Russell Magnaghi was born in San Francisco in the middle of World War II, but has lived in Michigan's Upper Peninsula since 1969. Magnaghi received his education at the University of San Francisco (BA 1965) and at St. Louis University (Ph.D. 1970). Magnaghi has had a 45-year teaching career at Northern Michigan University and also served as director of the Center for Upper Peninsula Studies. He has written many journal and newspaper articles and books and has given talks on local heritage and regional history.
Dr. Russell Magnaghi gives a fascinating overview of the history of Marquette’s early hospitals and how Marquette General Hospital came to be.
John Voelker–aka Robert Traver–was the best-known author of the twentieth-century Upper Peninsula, with Anatomy of a Murder being his best-known work. In this article, Dr. Russell Magnaghi delves into how John Voelker presented food and drink in his works and concludes with a look at Voelker’s legendary food habits.
Historian and author Russell Magnaghi gives a fascinating overview of how the Jesuits explored the Upper Peninsula area in the 17th and 18th centuries and their great contributions to expanding the knowledge of the region’s environment and people.