Current Exhibitions


U.P. Mosaic: A working landscape and its people

The landscape of the Upper Peninsula and its relationship with its people will be the focus of a new exhibition at the Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center beginning in October.   The exhibition, entitled, “U.P. Mosaic: A working landscape and its people,” will open on Saturday, October 26 with a family oriented program featuring costumed interpreters, traditional games, storytelling, music and gallery talks.  The event begins at 1p.m. and will run through 4p.m.  Admission is Free to the public.  The Beaumier Center is located in 105 Cohodas Hall on the campus of Northern Michigan University at 1401 Presque Isle Ave. in Marquette.   The exhibition will run through January 15 and will be open Monday through Saturday from 10a.m. to 4p.m.

The exhibition, “U.P. Mosaic” focuses on the complicated yet rich relationship between the people of the Upper Peninsula and its natural world and landscape featuring displays discussing both past and present issues.  The main question the exhibition asks the visitor is “how has the U.P.’s natural world helped define the culture of the Upper Peninsula and vice versa?”  Instead of the display simply answering this question, it asks also asks the visitor for their perceptions of this relationship at various comment stations throughout the exhibition.  Throughout “U.P. Mosaic,” the visitor will see a wide array of cultural artifacts, images and appealing graphic displays. The exhibition also features other interactive components for visitors of all ages, including hands-on objects stations and a video interview booth where visitors can answer the “question of the week.”

At the opening, there will be many more interactive components including the following timed activities:

Presented by the Future Historians from the Michigan Iron Industry Museum:


Indoor and Outdoor Old-Fashioned Games

  • Jacks
  • Cup and Ball
  • Tabletop 9 Pin
  • Hoop and Stick
  • Graces
  • Stilts
  • Blind Man’s Buff
  • Snap Apple

Gallery Talks with the “U.P. Mosaic” exhibition committee and Beaumier Center staff

2 p.m. – 3p.m.  

Performance by Bill Jamerson featuring songs from the Lumberjacks and the Civilian Conservation Corps

3 p.m. – 4p.m. 

Anishinaabeg storytelling session with Kenn Pitawanakwat, Center of Native American Studies at NMU.

The planning for the “U.P. Mosaic” exhibition began in the spring of 2013 with a committee of individuals with specific expertise and knowledge of the natural world and cultural relationships in the Upper Peninsula.  Committee members include:  Gregg Bruff, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (retired); Scott Demel, Anthropology Department, NMU; Courtney Herber, Beaumier Center; Mimi Klotz, Clear Lake Education Center; Nancy Matthew, cultural historian and consultant; Adam Papin, Beaumier Center; John Saari, Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition and Daniel Truckey, Beaumier Center.  The Beaumier Center thanks the committee for their great commitment to this project and their significant contribution to this challenging and exciting exhibition.  The Center also thanks the Future Historians from the Michigan Iron Industry Museum and Kenn Pitawanakwat for their assistance with the exhibition opening.