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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). 


Collection Spotlight: The Northern College News/ The North Wind

If someone were to come into the archives and ask me what I would recommend for them to look at, I would immediately tell them to read the Northern newspapers from  past years. The Archives has all of the newspaper editions starting from 1919 all the way to the present in either microfilm reels or as physical copies.

Reading the newspapers can be a more personal way to learn about the past. To me, when I read a newspaper from a different time, it is as if I just picked up the newspaper from this morning, and what I am reading about is happening right now. It’s a unique opportunity to read the opinions of young people — specifically Northern’s students — during the different major events in the past like World War II, the Civil Rights Movement, or the AIDS epidemic. While it is easy to pretend I am learning about the events for the first time while reading the articles it is also cool to analyze and compare the past to the present.



One example in comparing the past to the present is looking at humor. I took a picture of a joke section from a newspaper from 1919, and I can admit that none of the jokes made any sense to me, but it was cool to think that in 100 years from now some student archivist will be reading about the different memes and jokes we make currently. I hope you all have a great week!


Feel free to come in and visit the Archives for you research needs or for a quiet place to study (M,W,F: 10am-5pm, T,Th: 10am-7pm). (This post was written by Kyleigh Sapp). 

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).