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Clarke Historical Library

July 2017

Presentation by Clarke Reference Librarian in Conjunction with Monroe County Bicentennial

Recently Monroe County celebrated its bicentennial, 1817-2017. Clarke reference librarian John Fierst was a participant in the program "The Living History of President James Monroe and the Naming of Monroe County." Fierst spoke about the territorial period of Michigan. He included information from his research on Lewis Cass, governor of the Michigan Territory from 1813-1831, and the role of Cass in the founding and naming of Monroe County. James Monroe is seen here in a portrait by Gilbert Stuart, circa 1820-22.

Native Treaties Travelling Exhibition at Ionia County Free Fair

Clarke's "Native Treaties ? Shared Rights" travelling exhibition stops at the Ionia County Free Fair this month. Display dates are July 13- 22. The exhibit centers on how treaties were applied to topics such as land, education, and hunting and fishing rights. It incorporates graphic primary materials into interpretive exhibit panels.

Archivist Attends Traverse City Conference

In June, Clarke archivist Marian Matyn attended the Michigan Archival Association conference. She and graduate assistant Jen Bentley presented "And the Reel Rolls On: Concluding the Clarke Historical Library?s Film Project with Channel 9 & 10 News." Matyn also attended a grant writing workshop at the beautiful Traverse City Public Library. During her stay in the city a dramatic lightning storm, captured in the accompanying photograph, rolled into town.

Researchers Take Note: New Online Catalog Interface

The University Libraries online catalog has been upgraded and users will see a new mobile friendly interface. An additional feature is automatic login when signed on to CentraLink for those with CMU IDs. Clarke researchers with questions about the online catalog can contact the Reading Room at 989-774-3864.

Soo Locks Exhibit Through August

Our current exhibit, "As Remote as the Moon: Soo Locks in Photos," remains on view in the Clarke galleries through August. The Clarke's entire Soo Locks image database can be browsed online anytime.

Clarke Historical Library Summer Hours

The Clarke Historical Library is open Monday ? Friday from 9am ? 5pm. The University Libraries (Clarke and Park) will both be closed on the following date: September 4 (Labor Day).