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U.P. History Conference Planned in June

The 56th Annual Upper Peninsula History Conference will meet at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie Friday, June 17, to Sunday, June 19.

A full conference schedule is planned with keynotes, breakout sessions, workshops, meals, and tours. Two conference highlights include Saturday morning keynote speaker Jimmy Hobaugh, who will explore “Rescue Attempts for the Edmund Fitzgerald .” Captain Hobaugh was captain of the Coast Guard vessel that made recovery attempts in November 1975. The luncheon keynote speaker, well known Michigan author Frederick Stonehouse, will speak on “Lost on Superior: Shipwrecks Still Missing.”

A workshop will be offered Friday morning on Historic Preservation by Ellen Thackery of the Michigan Historic Preservation Network and the National Trust on Historic Preservation. On Friday afternoon, attendees can select from one of two tours, one focusing on Soo area museums and the U.S. Coast Guard Station and the other a Soo Locks Boat Tour. The conference will formally begin with an outdoor barbecue followed by a live performance by local musicians Susan Askwith and David Stanaway.

Three breakout tracks are available following the opening keynote address on Saturday, two on U.P. history topics and a third offering mini-workshop training opportunities. The history topic sessions will focus on “Soo Locks History and the New Reality of 9/11” by Carmen Paris, “A Fort isn't Always a Fort” with Robert Money, “Sault Ste Marie: Geography Determines History” by author Bernie Arbic, and “Walking in Ashinawbek Moccasins” with Bud Biron. Mini-workshops include “Grant Writing for Local Historical Societies and Small Museums” with Hugh Culick and “Publishing Local History for Historical Societies and Museums” with Thomas Vranich.

A tour of the Valley Camp , docked in Sault Ste. Marie, will be offered along with a visit to the Tower of History.

On Saturday evening, the conference culminates in the annual Charles Follo Awards Banquet. Following the meal and award presentation, film producers Jackie Chandonnet and John Pepin will present “German POWs Working in the Upper Peninsula and the Making of the Film, “Enemy in Our Midst." A screening of the film will be offered.

On Sunday morning, the conference will conclude with a presentation on the International Bridge. The session will be in the Cisler Center at Lake Superior State University with a view of the International Bridge.

On-line registration is available at www.hsmichigan.org. Registrations may be made by phone by contacting the Historical Society of Michigan at (800) 692-1828.

The conference is being hosted in cooperation with Lake Superior State University, The Chippewa County Historical Society, and the Bay Mills -Brimley Historical Research Society. The conference is also made possible due to the support of the Roberts P. and Ella B. Hudson Foundation.

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