Entering NMU

Door plateIf you were enrolled at NMU from 1915 to the 1960s, you would have had to place your hand on this to enter the school.

This is a door plate that graced the front door of Kaye Hall, one of the main academic and administrative buildings at the time and was considered the central point of NMU. The building had class rooms and offices, a large auditorium and an atrium. Classes, conventions, meetings and commencements were held there. As such, it is possible that just about every student touched this plaque to get into the building at one point or another.

The building was condemned in the 1960’s and eventually, after much contention, demolition began in 1972. The door plate is currently on display in the conference room of the President’s office.

Written by Stephen Glover of the BHC


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