Participating Content Scholars

Mr. Marcus C. Robyns, CA

Mr. Robyns is an associate professor and the University Archivist at Northern Michigan University. He is the project director for Recorded in Stone: Voices on the Marquette Iron Range. Mr. Robyns is an eighteen year veteran of the archival profession and member of the Academy of Certified Archivists. He has published many articles on archival management and local history. Mr. Robyns’ current research project is entitled Reluctant Revolutionaries: The Failure of Radical Politics and Labor on the Marquette Iron Range, 1905-1920. You may contact Mr. Robyns at

Ms. Rosemary Michelin

Ms. Michelin is the Librarian for the John M. Longyear Research Library of the Marquette County History Museum. She is the longtime editor of Lake Superior Roots, the newsletter of the Marquette County Genealogical Society, and chairperson of the History and Records Committee of her local church. Ms. Michelin is the author of several published local histories, four interpretive talks at local cemeteries and historic residential neighborhoods, and has served as the instructor for countless beginning genealogy classes. Ms. Michelin is the project author of the history of Yankee immigration to the Marquette Iron Range, a symposium presenter on Yankee immigration, and assisted the Project Director on the design and development of the project web site. You can contact Ms. Michelin at

Mr. Barry James

Mr. James is the education coordinator for the Michigan Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee Township. He is also an adjunct professor of history at Northern Michigan University. Mr. James assisted in the development of lesson plans and immigration histories. He has also provided digital images of artifacts in the Iron Industry Museum’s collection. You may contact Mr. James at

Ms. Carolyn Jordan

Ms. Jordan is the Head of the Reference Department at the Peter White Public Library in Marquette, Michigan. Ms. Jordan coordinated the selection of articles relevant to the central Upper Peninsula from the promotional magazine Cloverland. She also provided background information on Cloverland. You can contact Ms. Jordan at

Mr. Daniel Truckey

Mr. Truckey is the director of the Beaumier Heritage Center on the campus of Northern Michigan University. Mr. Truckey has been a professional museum curator for over twenty years. His primary focus has been on the curation of historic artifacts, documents, and photographs. Mr. Truckey has extensive experience in digital imagery with regard to historical photographs. He is the author of the project’s French- Canadian history and is a presenting scholar for the October 18 symposium. You can contact Mr. Truckey at

Ms. April Lindala

Ms. Lindala is the director of the Center for Native American studies at Northern Michigan University. Ms. Lindala’s academic training has been in the area of writing (creative non-fiction, poetry) as well as speech communication, media studies, and Native American Studies. She has been a consultant for and a participant in two of Dr. Michael Loukinen’s (NMU department of Sociology and Social Work) documentary films that showcase the Ojibwe of the central Upper Peninsula and the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Ms. Lindala is the author of the project’s Native American history, a symposium presenter, and is currently gathering oral histories of the region’s Native Americans. You can contact Ms. Lindala at

Dr. Russell Magnaghi

Dr. Magnaghi is the head of the Department of History and the director of the Center for Upper Peninsula Studies at Northern Michigan University. For over thirty years, he has conducted extensive research and published numerous articles and books on the history of the Upper Peninsula. One of Dr. Magnaghi’s most successful endeavors was the Italian Oral History Project that he conducted in the early 1980s. The collection encompasses 150 interviews with first and second generation Italian immigrants and is housed in the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives. Dr. Magnaghi is the author of the projects Italian immigrant history and is a presenter in the symposium. You can contact Dr. Magnaghi at

Dr. Rebecca Mead

Dr. Mead is an associate professor in the Department of History at Northern Michigan University. Her academic concentration on late nineteenth and early twentieth century United States history includes much emphasis on immigration and labor. Dr. Mead has also been engaged in public policy studies on immigration history and currently supervises the Public History program at Northern Michigan University. She is the author of the project’s history on Swedish immigration and a symposium presenter. You can contact Dr. Mead at