Special Programs at the Iron Industry Museum

Five young volunteers dressed in period costume pour water from barrels.

The Michigan Iron Industry Museum offers special programs all year for adults, kids and families. 

Future Historians

Kids can join the Future Historians Club at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum! The Future Historians club meets in the museum auditorium once a month to learn about Michigan history. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. and generally last about one hour. Parents are welcomed to attend.

Members can train to become living history interpreters each summer at Fort Wilkins in Copper Harbor, Fayette Townsite in Garden or the Michigan Iron Industry in Negaunee. Students must attend three training sessions to participate. Training is in May and June each year, and site interpretation takes place each July. 

2021-2022 Meeting Dates

  • September 28, 2021 - Digging a Two-Story Outhouse: Archeology at Fayette
  • October 12, 2021 - Tombstones Can Talk: A Historic Tour of Negaunee's Park Cemetery
  • November 16, 2021 - The Ones They Were Waiting For: Remembering the Barnes-Hecker Mine Tragedy
  • January 25, 2022 - The Lost Planes of Lake Huron: the Tuskegee Airmen
  • February 15, 2022 - The Harlow Diaries: Stories from the 1840s/50s
  • March 29, 2022 - Immigration and Ellis Island: Getting to the Upper Peninsula
  • April 26, 2022 - The Porkies: Michigan's Only Wilderness State Park

For more information on the Future Historians program, contact Barry James at 906-475-7857 or JamesB@Michigan.gov

2021 Tuesday Afternoon Online Programs

If you appreciate stories of Michigan's heritage, drop by our Michigan Iron Industry Museum Facebook page (no account required). You'll discover the U.P.'s intriguing history, courtesy of a variety of experts who are eager to share their knowledge and research with you. Programs begin at 2 p.m.

  • July 13: Michigan Black Bears
    Presented by Gary Willis, forester, Michigan Department of Natural Resources
  • July 20: Empire Mine Cascade Range
    Presented by Allan Koski, author, and Ali Fulsher, editor
    • in-person book signing, 1-3 p.m., July 21
  • July 27: Architecture of Northern Michigan University
    Presented by Daniel Truckey, director, Beaumier Heritage Center, Northern Michigan University
  • August 3: Kawbawgam: The Chief, The Legend, The Man
    Presented by Tyler R. Tichelaar, Ph.D., author
  • August 10: Legacies of Tragedy: Stories of the Barnes-Hecker Families
    Presented by Mary V. Tippett, founder and chair, Barnes-Hecker Remembrance Committee
  • August 17: Archaeology of Fayette's Two-Story Privy
    Presented by Pat Martin, Ph.D., research professor, Michigan Technological University
These presentations are captioned by Facebook Live.

2021 Iron Ore Heritage Trail Bike Tours

Enjoy a leisurely guided bike tour on the Iron Ore Heritage Trail! There are three dates to choose from:

  • July 23
  • August 6
  • August 13

The tour begins at 9 a.m. at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum and lasts about six hours. You'll travel approximately 15 miles as you go from the MIIM to Ishpeming and then back again. Stops along the way include the Jackson Mine and Old Town Negaunee; on the return trip, we'll take a break for lunch provided by Midtown Bakery and Café. Please note that the course includes hills and may be challenging for beginners.

Fee: $25 (includes tour, lunch and handouts) Pre-registration required. Registration deadline is the Monday before each tour date. Download the 2021 Iron Ore Heritage Trail Bike Tour registration form - PDF

Updated 11/01/2021