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“Say Ya ta da U.P. eh!”

Posted on Tuesday, April 12th, 2011.

Peter White Public Library in Marquette, MI, was one of the ten libraries and museums honored with a 2010 National Medal for Museum and Library Services. Their award includes three days of Door-to-Door interviews, and Facilitator Gaspar Caro and I trekked the snowy shores of Lake Superior to record them.

We realized our time in the Upper Peninsula would be special when on the night before the recordings started, the library held a reception celebrating their IMLS National Medal and the arrival of StoryCorps, complete with a beautiful cake!

Peter White Public Library made us a cake!

We recorded conversations with a grandfather and grandson whose family has used the Peter White Public Library for four generations, best friends who remembered having a little too much fun on some nights before working at the library, two writers and professors who overcame their fears of public speaking, and many more. Check out the faces of Marquette, MI, in the slideshow below.

We learned a lot about Marquette and Yooper culture, and of course we had to try a pasty, the U.P. culinary specialty. The warmth and kindness of everyone we met was tremendous, and it really makes us want to:

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