Hunter Laing is the assistant research librarian at the Marquette Regional History Center. He was born in the Upper Peninsula and spent the first 10 years of his life in Northeastern Wisconsin before moving to the town of his birth, Iron Mountain. He graduated from Northern Michigan University In 2019 with a bachelor’s of science in history and a minor in sustainability. Currently he is pursuing a master’s of art in museum studies concentrating on museum collections management. His primary research focus is on Finnish Leftists in the Upper Peninsula.
For three days, on July 2-4, 1932, a “Festival of Struggle” was held in Marquette County, Michigan that featured a parade, sporting events, and more. Though not much has been written about this festival previously, the Marquette Regional History Center’s Hunter Laing gives a fascinating and detailed overview.