Distance Learning

Speaker Series

The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center hosts occasional speakers on campus. Each speaker will discuss a different subjects related to the region including talks about history, culture, business, the outdoors, and many other topics.  

Each talk will is recorded on Media Site live and will be available for streaming afterwards via the Beaumier Center’s website, www.nmu.edu/beaumier. 

To watch past lectures, visit the Mediasite live page here.

 For more information please send an e-mail to heritage@nmu.edu or call 906-227-1219.

Past Lectures

June 18, 2010

“Northern Roots: African Descended Pioneers in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan”

Speaker, Dr. Valerie Bradley-Holliday

The subject is African descended pioneers, who settled in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in the late 1800s and early 1900s.  Dr. Bradley-Holliday’s talk is based on her book, of the same name, which zeroes in on individuals’ experiences and is organized by their various areas of occupation. Some people had service jobs; others hunted and fished. Other individuals worked in the local Hotel Marquette. Some attended Northern State Normal School (now Northern Michigan University) to become educators.

Past Talks

 Friday, April 16, 2010

“Alexis de Tocqueville in the UP? Democracy in America and Tocqueville’s Trip through Michigan”

Speaker, Dr. Jonathan Allen, Political Science Department, Northern Michigan University

In May 1831, the French aristocrat Alexis de Tocqueville and his companion, Gustave de Beaumont, arrived in the United States and began a nine-month journey across the country. From July 22 to August 14, the two traveled through Michigan and Wisconsin, sailing on a steamboat and making excursions by canoe on Lake Michigan and Lake Superior. Part of their goal was to examine the French influence in the area.

In this presentation, Jonathan Allen, Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at NMU, will recount Tocqueville’s itinerary, discussing his diary entries and impressions of the area, and relating them to the central ideas of his classic work, Democracy in America.

Friday, May 21, 2010

“George Shiras III: Nighttime Wildlife Photography”

Speakers, Jack Deo and Buck LaVasseur

At the turn of the 20th century, George Shiras III revolutionized wildlife photography with his ground breaking work at his family’s camp at Whitefish Lake in Alger County.  His work was published in National Geographic Magazine and won awards at several World Fairs.  This is in conjunction with the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center and DeVos Museum’s exhibition on George Shiras III’s work through August 2010.

Local photographer and collector Jack Deo will discuss Shiras’ techniques and photographs.  Buck LaVasseur, host of the television show Discovering, will show a video re-creation he created with Jack Deo, showing George Shiras III’s techniques.

The Beaumier Center hosts a monthly speaker series on Upper Peninsula topics.  To watch past lectures, here is the link to Mediasite Live.