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.
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)
Tue, March 04 2014 09:31
Some residents of Michigan's Copper Country, with restaurant place mats as their documentation, believe far-off Calumet vied with downstate towns for a new state capital site in 1847. One problem: Calumet didn't exist in 1847. Emily Schmitz debunks the notion and explains the tenacity of pride in the form of myth in boom and bust towns.
Schmitz,edited.pdf (382.02 kb)
Mon, March 03 2014 11:20
Mary Hoefferle's uncle Carl Domitrovich had an unusual hobby: He built shacks. Five of them. Well-built from scavenged material, they served as get-away sites for family and friends. Hoefferle traces their construction and places them in the north country tradition of shacks, cabins and camps. With photos.
Hoefferle.pdf (943.24 kb)
Fri, February 28 2014 07:48
In his "Introduction to Upper Country: A Journal of the Lake Superior Region," editor Ted Bays traces the emergence of the notion, and the name, of the Upper Country through the early missionaries' and explorers' writings.
Introduction.pdf (60.08 kb)