The Regional History Center/University Archives at NIU has the mission of preserving and documenting the history of the university, including those as incomprehensive as the tragic event that occurred on campus on Thursday, February 14, 2008. One way our community helped each other was by writing messages of support on the Memorial Panels that were placed in the Martin Luther King Commons. When the A-frame boards were dismantled, the Message Panels were brought to the Regional History Center/University Archives for permanent preservation. Then the panels were layered in archival tissue, wrapped around archival tubes, and covered with muslin cloth and ties for permanent preservation in the Archives. Originally there were eight panels placed in the Martin Luther King Commons. Due to the weather, two of the panels were removed on March 19, 2008 and blank canvass were installed so additional messages of support could be added.
Yellow paper banner with huskie dog over black ribbon logo at center. Various messages, prayers and signatures. One message reads: Dan Parmenter will never be forgotten. Another reads: Watch the assault that is forthcoming on American gun rights --> Police State. Some Hebrew. Size: 36" tall by 69.75" long.