Discover the unique history of the Upper Peninsula
The 74th Annual Upper Peninsula History Conference
Iron Mountain - June 23-25, 2023
Each year, the Historical Society of Michigan hosts a conference tailored only to U.P.-based history. Our 74th Annual U.P. History Conference was held in Iron Mountain and featured a fun, casual atmosphere with keynotes, content sessions, tours, delicious food, and more.
The 2023 Conference Content
From keynotes to tours, this weekend filled with history was a true treat to the history buff and historian alike. Samples of our content are below.
Hounds in History: Yooper Dogs at Work and Play
Inspired by the four-legged friends that grace the history of Michigan, this keynote provided a glimpse at dogs in the Upper Peninsula from the late 1800s onward. From sled dogs that ran postal routes to faithful family companions, this session offered anecdotes coupled with rich images.
Soiled Doves: Prostitution on the Menominee Range
Prostitution played a significant role in many mining and logging areas. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the Menominee Iron Range—with a red-light district known as “The Midway” and notorious figures such as Old Man Mudge—was no exception.
Industrial Roots: Cornish Pump & Mining Museum
We joined an experienced guide to learn about the largest U.S.-built steam-driven pumping engine, and tour the mining museum and adjacent local history museum. This tour was one of the exciting options available during our Friday conference content!
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