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. Below are links to past presentations.

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


Aaron Howe, last year's 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 archeological 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.  




Student Protests at Northern Michigan University in the '60s


On April 2, 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.






Night at the Archives Presents: Genealogical Research


On November 6, 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 here.




Archival Work as a Profession in Public History 

Student holding degree in Archival studies

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





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

University Archivist giving presentation

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.


Julia Tibbitts' Battle for Presque Isle

presqueisle_wide.jpg 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.





WNMU-FM 50th Anniversary Celebration

WNMU_Presentation.png 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).