Current Exhibits:

Through the Ages: Mount Mesnard to Mount Marquette

The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center is excited to announce the opening of a new exhibition in its gallery in Gries Hall on the campus of Northern Michigan University. The exhibition, “Through the Years: Mount Mesnard to Mount Marquette,” is a creation of students from Dr. Scott Demel’s Anthropology 390 course. It is the culmination of many years of archeological digs Dr. Demel and his students have been conducting on Mount Mesnard (Mount Marquette).

Starting on August 17, the Beaumier Center will be expanding its hours as follows: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibition will be on display through November 7. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

To keep our visitors and staff safe, the following Covid-19 measures will be followed.

  • Facemasks are required for entrance to the Beaumier Center and gallery.
  • A limit of 12 people will be allowed to visit the gallery at any one time. 

If you have a class or group that would like to visit the exhibition, please contact the Beaumier Center staff ahead of time by calling 906-227-3212 or e-mail,

The exhibition features dozens of artifacts collected during the excavation of the site and interpretive panels. In addition, there are dozens of photographs of the actual excavation as well as artifacts not on display in the exhibition. The Beaumier Center would like to thank the students of AN 390 for their hard work and patience in creating and installing this exhibition. It was originally intended to be installed in April but had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 epidemic. Four students (Wilbert Alik, Morgan Armstrong, Charles Griffin and Sage Pletka) returned to campus in late July to install the exhibition for its current opening. Other students from AN390 who worked on the exhibition include Peter Conely, Juan Funes, Amber Lubbers, Emily Pfeiff, Hayley Pittman, Emily Thompson and Miranda Wood.

Mount Marquette has a rather storied history and hasn’t always been known by the name it has now.  In the Archaic period, and before European contact, it had a name from the indigenous people who lived there. Following the settling of the French, it was called Mount Mesnard after the Jesuit Missionary, Rene Menard. In the 1960s, it was changed to its current name of Mount Marquette, after the explorer Jacques Marquette. Over the years, Mount Marquette has gone through many changes. In prehistoric times it was mined for Quartzite used for dart points. In the 1800s it was mined for Red Sandstone by three men who were then violently removed by the company from whom they leased the land. And now in our modern-day people engage in hiking, biking, and skiing on its slopes. In this exhibit, you can see firsthand how the mountain has changed over the years.