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Upper Peninsula History Conference

The Upper Peninsula History Conference explores the Upper Peninsula's history and celebrates the heritage of the host area, which moves to a new location every year.

Discover the unique history of the Upper Peninsula

Eric Hemenway presenting at the Local History Conference

The Upper Peninsula History Conference

From Iron Mountain to Sault Ste Marie, the Upper Peninsula is a beautiful region of Michigan filled with unique history and stories to share. Each year, the Historical Society of Michigan hosts a conference tailored only to U.P.-based history. It's a fun, casual event atmosphere with keynotes, content sessions, tours, delicious food, and more. Come see what all the excitement is about! Our 2022 conference was virtual and focused on the entire Upper Peninsula as opposed to a particular region. Stay tuned to this space for news on our 2023 event, and learn how you can still access 2022 content with a post-conference registration below!

The 73rd Annual Upper Peninsula History Conference

The conference took place virtually on June 24-25, 2022. Take a look at the content it featured below.

We hope to see you in-person next year in Iron Mountain on June 23-25, 2023!

  • Keynotes
    • Fact and Fiction: Gangsters in the U.P.
    • Call of the Isle: Wolf Restoration on Isle Royale
    • Still Missing: The Loss of the Inkermann and Cerisoles
    • Toward the Light: Death and Lighthouses
    • Beads, Rings, and Datable Things: Goose Lake Archaeology
  • Sessions, Workshops, and the Upper Peninsula History Awards
  • Virtual Exhibit Hall
  • On-Demand Videos
    • Before, During, and After the Conference
    • Video Library of U.P. History Topics
  • And Much More!
Upper Peninsula History Conference Booklet Cover

Future Conferences

74th Annual Upper Peninsula History Conference

June 23–25, 2023
Iron Mountain, MI – Kingsford High School

Recent Conferences

72nd Annual Upper Peninsula History Conference

June 25–26, 2021
Bay Mills/Brimley, MI – Virtual

71st Annual Upper Peninsula History Conference

June 19-21, 2020
Bay Mills/Brimley, MI – Cancelled

70th Annual Upper Peninsula History Conference

June 28-30, 2019
Escanaba, MI – Bay College

Michigan History and Chronicle magazine

Get the most out of Michigan's history

If you're considering attending one of our conferences, or are already an attendee, we encourage you to check out our HSM membership program. With significant discounts to all of our conferences and events, the membership is a great way to save and enjoy all of our additional history content. All HSM members receive conference discounts, free access to weekly History Hounds® live lectures and previously recorded lectures, both Michigan History and Chronicle magazines, and more. 


We'd love to help! Reach out to our HSM staff today at or by calling us at (517) 324-1828.