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 that 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 this research emphasis as a service to scholars and the region.

To contact the Center for Upper Peninsula Studies, call 906-227-2512 or fax 906-227-2229.

Support the Center

The Center for U.P. Studies has several initiatives to give our students, both at the K-12 and collegiate levels, real-world experiences. We invite you to support these initiatives. To find out more about the various giving opportunities and how you can help make a tangible difference to the quality of education in the lives of the students and teachers we serve, please contact the Center Director.

For additional information, go to NMU Foundation’s Web site at or to contact the Foundation, call or e-mail. You can also support the center with an online donation.

Dan Truckey

Interim Director

Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center

147D Gries Hall


Dan in front of the Beaumier Center

University Business Hours

University business hours are 8 a.m.–5 p.m. during the fall and winter semesters (late August through early May) and 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. during the summer (early May through late August). Northern Michigan University is located in the Eastern time zone.

Campus Location

The Center for Upper Peninsula Studies is located at 148 and 149 Gries Hall. Gries Hall is found connected to the University Center (see campus map).

Mailing Address

Center for Upper Peninsula Studies
Northern Michigan University
1401 Presque Isle Avenue
Marquette, MI 49855