Our CULTURE category dives into the truly unique people and happenings of the Upper Peninsula.

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Dr. Anne C. Miller: The First Woman Doctor of the U.P.

March is Women’s History Month! The Upper Peninsula has been home to hundreds of remarkable women, many who accomplished great things without much recognition in their lifetime. One such woman was Dr. Anne C. Miller of Crystal Falls–the first woman doctor to open a practice in the U.P.

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Talking to Dirk Wierenga and Paul Sturgul About Their New Documentary “Route 2 Elsewhere”

In the latest episode of the Rural Insights Podcast, David Haynes sits down with Dirk Wierenga, director of the documentary “Route 2 Elsewhere” and his colleague Paul Sturgul who helped promote the film.

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Pearl Windsor: A Trailblazer for Women Educators in the UP

March is National Women’s History Month, and the Upper Peninsula has been home to countless exceptional women who have made a unique mark on history. Pearl Windsor of Iron River was one such woman.

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Boom and Bust: Calumet and Keweenaw National Historical Park 30 Years On

A new research publication by Rural Insights contributor Michael Broadway and NMU student researcher Joslin Brown takes a look at the Keweenaw National Historical Park in Calumet, MI in the Upper Peninsula, and the park’s impact on the Calumet area’s economic development.

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The Frostbitten Convention: How the UP Became Part of Michigan

At the event most commonly known as the “Frostbitten Convention,” the Michigan Territory officially accepted the terms that led to the Upper Peninsula becoming part of the new State of Michigan.

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