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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

2023 UP History Conference Booklet

75th Annual Upper Peninsula History Conference
Sault Ste Marie - June 21-23, 2024

Each year, the Historical Society of Michigan hosts a conference tailored only to U.P.-based history. In 2023, 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. 

Stay tuned to this page for information on our 2024 event in Sault Ste Marie.

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.

2023 UPHC Keynote

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.

2023 Upper Peninsula History Conference Session Highlight

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.

2023 UPHC Tour

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!

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 click on the Become an Exhibitor link below or call (800) 692-1828 to speak with a member of our team today. 

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Future Conferences

75th Annual Upper Peninsula History Conference

June 21-23, 2024
Sault Ste Marie, MI – Lake Superior State University

Recent Conferences

74th Annual Upper Peninsula History Conference

June 23-25, 2023
Iron Mountain/Kingsford, MI - Kingsford High School


73rd Annual Upper Peninsula History Conference

June 24-25, 2022
Virtual
Program


72nd Annual Upper Peninsula History Conference

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


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
Program

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. 

Questions? 

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