Beaumier exhibition a chance to learn more about the NMU campus | News, Sports, Jobs

As busy as a person can be with work, family, and the other demands of life, sometimes it is easy to overlook the beauty right in front of you.

This includes the charming Northern Michigan University campus right here in Marquette.

On Saturdays, an occasion begins to learn about the evolution of architecture at NMU when the Beaumier UP Heritage Center opens a new exhibition titled ” A nice place. “

Many may not know how NMU went from a campus with a single building in a remote part of Marquette, to its expansion as a modern campus in the 1960s, to its wired community today.

NMU has a rich architectural history, with some of the area’s most significant structures designed by Michigan architects.

Among these structures are the beloved but now demolished Kaye Hall, designed by D. Frederick Charlton, and Harden Hall (originally called the Learning Resources Center), designed by Alden B. Dow.

The exhibition ” A nice place “ offers an overview of the NMU campus, which is a blend of unique architectural styles and aesthetics. Showcasing key information about each structure, including photographs, maps and architectural plans, the exhibit will also feature a time-lapse map showing how the campus has grown – and expanded – over the past 122 years.

For buildings that no longer exist, there will be showcases with architectural fragments, signs and artefacts related to them.

For those who want all the history, the Beaumier Center will host free architectural guided tours of the NMU campus this summer, limited to 20 people, on the following dates: July 8 and 22; and August 5 and 19. To reserve, call 906-227-2549.

The exhibition will be open until September 4. Visiting hours are Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday noon to 4 p.m. Entrance is free and open to the public.

For more information on visiting the Beaumier Center, go to or

We hope that many people will take the time to view the new exhibit, as NMU is ” A nice place “ Indeed.

– Le Journal des Mines, Marquette

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