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Upper Peninsula History Conference

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

Discover the unique history of the Upper Peninsula

Eric Hemenway presenting at the Local History Conference

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

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. The 2023 event weekend will take place on June 23-25, 2023, in Iron Mountain. Registration for this event will open in early 2023. 

Calling all Sponsors, Exhibitors, and Michigan Vendors!

Are you a Michigan-based entity with a passion for supporting Michigan's culture or history? Are you a Michigan business looking to reach history enthusiasts and active Michiganders? Join the Historical Society of Michigan as a conference sponsor, exhibitor, or vendor. There are many different types of partnerships available. Please email or call (800) 692-1828 to speak with a member of our team today. 

Women standing at an exhibit at a conference

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

73rd Annual Upper Peninsula History Conference

June 24-25, 2022

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.