Highly anticipated history symposium held at NMU

MARQUETTE — Community members gathered at Northern Michigan University over the course of the day to attend a much anticipated history symposium.

A dozen presenters were the eye candy for an audience of nearly 100, all eagerly awaiting to hear about a variety of topics at the 16th annual Sonderegger Symposium. The symposium covered a wide array of topics from Copper Country Outlaw, John Saatio, to prohibition in the U.P.

Interest in the event has grown immensely over the last few years and has attracted such a large crowd that a change in a larger venue was needed.

“It was created to promote the history and the heritage of the Upper Peninsula,” said NMU History Emeritus, Russell Magnaghi. It started out rather small and it has grown year by year and it’s now become just part of life for the Upper Peninsula. Many of the people that are here today have been waiting for the day to arrive.

Managhi added that it’s nearly impossible for history lovers to come for just one presentation due to the fascinating variety of topics.