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Clarke Historical Library

March 2017

Upcoming Speakers at the Clarke: Mark Your Calendar

Coming to the Clarke Speaker Series in March is Sally Howell of University of Michigan ? Dearborn (March 16). She will present research related to her book Old Islam in Detroit: Rediscovering the Muslim American Past. Detroit is home to several of the nation's oldest, most diverse Muslim communities as well as America?s first mosque, which was established in Highland Park, MI, in 1921. Then, on March 20, the Clarke hosts ?Readings in African Fairy Tales.? This program will be presented by the African Humanitarian Educational Research Organization (AHERO), a CMU student organization.

In April, on the 100th anniversary of the American entry in the First World War, the Clarke will collaborate with CMU's Center for International Ethics and the CMU Veteran?s Resource Center to commemorate this historic event. Join us on Sunday, April 2, to reflect on what led the United States to enter what was supposed to be the war to end all wars.

April 3 brings a visit by Desiree Cooper, author of the 2017 Michigan Notable Book Know the Mother, a collection of flash fiction. She will be presenting in the Baber Room on the first floor of the Park Library. Cooper is a 2015 Kresge Artist Fellow, former attorney, Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist, and Detroit community activist.

You can view a list of all of the Clarke?s speakers on our events website. All presentations begin at 7:00 in the Park Library Auditorium, except Cooper who will present in the Baber Room. A reception in the Clarke Historical Library will follow each presentation. Please contact the Clarke at 989-774-3352 or for more information or to request special accommodations.

Soo Locks Exhibition Opening

On February 23, 2017, the Clarke Library opened its newest exhibit, ?As Remote as the Moon: The Soo Locks in Photos? with a presentation by Michelle Briggs, the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Park Ranger responsible for operating the USACE Visitor Center at the Soo. Briggs told the story of the canal through the calendar year, illustrated by a spectacular array of photographs largely taken by her.

Briggs fascinating and well-illustrated presentation made clear the continuing importance of the Soo Locks to the United States economy, the challenges faced by the USACE in operating and maintaining the locks, and the dedication and ingenuity shown by the Corps military and civilian workers in carrying out their important task. Briggs presentation also explained why about 400,000 people visit the Soo Locks annually, even though United States Senator Henry Clay, when asked to fund construction of a lock at the Soo in the early nineteenth century, voted against the idea, declaring that there was no need to spend federal dollars at a place as remote as the moon.

United States Senator Henry Clay, when asked to fund construction of a lock at the Soo in the early nineteenth century, voted against the idea, declaring that there was no need to spend federal dollars at a place as remote as the moon.

To read more about the exhibit opening, see the Clarke blog.

Clarke Staff Members to Attend Annual Local History Conference

Clarke Historical Library Director Frank Boles was selected to present at this year?s Local History Conference, held annually by the Historical Society of Michigan. He presented ?Sailing into History: Maritime Shipping on the Great Lakes.? Earlier this year he published Sailing into History: Great Lakes Bulk Carriers of the Twentieth Century and the Crews Who Sailed Them with Michigan State University Press.

Microform Specialists Kim Hagerty and Stephanie Oldeck also attended the conference on behalf of the Michigan digital newspaper project. The Clarke newspaper microfilm department, project sponsor, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

Nineteenth Century 3-D Photography of Lake Superior

On February 27, Jack Deo presented a stereo-optic presentation on B.F. Childs' 1870 photographic tour of Lake Superior, which was published on stereo-optic cards as ?The Gems of Lake Superior.? Deo is the proprietor of the Superior View Gallery in Marquette. Childs loaded a small sailboat with a large format glass plate negative camera, as well as all of the necessary plates, and set sail with a companion and a Native-American guide to circle Lake Superior. The voyage, as well as supplemental work done later, resulted in the publication of more than 500 stereo-optic cards. The cards offered the purchaser amazing detail, considerable artistic merit, and an important visual record of the lake and the people who lived around it. More information about the presentation is on the Clarke blog.

Clarke Social Media

Recent posts on the Clarke?s Facebook and Twitter pages featured Michigan?s 180th ?birthday,? black history month, historic postcards from across the state, a variety of vintage photos of CMU, and the origin of the expression ?the real McCoy.? Check out the site for photos of rarely seen items from the holdings. Stay up with the latest from the Clarke by checking in with the Clarke News and Notes blog.

Clarke Hours

The Clarke is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm for you to view our exhibit or to use our materials for your research. Due to the Central Michigan University spring break, will not have Saturday hours on Saturday, March 11.

You can view a calendar of our hours (and the hours of the rest of the CMU Libraries units) via this CMU Libraries webpage.