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History of the Finns in Michigan
by Armas K. E. Holmio
Dr. Armas K. E. Holmio came to Suomi College in 1946 and began serving as the school’s archivist in the 50s. His exceptional composition about Michigan’s Finnish history, which effectively remains the “one and only” work of its kind, was originally published in Finnish in 1967 and later translated into English. For students of Upper Peninsula history, it’s not to be missed.
Translation published 2001 in the Great Lakes Book Series of Wayne State University Press.
6x9 softcover, 576p
Hunts’ Guide to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
by Mary Hoffmann Hunt and Don Hunt
I don’t know if I ever met a non-Yooper with more passion for the U.P. than Mary Hunt.
Mary’s U.P. travel companion is the best there is, well-complemented by her website, which also provides pertinent updates (see our Links page for details). You can take this useful work on a trip to the Northland and expect to bump into her somewhere in the Western U.P., where you will be treated to an interesting encounter.
A new edition of the Guide, completely revised, will be released; you can sign up at Mary’s website to be emailed when the third edition’s available.
Ancient Mines of Kitchi-Gummi:
by Roger L. Jewell (2000; 3rd edition 2008)
I met Roger Jewell’s daughter, Kristin Collins, in the Soo during a 2008 excursion; she spoke lovingly about her father, retired from the National Forest Service, and enthusiastically about his historical pursuits.
And after examining this book, I can see why! In a thought-provoking style with absolutely no strings attached, Jewell tackles the mind-boggling, fascinating legacy of the Lake Superior basin’s ancient copper mining—much of which obviously awaits discovery—for the multi-million pound question still remains: Where did all that Kitchi-Gummi copper go?
Give this volume a try, as there’s very little out there in the way of viable, open-minded competition.
8 5/16 x 5 3/8 softcover, 164p.
For more about ancient copper mining >>>
The Best of Finnish Americana 1978-1994
edited by Michael G. Karni (1994)
Michael Karni (1941-2002) spearheaded the 70’s upsurge in the research and publication of New Perspectives in Finnish-American history.
That surge spawned not only the creation of the annual FinnFest (ca 1980), but also Karni's own Finnish Americana journal (as part of his Sampo Press). The journal’s choicest cuts have been gathered for this book, with an impressive range of topics from the combative Finnish-American radicalism of the early twentieth century to the sweet sounds of Viola Turpeinen.
Mr. Karni, who left us way too soon due to illness, was quite simply the coolest of dudes, a friendly sort who epitomized the wonderfully patented Finnish sense of humor.
9 x 5 7/8 softcover, 207p.
Minnesota’s Iron Country
by Marvin G. Lamppa (2004)
What a gas! With Embarrass native, professor and Iron Range scholar Marvin G. Lamppa at the helm, this narrative is smooth sailing from the earliest prehistory of the Range right up to the state of the modern steel industry as of 2004, all accentuated by a slew of revealing photos, diagrams and maps.
10.8 x 8.5 softcover, 276p.
Fishing Lake Superior
by Shawn Perich (1994)
This nicely organized, informative book won’t put fish in your creel (as “practice makes perfect,” like everything else), but you won’t find a better overview of the opportunities awaiting those willing to give Big Lake fishing a try.
9 x 6 softcover, 176p., 77 line illustrations, 5 maps
Story of Father Frank Perkovich, the Polka Mass Priest, as told by his friends.
edited by Betty Vos (2004)
On May 5, 1973 at Resurrection Church in Eveleth, Minnesota, the Polka Mass was first celebrated by Father Frank Perkovich. Both readers who have met Father Perk and those curious about the Polka Mass will enjoy Dancing a Polka to Heaven's lovingly detailed account of the background and fifty-year ministry of the priest inspired to energetically promote the innovative use of traditional Slovenian and Croatian music in Catholic liturgy.
8 1/4 x 5 1/4 softcover, 256p., 32 b/w photos.
Midwest Skiing: A Glance Back
by John Pontii and Kenneth Luostari (2000)
This alluring pictorial about the evolution of Midwest skiing is certainly one of the scant few available on the topic.
It's a product of the National Ski Hall of Fame in Ishpeming, Michigan, the locale generally honored as the origin of American skiing, and host to jumping tourneys since 1882.
For a 25-year-old personal look at skiing in & around Ishpeming's famed Suicide Bowl, check back soon!
For a nice concise history of ski jumping in the U.P. >>>
For a nice collection of pix from the world of ski jumping, including dramatic photos of U.P. and Upper Midwest ski jumps >>>
And please visit the official websites of the three major U.P. ski jumping clubs, accessible via SuperiorReading's Links Page.
9.2 x 6.5 softcover, 128p.