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Special Programs at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum

The Michigan Iron Industry Museum offers special programs all year for adults, kids and families. Some programs/events may have a fee but admission to the museum is free. A Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry to the grounds.

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 Historic Townsite in Garden or the Michigan Iron Industry Museum 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.

For more information on the Future Historians program, contact Barry James at 906-475-7857 or

2023 Tuesday Afternoon Programs

If you appreciate stories of Michigan's heritage, drop by the museum on select Tuesday afternoons in the summer. 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 11: Ukrainians in the Upper Peninsula
    Presented by Russell Magnaghi, Ph.D., Northern Michigan University
  • July 18: The Irontown Documentary Screening and Q&A
    Presented by Dan Korhonen and John Scheibe, independent filmmakers
  • July 25: Company Centered Culture: Paternalism on the Marquette Iron Range
    Presented by Alexandria A. Penn, Ph.D. candidate, Wayne State University
  • August 1: Saving Our Theater Documentary Screening and Q&A
    Presented by Dan Korhonen, independent filmmaker
  • August 8: Linked to Legends: The U.P. Teams that Played the Packers Documentary Screening and Q&A
    Presented by Dwight Brady, Ph.D., Northern Michigan University
  • August 15: Women of the Watch: Keepers of the Light
    Presented by Anna Marck, playwright and performer

Updated 06/20/2023