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Feature: Upcoming Events

With fall approaching, the Archives has two special events coming up; both of them are a part of our semi-annual showcasing tradition- Evening at the Archives! The first of these is on October 12, the second Thursday of the month, at 7:00 pm in Room 224 of the Harding Learning Resource Center. It is our Genealogy Workshop, back by popular demand. Come and learn about our resources available, and pick up some tips for your own journey of genealogy!

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The second will be coming up on Thursday, November 9, also at 7pm, as always. This Evening at the Archives event will be showcasing the work of Dr. Russell M. Magnaghi, Professor and University Historian. He has a new book titled Prohibition in the Upper Peninsula: Booze & Bootleggers on the Border. The synopsis states,

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This event will be held in the Atrium in the back of the library on the second floor of the LRC. After the presentation, Dr. Magnaghi will be doing book signings. Please come and check it out!

Additionally, two of our student assistants Lydia Henning and Libby Serra will be presenting on a web site they constructed concerning the UP Radio History Talk interviews, which includes numerous interviews between Dr. Magnaghi and others. These talks will be digitized and summarized for public viewing on the website.

Feel free to stop by the Archives for your research needs or to have a quiet place to study. Our hours are 10:00am-5:00pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; and from 10:00am-7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

(This post was written by student assistant Lydia Henning)

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Come One, Come All!

First of all, welcome back! We’ve got a whole semester of great blogs and activities lined up, just waiting for you!

Here at the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives, we consider ourselves lucky to be embedded in an environment as friendly and inviting as the Marquette community. From the beautiful landscape to the welcoming people, the Marquette community provides so many wonderful opportunities for our NMU family.  At the NMU Archives, we try to find ways to give back every once and a while.  Many people aren’t aware that, although our office is located on campus, we are open to community members and non- Marquette residents as well as students, faculty, and staff. We make an effort to hold at least two presentations each semester that are open for anyone to attend.

We recently held an event for a group from the Northern Center for Lifelong Learning. Our own Archivist, Marcus Robyns, gave a sort of “Archives 101” presentation to the group of local seniors. His presentation described what an Archives is and, more importantly, what it is not. He dispelled stereotypes, such as one commonly represented in newspaper comics: archivists are simply packrats with too much junk. He clarified that his job consists of throwing records away more often than keeping them. The audience learned that all the records in Archives are irreplaceable, unlike a library, where copies of lost or damaged material can simply be purchased.

The first slide of the Archivist's PresentationPart of the presentation included a discussion on what we can learn about our history that goes beyond the intended use of the material. For example, Professor Robyns showed the audience unlabeled historic photographs and showed them how to determine when the photo was taken and what it tells us about history based on the dress, the surroundings, and the activity being captured. At the NMU Archives we have both University records as well as records dedicated to preserving our regional history.  Mining history, politics and government records, environmental history, and naturalization records for genealogical research are among some of the non-university records that are often utilized by the public.

The Archivist also discussed the different types of Archives as well as what to expect when visiting our office at NMU. There are certain rules patrons are expected to follow, including no food or drinks allowed in the reading room, and bags/coats must be placed on or near the coat rack. These rules are in place to prevent damaged to materials as well as theft.

The Archives is more than a room full of dusty boxes and papers. It is a collection of history, and each institution is unique in its materials. We encourage community members as well as students to come in and learn more about this wonderful resource. Mark your calendars for our next community event, Evening at the Archives, to be held on March 14th at 7:00 pm. More information to come!

Prepared by Savannah Mallo and Olivia Ernst.