Current Exhibits:

Conflict and Resolve: Labor in the U.P.

The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center announces the opening of its newest exhibition, “Conflict and Resolve: Labor in the U.P.” The exhibition will be open to NMU students, faculty and staff beginning on Saturday, January 30. The hours for the exhibition will be Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. It will be on display through Saturday, May 29.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, only 10 people at a time will be able to visit the display. If you have a class or campus group that would like to tour the exhibition, please contact Daniel Truckey (227-1219) to schedule a time and plan for your visit. Currently the exhibition is not open to the public, though we anticipate that will change in the coming weeks.

“Conflict and Resolve” looks at organized labor in the region from the very beginnings of the mining and lumbering industry in the mid-19th century to the development of service unions in the 20th century. It features sections on the Knights of Labor, mining safety, various mining and lumbering strikes, corporate paternalism, unionization and community service. The exhibition will include extensive interpretive text, images, artifacts and media to paint a broad picture of the role labor has played and still plays in the lives of many workers and their communities.

This exhibition was developed in 2020 by an advisory group which included: Kathleen Carlson, UP Regional Labor Federation; Karen Kasper, Ishpeming Area Historical Society; Rebecca Mead, Professor of History at NMU; James Paquette, former Safety Officer, Cliffs Natural Resources; Marcus Robyns, Central U.P. and NMU Archives; and Dan Truckey, Director, Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center. The Center also received support from the Cliffs Shaft Mining Museum, the Michigan Education Association, American Association of University Professors, Sandy Arsenault from the Gossard Building and other archives, libraries and union organizations. The exhibition was installed with the assistance of the student staff at the Beaumier Center and students in HS342 – Introduction to Museum Studies.

This exhibition will also be the debut for three new custom display cases built for the Beaumier Center by students in the Construction Management program. These cases were designed and fabricated as part of the CN459 Senior Projects course in the fall of 2020. The students involved in the project included Sean Brady, Derek Crane, Bowen Holmes, Nick Hughes and Michael Willaert. The Beaumier Center thanks these students for their great effort and work and their instructor Mike Andary.