Cold War Exhibit Opens Nov. 2 at NMU

November 2, 2017

MARQUETTE – Northern Michigan University’s Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center will unveil its new “Cold War in the U.P.” exhibit on Thursday, Nov. 2. An opening reception is scheduled at 7 p.m.

From the late 1940s until the early 1990s, the United States and the Soviet Union were locked in a battle for political and social influence throughout the planet. At the crux of this conflict was the ever-present danger of nuclear war, as both countries had enough armaments to destroy the Earth many times over. The Cold War exhibit will explore the mass military industrial complex that spread throughout the United States and the key role played by the Upper Peninsula in America’s defense. It also will highlight U.P. natives who made impacts during that period, including Clarence “Kelly” Johnson and Glenn Seaborg of Ishpeming.

Johnson was an aeronautical engineer who designed the most important military aircrafts of the Cold War period, including the Lockheed U-2, SR-71 Blackbird, F-104 Starfighter and P-80 Shooting Star.… Read the rest