Category Archives: NMU history

The Fantastics

As I pondered what I should write my blog post on, I thought of all the fun photos I have looked at and remembered seeing The Fantastics. The Fantastics were a band here at NMU from 1971 to 1976 composed of 14 students. They were called, “Northern’s Musical Ambassadors,” and were characterized by wearing matching outfits and go-go boots. The Fantastics were very successful on campus, performing at different events, and popular outside of campus as well, performing as USO shows within the states, and internationally. They made a couple albums from various music companies. In 1973 The Fantastics were recipients of the Department of Defense Certificate of Esteem.

The 1973 campus yearbook, the Peninsulan, said of the Fantastics

“Northern Michigan University’s Entertainment Ambassadors, the “Fantastics,” have performed over one hundred times since their first appearance in December of 1970. The multi-talented young men and women have received rave notices following their performance not only in Michigan, but over a four state span. The secret to their success lies in the fact that they do all types of music. Stylistically, they are the 50’s, 60’s, and the 70’s all rolled up in one enthusiastic explosion of the finest in the sounds from the past three decades.

“In January of 1973, the “Fantastics” will be entertaining our American Forces in the Caribbean, as USO representatives selected through the Department of Defense and the National Music Council. The tour will last five weeks and will include performance in Cuba, Central America, the Panama Canal Zone, South America, Trinidad, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and the Bahamas.”

Please enjoy some photos of NMU’s Fantastics!


If you are interested in hearing the Fantastics, I have included a link to one of their songs on YouTube: click here for The Fantastics!

This post was written by Eliza Compton.


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)


Person Spotlight: Flora E. Hill

Miss Flora E. Hill (A.) was among the first faculty members of Northern Normal School,
Northern Michigan University’s predecessor. She was the head of the English
department from 1899 until 1919, and the sole instructor until 1905. She received both
her bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Michigan, and in 1906 she
published her own textbook for her children’s literature course.



Miss Hill (B.) often traveled to Europe, especially England. Here in Marquette she
was involved in the Upper Peninsula Education Association and encouraged teachers to
start and expand their own libraries. She brought the Mary E. Moore fund to Northern
and was one of the original trustees. An active member of the parish of St. Paul’s
Episcopal Cathedral, in 1919 Miss Hill left Marquette to help found the religious Order
of the Incarnation in Grossmont, California, and changed her name to Sister Mary
Angela. In 1921 the order was invited to do parish work in Quincy, Illinois, and that’s
where the trail ends (C.).






This information and much more can be found in the Central UP and NMU Archives. Come check out our student and faculty reference index cards on top of the Archivist file cabinet in our conference room (D.), our collection of NMU bulletins starting in 1905! (E.) and our books on Northern and Upper Michigan history (F.).


D. Student and Faculty personnel reference cards.


E. NMU Bulletins and Yearbooks.


F.  Books related to UP history.

(This post was written by Emily Wros).