. NMU's Center for U.P. Studies is hosting the event.

A continental breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by opening remarks from Robert Winn, dean of Arts and Sciences. The remaining schedule of presenters and topics follows:

9:15-9:45 a.m. Robert Archibald, NMU alumnus, “Trapped: Steel, Whiskey, Extinction and the Upper Peninsula Fur Trade”

9:45-10:15 a.m. Jack Deo, independent scholar, “The Surveying Brothertons: 140 Years of Surveying Upper Michigan”

10:15-10:30 a.m. Coffee break

10:30-11 a.m. Beth Gruber, research librarian at the Marquette Regional History Center, “Fire in Shaft #3: the Osceola Mine Fire”

11-11:30 a.m. Russ Magnaghi, NMU professor emeritus, “Michigan State Constabulary and Its Upper Peninsula Origins”

11:30-12 p.m. Robert Winn, NMU dean of Arts and Sciences, “Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center: Origin, Growth and Future”

12-1 p.m. Lunch break in the Peter White Lounge of the University Center

1-1:30 p.m. Wil Rankinen, Grand Valley State University, “Finnish and American English Pronunciations of ‘Sauna’ in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula”

1:30-2 p.m. Carolyn Person, president of Chippewa County Historical Society, “History of Dunbar, Chippewa County, Michigan: Farm to Recreation Area”

2-2:15 p.m. Coffee break

2:15-2:45 p.m. Abbey Palmer: Michigan State University’s U.P. Research and Extension Center, “Strawberries, Milk and Honey: 118 Years of Research at Michigan’s First Agricultural Experiment Station, the Chatham North Farm”

2:45-3:15 p.m. Troy Henderson, Michigan History Center and Michigan Iron Industry Museum, “Exhibiting Modern Mining”

3:15-3:20 p.m. Closing remarks

The symposium is also sponsored by financial support from the Sonderegger family.

Jill Vermeulen
Student Writer