Tchotchkes, Trinkets and Other Bits

One of the missions of the Beaumier Heritage Center is to preserve the history and culture of the people of the U.P. And that includes the very unique culture of the NMU student. One of the many kinds of items we love to add to our collection are the small bits and pieces of random stuff that are given to and given away by students.

At first glance, many of the items may seem like junk that hold no historical or cultural value, but that is very far from the truth. They allow us to answer questions that can give us a bit of an idea of what that generation of students was like. What was valued? What was eye catching? What was going on? These questions can be answered by these items.

Many would argue that keeping such items is a waste since there are so many of them around. But, since the invention of plastics and mass production, we have become a bit of a “throw away” society and a lot of these cool little items are thrown away or lost. This makes the ones we do keep even more important.


So, the next time you think about throwing away that foam finger you got at the game or the cheap plastic cup you snatched at a club sponsored event consider saving it and bringing it to us. We would love to take it in and give it a good home.

Click on the image to see a larger image. Some of the items pictured are on display in the conference room of the President’s office.

Written by Stephen Glover of the BHC


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