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.

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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.

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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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