The Northern Almanac

WNIJ’s history correspondent, Clint Cargile, narrates 90-second segments featuring key moments from NIU since its founding 125 years ago. This segment, called The Northern Almanac, will air every Monday during Here & Now at 12:31 and All Things Considered at 6:18 p.m. starting February 3rd.

Northern Almanac Ep. 3 - 'The Northern Illinois'

22 hours ago

Welcome to the Northern Almanac, the WNIJ living history project coinciding with NIU’s 125th anniversary. I’m Clint Cargile.

Before the first classes started at Northern Illinois State Normal school in 1899, a faculty committee headed by professor Fred Charles organized the first student publication. A monthly magazine called, appropriately, ‘The Northern Illinois’. They produced 1,500 copies of the inaugural issue for the school’s September opening. 

The Northern Almanac Ep. 2 - 'John Williston Cook'

Feb 10, 2020

Welcome to the Northern Almanac, a living WNIJ history project coinciding with NIU’s 125thanniversary, I’m Clint Cargile. When it opened on September 11th, 1899, Northern Illinois State Normal school had 173 students made up of 146 women and 27 men, and as long as they committed to teaching for a time in Illinois schools they paid no tuition.

The Northern Almanac Ep. 1 - 'The Barbed-Wire Barons'

Feb 3, 2020

Welcome to The Northern Almanac, a WNIJ living history project coinciding with NIU's 125th anniversary. I'm Clint Cargile.