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Clarke Historical Library

March 2016

"Native Treaties - Shared Rights" Exhibit Opening

We will officially open our newest exhibit, Native Treaties - Shared Rights, on Thursday, March 17 with a presentation by Paul Johnson. The treaties signed between Tribal Governments and the United States Government are fundamental to understanding the relationship between Native Americans and the many groups who immigrated to North America after 1492. The treaties are often complex and interpretation sometimes challenging. Paul Johnson is one of those individuals who has helped define the meaning of treaties in Michigan. In 1972, he filed a lawsuit claiming that members of the several Tribes were entitled by treaty to free education at the University of Michigan. Ultimately, he lost the legal case but the moral argument brought forward from the litigation led to the passage of the Michigan Native American Tuition Waiver program in 1976. One person can change society. Mr. Johnson?s story is one example of such change.

The Native Treaties - Shared Rights exhibit, made possible thanks to a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, will be available through September.

Spring Speaker Series

In addition to our exhibit opening event with Paul Johnson, we have two other speakers lined up for the remainder of the spring.

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 (pictured is Professor May presenting a loan of documents from the Clarke Historical Library to the Peace Palace Library at The Hague).

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 see our Speaker Series webpage.

Support the Preservation of the Shepherd Argus

On March 10, 2015, fire broke out in downtown Shepherd, Mich. destroying several businesses and residences, including the Shepherd Argus and Grim Printing building. Approximately 50 years worth of historic newspapers were lost in one afternoon to the blaze.

In the year since, members of the Shepherd Historical Society have been planning, with the Clarke, to preserve the partial collections of the Shepherd Argus held by the Historical Society and the Clarke. The newspapers will be microfilmed and then digitally scanned and uploaded into the CMU Online Digital Object Repository (CONDOR).

You can support this endeavor on Thursday, March 10 simply by eating at the Shepherd Bar and Restaurant any time between 6:00 am and 11:00 pm (324 West Wright Avenue, Shepherd, Mich.). 20% of all of the profits from sales on that day will go toward preserving the Argus. You can also support the project by sending a tax deductible donation to:

Shepherd Area Historical Society, Preserve the Argus Fund
P.O. Box 505
Shepherd, MI 48883

or by visiting this link.

Finally, because of the incomplete runs of papers held by the Shepherd Historical Society and the Clarke, you can also help by donating old copies of the Argus to the project. Contact the Clarke ( if you can donate your old newspapers.

Recent News Posted on Clarke Social Media

This past month, the Clarke News and Notes blog featuring a blog marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of Herbert Henry Dow, founder of the Dow Chemical Company in addition to being an avid botany and pomology hobbyist. We also acquired thousands of historic photographs and much more from the University Communications office at CMU. Read part 1 here and part 2 here.

In the world of tweets, we had some great photos on our Twitter page (@Clarke_Library) including a children's book from China called, Nian, the New Year Monster to mark the Lunar New Year, some Valentine's day ammunition from The Quiver of Love, a postcard of the Paradise Club in Idlewild (pictured), and a historic photo of two CMU students having a snowball fight on the banks of the Chippewa River in the 1970s.

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.

Clarke Hours

The Clarke is open to assist with all of your research needs Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Due to Central Michigan University spring break, we will not be open Saturday, March 12. As always, feel free to contact us by phone (989-774-3352) or e-mail ( with your inquiries.

Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University
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Mt. Pleasant, Michigan 48859

Phone: (989) 774-3352

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