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Since we plan to eventually add some non-Yooper “Historic Highway” material to this website, here are a few great links to get started in that direction, the first three courtesy of an unrelenting Route 66 advocate based in St. Louis, Carolyn Hasenfratz:

John’s Modern Cabins News
This site’s self-described mission is to provide “A Chronicle of Historic Preservation Efforts on Route 66, The Main Street of America.” Check it out and see if you don't agree!

The Route 66 Association of Missouri   (and companion blog)
Here you’ll find everything you need to know before winding your own way on Old 66 through the Show Me State.

Sell 66 Stuff  
A real 4-laner with regards to businesses & events along contemporary, Historic US 66.

Bygone Byways  
Jeff Jensen’s detailed enthusiasm for the ‘forgotten,’ All-American highway—particularly Old US 80—speaks for us all.

We highly recommend the following sites for information about the Lake Superior region that complements our books, music, and video:

Ancient Superior

Ancient Artifact Preservation Society (A.A.P.S.)
Based in the Marquette area, this group strives to preserve all archeological artifacts, and hosts international conferences every fall in support of their efforts.

Jewell Histories
This site by Roger and Mary Jewell highlights the historically motivated work of the two, including the Ancient Mines of Kitchi-Gummi.

Superior Immigrants

Cousin Jack
Our cool, Celtic, Cornish cousins bestowed upon us a U.P. delicacy, the pasty; in return, here's a nice site that they (and others) will find interesting.

Finnish Nationality Classroom
Two links to news about ongoing plans to add a Finnish Classroom to the Nationality Rooms in the University of Pittsburgh’s landmark Cathedral of Learning.

Finn Street
A site devoted to Finnish-American culture straight from its Heartland.

The Genealogical Society of Finland
This site holds many resources pertaining to immigrant migration and settlement patterns in the Western Great Lakes region. For the Genealogical Society's links to pertinent books &articles, click here.

Karelian Fever
The tragic story of Karelian Fever, still unfolding, is well-summarized at this site. For still more on the subject, see The Survivors: North American Finns in Stalin’s Russia, in our video section.

A site providing many interesting perspectives in border relations within the historic lands of Kalevala.

Superior Music and Performance

Aura Jamboree and Old Time Dance
The U.P.s longest running music festival, the well-regarded Aura Jamboree, is held annually east of Huron Bay, Lake Superior; if you go there and find the popular Lila Lehto (my second cousin, a usual performer), say hi for me, please!

Big Top Chautauqua
Big Top Chautauqua, the weekly Tent Show Radio performance that it hosts, and the gigs M.C., Warren Nelson, are (IMHO) still three of Lake Superiors best-kept secrets.

Calumet Theatre
Dig the impressive set of gigs at the U.P.s most historic venue.

Conga Se Menne: a Finnish twist to reggae, rock, blues, Latin, funk, Caribbean
Check out the world-class band from Marquette, Michigan—truly as light-hearted and entertaining as advertised!

Finn Hall Band
This Minneapolis-based five piece band specializes in the Finn Hall music of yesteryear, starring Rockin’ Ralph Tuttila, formerly of Ishpeming, Michigan.

Jorma Kaukonen
Jorma Kaukonen, a founding member of Jeffferson Airplane who also starred in FinnFest 2005, has paternal Yooper roots as well as a musical retreat that’s Far Out in the hills near Athens, Ohio.

This highly charged band (The Millers) from Russian Karelia has made numerious appearances across the U.P., including the famed Calumet Theatre.

Other Superior Artisans

Momentum Books and Italian Hall Blog
Information about Death’s Door: The Truth Behind Michigan’s Largest Mass Murder, attorney and author Steve Lehtos investigation into the Italian Hall Tragedy, published in November 2006 and named a Michigan Notable Book for 2007.
(note: Steve has started an Italian Hall facebook page as a “clearinghouse” of information & events related to the 100th anniversary in December 2013)

1913 Massacre
The full story of an exciting work-in-progress, a new and creative look at the infamous “Italian Hall Disaster” through a video documentary by Louis Galdieri and Ken Ross.

Sweetwater Visions
The Mahans’ site dedicated to the Great Lakes ecosystem and featuring the must-read Lake Superior: Story and Spirit.

Views of the Past
Jack Deo of Marquette has got a slew of U.P. pix worth checking out.

Superior News

The Finnish American Reporter
All the news and features related to Finnish-Americans that's fit to print, from the College Formerly Known as Suomi.

Minnesota Finnish Pages
Information about Finnish organizations and events in Minnesota.

New World Finn
Kantele craftsman Gerry Henkel of Duluth spearheads a progressive, informed, and thus highly recommended periodical.

Superior Outdoors

Lake Superior State University Aquatic Research Laboratory
Atlantic Salmon have finally taken hold in the Upper Great Lakes, courtesy of the efforts at Sault Ste. Marie. Check it out!

Save the Wild U. P. & the Endangered Coaster Brook Trout
How you can help the efforts to build remnant populations of coaster brook trout in Lake Superior.

St. Mary's River Fishing Reports
Useful site with links to the LSSU fish cam, articles pertaining to Atlantic salmon science, and up-to-date river reports.

Superior Sports

Copper Country Hockey History
Fascinating on-line collection from the birthplace of modern hockey.

Michigan State Spartans Basketball
Follow a great college basketball tradition, largely built by the duo of Jud Heathcote and Iron Mountain's Tom Izzo.

Superior Penguins
Check out the Hockey Hall of Fame's Journal entries on the Stanley Cup's July 2009 trip to visit the Pens Tyler Kennedy in the Soo and Jordan Staal in Thunder Bay.

U.P. Ski Jumping

Copper Peak
One of only six ski flying structures in the world—and the only one in the Western Hemisphere—this venue looks forward to competition again, soon.

Ishpeming Ski Club

Kiwanis Ski Club of Iron Mountain, MI

The internationally based official skiing site where you will find jumping news, schedules, results, “live” action, and biographies.

Superior Spirituality

Bishop Frederic Baraga
The doings of the Bishop Baraga Association of Marquette.

Superior Towns

Kingsford, Michigan
A sister city of Pequaming originated by Henry Ford, Kingsford blossomed during the Art Decola era; check it out along with neighboring Iron Mountain, especially if you're wondering if there's any sense of civic pride left in America.

Sault Ste. Marie
The Soo Saga begins with the city's 1668 founding, continues through the deployment of its renowned Locks, and crests with the arrivals there of my own grandfather (1914) and my good buddy Karl Hansen (1995).

Superior Travel & Transportation

Looking to travel to Europe's equivalent of the U.P.? “Call Aimo, and leave the flying to us!”

Ben Kilpela’s Isle Royale Site
From the Copper Harbor docks of the Isle Royale Queen comes a nice intro to Isle Royale, along with sailing schedules and other details.

Drop anchor here, mates, for the full skinny on Great Lakes shipping.

Copper Range Railroad
“The Mother of All Copper Country Websites” is still available in memory of founder Kevin Musser (1960-2007), offering tons of information about the region.

Hunts’ Guide to the U.P.
An online companion to the enormously popular Hunts’ Guide to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula . . . Mary Hunt certainly being one of the most knowledgeable, enthusiastic boosters of U.P. travel and tourism. (You can also sign up at her site for news about a revised edition of the paperback Guide.)


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