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Clarke Historical Library

February 2016

DigMichNews Grant Winner Announced

DigMichNews-AlpenaWinner The voting is complete for this year's Michigan Digital Newspaper Grant Program and the winner, amid the flurry of tweets and postcards, is Alpena. As a result of winning, the Alpena News (1899-1905, 1909-10) and the Michigan Labor Journal (1884-90) will be digitized and uploaded into the CMU On-line Digital Object Repository (CONDOR) along with past winners Milford (2015) and Cheboygan (2014). Keep up with the progress of the Alpena digitization by following @DigMichNews on Twitter or Facebook (DigMichNews).

During the eight-day voting period, we received over 8,000 postcards and 110,000 tweets - that's over 1,000 postcards per day and 9.5 tweets per minute! Thanks to everyone from Michigan and beyond who participated in this year?s voting. The Michigan Digital Newspaper Grant Program is made possible by funds from the Robert and Susan Clarke Endowment.

Angling Exhibit Ending / Native Treaties Exhibit Opening

The Clarke's current exhibit, The Michigan Angler: An Early History of Sport Fishing, will be available for viewing for one more week. Come explore this visually stunning exhibit that shares the history of the relationship between fishing and the state of Michigan.

Beginning February 17, we will be installing our new exhibit, Native Treaties - Shared Rights. Land, rights, and education were some of the things affected when the United States and Native governments signed treaties. The documents created agreements that profoundly changed both the Federal Government and the Native tribes. Europeans gained perpetual right to the land they called the United States. In return Native Americans gained many guarantees, some granted for as long as the United States existed. Explore how land, rights, and education came together as indigenous people and the United States Government created the legal understanding that underlies today?s State of Michigan

This exhibit, made possible thanks to a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, will be available for viewing from February 29 through September.

Spring Speaker Series

We kicked off the Spring Speaker Series on February 4 with a presentation from CMU professor of political science, Joyce Baugh. She spoke about her book, The Detroit School Busing Case: Milliken v. Bradley and the Controversy over Desegregation. Dr. Baugh's insights helped to explain the impact of the 1974 Supreme Court decision to uphold the State?s legislation to block Metro-Detroit from developing a desegregation program to bus students between the city of Detroit and the metropolitan school districts.

Our upcoming speakers include Paul Johnson, Professor Hope May, and Anders Halverson. Mr. Johnson, who will visit us on Thursday, March 17, will speak about his role in the development of the Michigan Native American Tuition Waiver program. His presentation will officially open our exhibit, Native Treaties ? Shared Rights.

On Thursday, March 31, CMU professor of religion and philosophy Hope May will deliver a lecture entitled, "Peace, Patriotism, and Public Education." Professor May draws upon primary source materials from the Clarke to explore how peace and patriotism were conceptualized for K12 education around the turn of the twentieth century and in the lead up to the First World War.

Finally, we welcome Anders Halverson, author of An Entirely Synthetic Fish: How Rainbow Trout Beguiled America and Overran the World on Monday, April 4 at 7:30 pm. Halverson will tell the story of one of the world?s most successful invasive species; virtually all of the rainbow trout found in the world today can be traced back to one group of fish discovered in northern California.

All presentations take place at 7:00 pm in the Park Library Auditorium unless otherwise noted. A reception in the Clarke Historical Library will follow each talk. For more information about these events, please look at our Speak Series webpage.

Recent News Posted on the Clarke Blog

The Clarke News and Notes blog featured some great posts to start off the new year. John Fierst gave context to a portrait of Captain Joseph Rowe Smith recently acquired by the Clarke. One of the Clarke student assistants, Victoria, wrote about her contribution to the ?Kids and Culture? event at the CMU Libraries on January 16 ? she read books from our collection of children?s literature. And Frank Boles, Director of the Clarke, wrote about the incorrect supposition that the death of print journalism is just around the corner, if it has not already come to pass ? that?s right, newspapers, especially small local papers are thriving!. He also explains how anyone can help us to bring historical papers online.

We also featured some great photos on our Twitter page (@Clarke_Library) including a first edition of a Nancy Drew book, a 1970s photo of a CMU student presenting the weather on WHMW-TV, the two-volume first edition of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, and a fun picture of a student working in the bookstore from the 1960s.

Keep up with the News and Notes blog as well as our Twitter (@Clarke_Library) and Facebook (ClarkeHistoricalLibrary) pages for the latest news, announcements, and interesting finds from the Clarke.

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