Welcome to Upper Country, a journal of the Lake Superior region. This site has been developed to support and promote the journal, Upper Country, published by the Center for Upper Peninsula Studies at Northern Michigan University. Here are some links to the work of the Center:

The Upper Country Journal can be found here in several PDF files in the posts by Ted Bays.

Upper Country, Vol. 1, 2013, entire

by Ted Bays Wed, March 19 2014 06:52

The entire journal, Upper Country, from front cover to back cover.

UCfinal.pdf (3.63 mb)


CONTENTS of Upper Country

by Ted Bays Wed, March 12 2014 07:07


back cover

by Ted Bays Tue, March 11 2014 10:06

Excerpts from articles; NASA Landsat photo of the Lake Superior Region with labels showing the sites of events documented in the articles.

backcover2.pdf (304.32 kb)


Big Finn Hall, Thunder Bay, Ontario

by Ted Bays Fri, March 07 2014 15:53

The Big Finn Hall in Thunder Bay recently received National Historic Site status.  The photos here, from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay and from Parks Canada in Ottawa, include captions detailing two tendencies--Temperance and Socialist--of one of the Upper Country's most industrious ethnic groups.  Church Finn or Red Finn, their vigor pioneered the mines, the lumbercamps, the farms, the churches and the collectives.


"The Upper Country in the War of 1812: A Chronology," compiled by Russell Magnaghi and Ted Bays

by Ted Bays Wed, March 05 2014 08:03

Several episodes of armed conflict in the War of 1812 took place across the Upper Country, especially at Mackinac Island and Sault Ste. Marie.  This chronology lists all of them, and includes events leading to the U. S. declaration of war.  It also lists details of the treaty that ended the war and set the new U.S.-Canada boundary--the longest peaceful international boundary in the world. 

Chron.pdf (451.86 kb)