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

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The Festival of Struggle

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.

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The Twelve Days of Christmas

We have all heard the rhyme “The Twelve Days of Christmas” set to music, but what we are not familiar with is its serious purpose when it was written. Dr. Russell Magnaghi explains its history and what the twelve parts of the song originally meant.

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The Upper Peninsula’s Ukrainian Heritage

Historian Dr. Russel Magnaghi gives an overview of Ukrainian heritage in the Upper Peninsula, and through this exploration he answers the question “did Ukrainians settle in the Upper Peninsula?”

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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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