The Central Upper Michigan and Northern Michigan University Archives is hosting another Evening at the Archives! For those of you who aren’t familiar, Evening at the Archives is a semi-annual event showcasing research that has been done here at the NMU Archives. These events are an opportunity to get students and the general public to come into the Archives and enjoy presentations and workshops on archival and historical topics.
In the past Evenings included a genealogical workshop as well as presentations by HS390-The Historian’s Laboratory students, who discussed the topics they researched at the NMU Archives. This semester, our Evening at the Archives will be a lead by NMU professor, James McCommons, who will be speaking about discovering the papers, letters, and unfinished biography of George Shiras III at the University of Pittsburgh. Shiras was a pioneer in wildlife photography and an important conservationist in the early 20th century. His papers, including his correspondence with President Theodore Roosevelt (!), were donated by the University of Pittsburgh to the NMU Archives in 2011.
McCommons will conclude the evening with a presentation on George Shiras’ involvement in the creation of the Migratory Bird Act. McCommons is currently writing a book on George Shiras’ conservation and photography work, which will be published by the University of New Mexico Press.
This special Evening at the Archives will be Thursday, October 18th at 7:00 in the Archives Reading Room in the Learning Resource Center, room 126 (by the tunnel and elevator), on NMU’s campus. Look for our flyers around Marquette and NMU. Space is limited, so call 227-1225 or email Savannah Mallo at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot. Cookies and coffee will be provided. We hope to see you there!
Prepared by Savannah Mallo and Olivia Ernst