Upper Peninsula History Conference

The 2021 Upper Peninsula History Conference will be held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The conference, which was originally scheduled to be held in Bay Mills/Brimley, Michigan, will be virtual June 25-26, 2021. 

When the pandemic started nearly a year ago we had all expected that in 2021 we would be able to have in-person conferences again. Unfortunately, that has not proven to be the case as it is still not safe to gather people together in large groups in enclosed spaces.  Last fall we had to made the difficult decision to move the March 2021 Michigan in Perspective: Local History Conference from in-person to a virtual event.  With the pandemic still raging, new virus variants taking hold, and many months before we reach adequate levels of vaccinations, we have made the difficult decision to make all of our 2021 conferences virtual, including the Upper Peninsula History Conference.

We know many of you will be disappointed by this decision. We have asked all of the speakers to consider returning in 2021 so that we can offer the same wonderful content that was already planned for the canceled 2020 program. We are very sorry we have had to make this extremely difficult decision and appreciate your understanding. We wish you all good health, and we thank you for your continued support of the Historical Society of Michigan!

The 72nd annual Upper Peninsula History Conference will be held virtually on June 25-26, 2021. 


This conference moves to a different location in the Upper Peninsula each year to also explore that area’s heritage. In addition, the annual Upper Peninsula History Awards are presented at this conference.

Learn more about the Upper Peninsula History Awards.

The Upper Peninsula History Conference offers…

  • 3 Keynotes
  • 12-plus breakout sessions that address local and other U.P. history
  • U.P. History Awards Banquet
  • Tours galore!
  • Educational workshops and special programs
  • Exhibitors/vendors for attendees to visit
  • Lots of great local food
  • Three days of “meet and greets”
  • And much more!

Come see what all the excitement is about!

Download the last brochure for a sample of what’s offered.

Future Conferences

73rd Annual Upper Peninsula History Conference
June 24-26, 2022
Iron Mountain, Michigan

74th Annual Upper Peninsula History Conference
June 23-25, 2023
Ontonagon, Michigan


Historical Society of Michigan 7435 Westshire Dr., Lansing MI 48917
Email hsm@hsmichigan.org | Phone (517) 324-1828 | Fax (517) 324-4370

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