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.

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)


"Place Mats: Calumet, MI, and the State Capital Myth," by Emily Schmitz

by Ted Bays 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[1].pdf (382.02 kb)


"Making Something Out of Nothing," by Mary Hoefferle

by Ted Bays 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[1].pdf (943.24 kb)