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A Conversation with Dan Truckey, Director of the Beaumier UP Heritage Center

In the latest episode of the Rural Insights Podcast, David Haynes sits down with Dan Truckey, Director and Curator of the Beaumier UP Heritage Center at Northern Michigan University.

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The Jesuits Open the Upper Peninsula to the World

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.

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Looking Back: Talking to Gina Thorsen, Stormy Kromer President and Co-Owner

Occasionally we will be republishing transcripts of Rural Insights Podcast episodes we’ve done in the past. Here is a conversation we had with Gina Thorsen, President and Co-Owner of Stormy Kromer, originally published May 17, 2022. If you missed this episode when it was posted originally, you’ll want to check this out!

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Brother Versus Brother: How Two Civil War Veterans of Opposing Sides Came to Marquette

Samuel and Robert Byrne were brothers who fought on opposing sides in the American Civil War, but following the war their paths led them to Marquette, MI, where they established their families and successful careers.

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Ghosts of a Vanished Upper Peninsula Industry

Charcoal kilns are one of the most interesting treasures of rural UP history, remnants of one of its important early industries. There are two prominent restored charcoal kilns in the UP, but how many authentic kilns still exist? Dr. Thomas Straka addresses that question in his Rural Insights debut.

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