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U.P. History Spotlight at Michigan Iron Industry Museum Summer Series

From ghost towns to World War II to the origins of the Michigan State Police, Upper Peninsula history is in the spotlight once again this summer at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee. The museum’s annual Tuesday Afternoon Program Series features authors, scholars and historians offering in-depth presentations that highlight the rich and varied history of the U.P. The weekly series begins Tuesday, July 11, at 2 p.m. Admission is free.

“There are many people researching, documenting and writing stories about the Upper Peninsula,” said museum historian Troy Henderson. “There are even more people – from tourists to longtime residents and others – who are hungry to learn about our U.P. heritage and its role in Michigan history.

“The museum’s program series has become a much-anticipated venue for sharing and learning about these interesting stories.”

This year’s Tuesday Afternoon Program Series features:

  • July 11, “Ghost Towns in the Upper Peninsula” by Daniel Truckey
  • July 18, “Magnificent Mansions and Courtly Cottages in the Upper Peninsula” by Sonny Longtine
  • July 25, “Wolf’s Mouth: Upper Peninsula P.O.W. Research Behind the Novel” by John Smolens
  • Aug. 1, “Lake Superior is Truly Superior” by Dr. James Surrell
  • Aug. 8, “Eight Tons a Day: The Soft Ore Mines of the Negaunee District” by Allan Koski
  • Aug. 15, “The Labor Sport Union in the Upper Peninsula” by Dr. Gabe Logan
  • Aug. 22, “Origins of the Michigan State Police in the Upper Peninsula” by Dr. Russell Magnaghi

The complete schedule also is available on the Michigan Iron Industry Museum’s Tuesday Afternoon Program Series webpage.

The Michigan Iron Industry Museum is a nationally accredited museum located at 73 Forge Road in Negaunee, eight miles west of Marquette; enter off of U.S. 41. For more information, call 906-475-7857 or visit

The Michigan History Center is part of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Its museum and archival programs foster curiosity, enjoyment, and inspiration rooted in Michigan’s stories. It includes the Michigan History Museum, 10 regional museums, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve, and the Archives of Michigan.  Learn more at

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