Monthly Archives: December 2012

Northern’s newspapers

Over Northern’s winter break, my plan is to work on creating a Northern history fact sheet, for a one-stop-shop of crucial Northern information, such as list of presidents and their dates, list of buildings and their dates, and even, the changing names of the university.

Northern went through a number of radical changes which reflect how the purpose of the university changed, from a teachers college to the university it is today.

1899 – 1927, Northern State Normal
1927 – 1942, Northern State Teachers College
1942 – 1955, Northern Michigan College of Education
1955 – 1963, Northern Michigan College
1963 – present, Northern Michigan University

In my history posts on this blog, I often reference the student newspapers, but the name of the student newspaper has changed over the years, due primarily to the changing name of the university. That is, until 1972, when the newspaper changed to become independent.

I wanted to show how Northern’s newspaper has changed over the years, from its name to even how it looks.

Northern newspapers:

newspaper11919 – 1927, Northern Normal NewsThis was the first student newspaper on campus. Served Northern State Normal.

northern college news

1927 – 1955, Northern College News – Published bi-weekly, except during August and September. Had a large off-campus circulation and therefore served to advertise the college. Was the student newspaper during Northern State Teachers College and Northern Michigan College of Education.


1955 – 1972, The Northern News – Student newspaper while Northern was Northern Michigan College and Northern Michigan University. There is some suggestion that Jamrich had a large editorial hand in the newspaper, which led to the creation of an independent student newspaper.


1972 – present, The North Wind – Northern’s independent newspaper, which publishes every Thursday, with a 5,000 paper circulation. This newspaper is funded partially by advertising and partially by the Student Activity Fee, which full-time students are required to pay, which gives money each year to The North Wind; Radio X, the student radio station; ASNMU, the student government; and the Student Finance Committee, the organization which funds events on campus.

Written by Lucy Hough


A Different Way to Store Pictures


2007.1.194.bThese plates are mostly made of copper and wood and are used in the lithographic printing process. The process is fairly simple and uses the fact that water and oil (in this case an oil based ink) do not mix. It has been widely used since the 1800’s to produce large volumes of printed material; it is even used today, though the process is slightly different.At the Beaumier Heritage Center we deal with 3D artifacts, like buttons and computers, and let the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives have the 2D stuff, like papers and photographs. However, we have a large collection of over 350 pictures, documents and newspapers. Why do we have them? Because they are all in the form of printing plates.

2007.1.209.bOur collection contains numerous photographs, parts of newspapers, documents and yearbooks. These items are extremely important because, for many of them, they are the only copy of the images that we have. They are the equivalent to a photograph’s negative or to a .jpeg file. And many of them are from the earliest days of NMU’s history.

These items are not on display, but we do allow people to look through them for research purposes at the BHC.


Written by Stephen Glover of the BHC

Let It Snow!

Hey, guess what? Christmas is only 21 days away! Here at the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives we have not only a countdown going, we’ve also been getting into the holiday spirit by doing a little Christmas related research.

For those of you who aren’t native Yoopers, you may not be familiar with the myth that the Upper Peninsula’s has its very own snow god: Heikki Lunta. The Finnish legend claims that the U.P. was once warm and covered in palm trees.  Heikki Lunta, a crazy man who resides deep in the woods, didn’t like that so many people were flocking to the area due to its warm weather, so he did a magical dance to make it snow. Problem is, he never stopped.

No one is entirely sure how the legend got started, but Heikki Lunta is as real as the snow itself to many U.P. residents. In a 1993 Mining Journal Article, Houghton resident Jon Davis recalled an incident during the winter of 1978-79.Superiorland 1993 Cover

“There was a big snowmobile race scheduled for early December and for once, we didn’t have any snow. WMPL radio got some guy to make a record called ‘Heikki Lunta Snow Dance Song,’ and within a day or two of when the race was supposed to occur they started playing it on the air and we just got buried.”

That winter convinced many people about the reality of the U.P. Snow God, as a record 399 inches of snowfall was recorded.

Heikki Lunta is a huge part of the Upper Peninsula culture. We love the winter, we love the snow, and we love our snow god. For more tales about Heikki Lunta, come visit the Archives in room 126 of the LRC!

Prepared by Savannah Mallo and Olivia Ernst.

This is the last week of classes here at Northern Michigan University. Due to the hectic nature of finals next week and the spirit of vacation which will be haunting we students for the following four weeks, this will be the last blog post from the NMU Archives until January 15th. Happy Holidays!