A history of athletics at Northern Michigan University is the topic of a new display created by the Beaumier Heritage Center in the Superior Dome.

            A 40-foot display case features artifacts, memorabilia and historical information about Northern’s athletic history and includes items related to the university’s fans, mascots and cheerleaders. The Wildcat Willy uniform worn by Jay McQuillan in the 1980s is included. Other items include a coat and trophy from NMU’s first male cheerleader, Bruce Carlson, old athletic uniforms and equipment, informative text panels and dozens of photographs.

The display is located along the perimeter of the Superior Dome, directly across from the U.S. Olympic Education Center offices. Dan Truckey, director of the Beaumier Heritage Center, said it is the first part of a larger exhibition, “The Northern Century: Student Life at NMU,” that will be unveiled this fall.

The Beaumier Heritage Center is a museum and cultural center dedicated to preserving not only the history of NMU, but the culture of the Upper Peninsula. The Center’s mission is to foster a greater appreciation for the diverse U.P. heritage and help its people preserve their material and folk culture for future generations to enjoy.

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