HOUGHTON (WWJ/AP) – People with a stake in the history of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula are preparing for a longstanding opportunity to gather and share information.

The three-day Upper Peninsula History Conference kicks off Friday in Houghton. It’s the 64th annual event.

The conference includes tours and talks about the Italian Hall in nearby Calumet. That’s where 73 people died on Christmas Eve a century ago, when a false fire alarm set off a stampede during a party for children of striking workers.

Another keynote speech examines shipwrecks surrounding the Keweenaw Peninsula. The presentation will include many photos of wreckages.

Other topics this year include “Chinese in the Copper Country and the U.P.,” “The Cliff Mines and Archaeology,” and “Houghton: The Birthplace of Professional Hockey.”

Full-conference registration is $119 for members of the Historical Society of Michigan and $149 for nonmembers.

For more details or to register, see the event flier HERE (.pdf format). 

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