2014-06-12 / Front Page

History event set for June 20

Weekend-long event focuses on local area

MANISTIQUE – The deadline for registering for the 65th annual Upper Peninsula History Conference is Friday, and residents are being encouraged to participate in the unique event. In addition, a discount for Schoolcraft County residents is being offered, as the county is hosting the event.

The history conference kicks off June 20 at 9 a.m., with a pre-conference workshop addressing aging photographs and how to identify, scan, restore, and archive them. Then, from 12-4 p.m., registration for the conference will take place at the Peninsula Pointe Hotel Lobby. Concurrent pre-conference tours will take place from 1-4 p.m. at the Fayette Historic Town Site; Palms Book State Park, the Thompson Fish Hatchery, the Thompson Harbor, and the Bishop Baraga mission chapel; and, finally, the Seul Choix Point Lighthouse Park.

At 6 p.m. on Friday, an outdoor barbecue will take place at the Indian Lake State Park, followed by entertainment at 7 p.m.

Registration for Saturday’s conference events will take place from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the Manistique Middle and High School. At 9 a.m., David Vaughan and Rick Stram will present an opening keynote speech addressing the Carl D. Bradley shipwreck, located 23 miles off the shore of Manistique.

Concurrent breakout sessions will begin at 11 a.m. and include: the history of Port Inland Lime and Stone; the history of Manistique Papers, Inc.; the discovery of a mid-17th Century protohistoric campsite in the Upper Peninsula; the history of the Seul Choix Point Lighthouse; Lake Michigan lighthouses; and a mini-workshop on creating living history characters – outreach for local history organizations.

After a refreshment break, more concurrent sessions take place from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., including: characters of the Manistique area; celebrating agricultural and rural history: barns of the Upper Peninsula; the incorrigible conscientious objectors of WWII; Civilian Conservation Corps camps in the Upper Peninsula; and a mini-workshop on the essential communication and marketing skills for small museums and history organizations.

From 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. conference attendees will be treated to a luncheon and second keynote, this time by Rochelle Pennington addressing Lake Michigan’s Christmas Tree Ship.

Reports from U.P. historical organizations will be given from 2:30 – 3 p.m., and more concurrent breakout sessions take place from 3 – 4 p.m. These sessions include: Big Spring, Indian Lake and Bishop Baraga; the ice breaker “Mackinaw”; and the William L. Bakewell of the Shackleton Expedition, the Antarctic, the Upper Peninsula; and ethnic groups in Manistique and the Eastern Upper Peninsula.

An open house will take place from 4 – 5:30 p.m., and the night concludes at 7 p.m. with an awards banquet and closing keynote by Marilyn S. Fisher regarding the paranormal in Schoolcraft County.

The conference wraps up Sunday with a 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. walking tour around the historic downtown Manistique.

For more information on the conference or to register, visit www.hsmichigan.org. Schoolcraft County residents receive a $30 discount off a full conference registration or a $20 discount off Saturday-only registration.

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