By Miriam Hilton
Miriam Elder Hilton, mother, teacher and author, moved to Marquette in 1950 with her husband, Earl Hilton, who was an English professor at Northern Michigan University. Her close association with Northern and her avid interest in historical research prompted NMU President John X. Jamrich to encourage her to write about the 75-year history of the university.
Although Mrs. Hilton was not an alumna of NMU, she readily acquaints the reader with her deep affection for Northern, the people who have made it what it is today and the community in which it grew from a small teacher education facility into a full-fledged university. Throughout this book, the reader will find that the thread that wove the tapestry that has become NMU is people—people within and outside of the university sacrificing, planning and working with one another—sharing in the joys and the sorrows, the good times and the bad.
(Source: Foreword by NMU President John X. Jamrich, page ix of Northern Michigan University: The First 75 Years)