Monthly Archives: February 2018

Event Feature: Andy Warhol Exhibit

Recently I made a “Throwback Thursday” post on Facebook. I brought back to mind an exhibit that was put on in the Lee Hall Gallery. I found a particular video advertising an exhibition, and that exhibition was about a certain artist, and that artist was related to the date. In this blog post I will expand on the topic, and inform our readers of the awesome NMU video collection.


“Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes of Fame” was a traveling exhibition put together by the Detroit Institute of Arts.In the video I watched, Commentator Wayne Francis (former director of Lee Hall Gallery) informs that the exhibition consisted of work done by Warhol from the early 1960’s down to his latest work, which he created before his death, on February 22, 1987.

Here, I will say, I could not determine the year the video clip was made/ the exhibition was put on, but I can say it was after Warhol’s death, as they mention it in the clip.


The director also regales how Warhol was the Father of Pop Art. He produced his work in mass quantities, and brought a different approach that shocked other artists. The exhibition provided a fresh look at Warhol’s work.


The series in which I found the informative video clip is called the Lee Hall Exhibition Series. It contains various video clips of art exhibits, all featured at Lee Hall Gallery at Northern Michigan University. All the video clips contain commentary from the former director of the Gallery, Wayne Francis. The exhibitions feature local artists, traveling shows, and faculty shows.


The Archives is processing the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University video collection. We will have these resources digitized, online and published in the future. For now, if these subjects interest you, feel free to stop in and take a look at them!


Hope all of you have a great weekend! (This post was written by digitization specialist Lydia Henning). 


Event/Collection Feature: UP 200 race and records

As many of you may know, the annual UP200 sled dog race occurred this past weekend! Nice job to all of the racers out there. Some of you may not know that the “UP 200” is a larger event encompassing more than just that sled dog race. A silent auction starts off the festivities and was held from Wednesday-Sunday of last week. On Thursday, the pre-race banquet and bib draw was held, which determines the starting order of mushers. On Friday the vet check takes place, which is followed by the Musher’s Brunch (mandatory for mushers). Finally, the opening ceremony occurs and then the UP 200 race begins! The UP200 race is 230 miles in length and mushers race with 12-dog teams. The race began at 7:00 pm on Friday night off Washington Street.


Racers get ready by the start of the UP200 race in 1997. Note the price of gas!

Shortly after the last racer has started for the UP200 race, the second race kicks off. This race is the Midnight Run race, which is 90 miles in length, and mushers race with 8-dog teams. On Saturday, the third race begins – the Jack Pine 30 Race. This race begins in Gwinn, is 26 miles in length, and mushers race 6-dog teams. Later on Saturday the Dog Dayz Art Show occurs, featuring kindergarten through eighth grade artists’ winter and dog-sledding themed art. UP200 racers finish the face at Lower Harbor in Marquette on Sunday, and the ceremony completes with the awards ceremony breakfast on Monday (8:00 AM this morning).


The start of the UP 200 race from 1995. Plenty of snow!

As a large community event in Marquette, I thought I’d take the chance to look back and see what records we have on UP 200 races from years past. At the Archives we have a collection of records called the Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association Records (MSS-196) spanning from 1990-2015. The collection is split into three categories: internal documents, arts and crafts, and media and advertising. A large portion of the collection is comprised of newspaper clippings, as the races are sponsored in part by the Mining Journal. There are also two boxes of photographs and two large scrapbooks to peruse!


A musher racing in 1995.

Below are more photographs from past years for you to enjoy!


Children volunteering in 1997.


Looking down the start line in 1998!


A musher races in the Midnight Race in 2007


Dogs at the end of the Midnight Run in 2011! Slightly frosty. 

Make sure to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful winter season in the UP or wherever you’re reading from! Come into the Archives to view these pictures and hundreds more in this collection. Our hours are 10:00 am-5:00 pm Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; and from 10:00 am-7:00 pm on Tuesday and Thursday.

(This post was written by senior student assistant Stefan Nelson).



Upcoming Event: Evening at the Archives!

Get excited for our new upcoming Evening at the Archives!

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.

On Thursday, this February the 15th, in the Front/Reading Room of the Archives, we will be dedicating ourselves to sharing about the past student protests of Northern Michigan University. These occurrences took place during the civil rights movement of the 60s and 70s. This is sure to be a very interesting and captivating Evening at the Archives! The researcher who has been putting the presentation together, Kyleigh Sapp, Digitization Specialist, is excited to share her findings with you! This is an important topic that applies to today, and is just as compelling as it was 50 years ago. Kyleigh can fill you in with more!

As we know, the attitudes and aspirations of the young protesters are incredibly inspirational, and their efforts helped create the Northern we know today.


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When thinking about the late 60’s and early 70’s in America, one cannot help but to be reminded of a time of major change, extreme views, and controversy. Whether it was the Vietnam war, the Civil Rights Movement, the Nixon Administration, or simply the emergence of hippie culture, it seemed everyone had an opinion they wanted heard and Northern’s campus was no exception. Join the Archives on Feb. 15 2018 for a presentation over the student protests made over civil rights, what demands were made and whether or not the Northern Michigan University kept their promises.


(This post was written by digitization specialist Lydia Henning)