This week I was assigned a seemingly impossible task. A file has gone missing at the archives. The process for finding this file includes me looking throughout every file in our twenty drawers of photos, in hopes that the file or photos have not gone far, and has simply been misfiled a drawer away. Sometimes going through the folders can be monotonous and tiresome, but other times I learn new and exciting information that I want to share with whoever will listen. For this post I will be sharing what I learned about NMU, simply by looking through our photo collection.
- There used to be a bowling alley in the University Center:
2. We have had some very notable and interesting guest speakers over the years including:
- A. Vincent Price, 1981
- Martin Luther King III, 1987
- Eli Wiesel, 1991
- President Gerald Ford, 1978:
3. NMU awarded President George H. W. Bush an honorary degree in 1973 when he was head of the CIA:
4. Building the dome looked like this:
5. Winterfest used to include:
- Lunch tray sledding:
2. Ice carving.
6. NMU has witnessed/been a part of the world’s largest:
- Game of musical chairs, 1977:
3. And most recently, the largest game of flag football in the Superior Dome with Al Roker!
Styles change, buildings are knocked down, Presidents come and go, but Wildcat spirit will always remain! Our photos are available to everyone to look through, and are easily accessible. (If anyone has seen a file titled “Student Life—Protests—Vietnam War; c. 1969,” please inform someone at the Archives!)
We will be open our normal hours next week during finals week, but for over winter break we are open December 18-22, January 2-5, and January 8-12 from 10am-5pm Monday-Friday. Feel free to just come in for a quiet place to study even if you aren’t looking to research something!
(This post was written by Eliza Compton)