The NMU Center for Upper Peninsula received the 2018 Superior Award from the Historical Society of Michigan. The award recognizes historical societies, museums and other organizations that preserve and advance U.P. history. Professor Emeritus Russ Magnaghi, who was the first director when the center was established in 1994, accepted the honor on behalf of NMU at the HSM's 69th annual U.P. History Conference.
According to an HSM press release, the center "has provided public and scholarly attention to the distinctive, rich culture of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula through the collection and transcription of oral histories, hosting the annual Sonderegger Symposium, the publication of 'Upper Country: A Journal of the Lake Superior Region,' and serving as a press for monographs specific to the Upper Peninsula."