Public Presentations

Evening at the Archives is an event to showcase historical research about the Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University. Patrons who do exceptional research at the Archives often present their work. Listed below are links to and summaries of past presentations.

 

Evening at the Archives Presents: Queering the Archives: LGBTQ Scholars and the use of Archives and a Community Space

Regionally, nationally, and internationally, queer scholars use Archives not only as a repository of community memory, but also a positive, affirming space in which values, stories, and bonds are created and passed from one generation to another. Chet DeFonso’s presentation cited examples of LGBTQ Archives in the Upper Midwest, in Detroit, Chicago, and Minneapolis in particular, and the ways in which the Queer community have employed Archives as centers of activism and social generation. Archives intern, Nikki Wilhelm discussed LGBTQ resources in the Central Upper Peninsula and NMU Archives, and suggested ways in which further development of its resources could enhance the strength if the local queer community.

This presentation can be viewed on YouTube.

 

Evening at the Archives Presents: The Embezzling Bishop

On October 15th, 2015, Liz Fielding-Oliver presented “The Embezzling Bishop”. Ms. Oliver conducted her research at the NMU Archives last year, as a recipient of the Grace H. Magnaghi Visitor Researcher Grant. The Embezzling Bishop is about Hayward Abelwhite, the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan in the 1930s, who was found guilty of embezzling up to $99,000.  The story involved dark secrets, chorus girls, Chicago nightclubs, a devastating fire, and a record setting blizzard: all set against the background of the Great Depression. 

Ms. Oliver's presentation can be viewed on YouTube here.

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Evening at the Archives Presents: Aaron Howe; Cordwood at Coalwood

Aaron Howe, a recipient of the Grace H. Magnaghi Visitor Researcher Grant, presented what he learned through his research at the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives during the summer prior. Coalwood, located roughly ten miles south of Munising, was a large cordwood camp that provided fuel for the Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Company's nearby furnaces. Combining archival and archaeological​ data, Aaron Howe's presentation focused on the history of Coalwood, which operated from c. 1900-1912, and its relation to the functioning of Cleveland-Cliffs. Hundreds of men, women, and children made Coalwood their home while cutting cordwood during a period of rapid diversification for the Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Company.  

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Student Protests at Northern Michigan University in the '60s

On April 2nd, 2015, the Archives debuted the website exhibition, Student Protests at Northern Michigan University in the '60s, a cultivation of the hard-work of three student employees. A product of Student Senior Assistant, Annika Peterson; Digitization Specialist, Anne Krohn; and Web Design Specialist, Kelley Kanon's efforts, the exhibition highlights the many protests that took place on campus in the 1960s. At the unveiling of the website, a presentation touching on three major protest topics, along with the process of researching the information and developing the website was shared.

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Evening at the Archives Presents: Genealogical Research

On November 6th, 2014, Archives gave a presentation to the community about genealogical research. University Archivist, Marcus Robyns, Genealogy Specialist, Karen Kasper, and Student Assistant, Annika Peterson presented. The geneological research tab of the website was explained.

View a story by Upper Michigan Source.com here.

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Archival Work as a Profession in Public History 

In November of 2014, Marcus Robyns, University Archivist, gave this presentation to Northern Michigan University's HS380 Public History students. During this presentation, Robyns taught the students what archivists do and detailed how a person might become an archivist.

This presentation can be viewed here

 

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Blood on the Table: The Battle for Shared Governance at Northern Michigan University 1967-1976

In 2014, University Archivist Marcus Robyns gave a presentation on the development of the AAUP (American Association of University Professors) at NMU. He based his presentation on his previous article with Carrie Fries, The Battle for Shared Governance: The Northern Michigan University Chapter of the American Association of University.

The presentation can be viewed here.

 

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Julia Tibbitts' Battle for Presque Isle

Kathy Warnes was one of the recipients of the Grace H. Magnaghi Visiting Researcher Grant in 2013. Kathy's research focused on Julia Tibbitts, one of Marquette's most famous environmental activist in the 1970's. Kathy used the Julia Tibbitts papers housed in the Central U.P and NMU Archives for her research and presented as part of our National Archives Month celebration. Kathy's presentation  is available for viewing here.

 

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WNMU-FM 50th Anniversary Celebration

On April 15th, 2013, WNMU-FM celebrated its 50th anniversary. WNMU-FM is a local public radio station owned by Northern Michigan  University. The presentation (including oral history interviews and original broadcast clips) is now available for download here (a browser-compatible version will be available soon).

 

 

 

 

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