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Student Announcements

Apr 29 2013
Organization: Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center
Contact: Daniel Truckey (dtruckey@nmu.edu)

"Lost and Found: Historic Structures of the U.P."

"Lost and Found: Historic Structures of the U.P." Opens April 20

On Saturday, April 20, the Beaumier Center will be opening an important and dynamic exhibition on the importance of historic preservation in our communities. "Lost and Found: Historic Structures of the U.P." will feature buildings from throughout the region that have either been lost or that have been restored for continued use. There will be a reception at 1p.m. on April 20 with drinks and snacks. The exhibition will be on display in the Beaumier Centerís gallery through September 2013. Admission is free to the public. The Centerís hours are Monday through Saturday, 10a.m. to 4p.m.

More and more, communities throughout the United States are recognizing the importance of historic preservation. Every town has lost structures due to fires, neglect or urban renewal. Where not all historic buildings can be saved, communities that have created historic districts and have preserved important historic structures have saved more than just the past but also a sense of place and commercial viability.

This exhibition will delve into these ideas looking at important structures from throughout the U.P. that have been lost and in the process how that affected the community. In addition, the exhibit will feature historic preservation success stories where buildings that once were considered "eyesores" or even dangerous were restored and have become centerpieces of the community.

There will be more than 40 structures featured in this exhibition from throughout the region. Some lost buildings include Northern Michigan Universityís Kaye Hall (see image above), which was razed in the 1970s. Others include the Wakefield Community Building, the Italian Hall in Calumet and the Alger County Courthouse, which was destroyed by fire in 1978. Success stories include the Calumet Theatre, Carnegie Library in Ishpeming, Marquette City Hall, Ironwood Memorial Building and many others.
To create this exhibition, the Beaumier Center sent requests to historical societies and museums throughout the U.P., asking for them to nominate buildings to be included in the exhibit. This resulted in dozens of contenders, though there will unfortunately not be enough space for all of the buildings.

The exhibition is being curated by the Beaumier Center staff. Research assistant Erin Comer has been conducting research on the structures and will be assisting with writing the narrative and installing the exhibition. Museum assistant Adam Papin will be designing the layout and interpretive panels of the exhibition. All of the museumís staff will be involved in the installation of the exhibition.