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Clarke Historical Library

Clarke Historical Library e-Newsletter September 2020

Fall Speaker Series Lineup Announced

Join us online Thursday evenings from October 8 to November 12 for lively illustrated presentations and discussions on topics related to Michigan history and the Clarke's collections. This semester the Speaker Series moves to the WebEx online platform. Full descriptions of the individual programs are available on the Clarke web site, along with a link to the required pre-registration. A WebEx link to the live stream will be sent to all registrants. Contact us at or 989-774-3352 with any questions about the process.

Let's Go Back

Over a half dozen informative videos highlighting items from the Clarke collection are available at the CMU Public Media web site. These narrated quick views (2-3 minutes) present the stories behind fascinating finds within the collection, ranging from favorite archival materials to a cast of Abe Lincoln's hand! New topics are regularly added, so be sure to check back frequently.

Pop-Up Book Exhibit

"The Surprise and Wonder of Pop-Up Books" exhibition continues in the Clarke gallery and appointments for viewing may be made by contacting the library at or 989-774-3352. This semester there are two Speaker Series events that complement the exhibition. On October 15, co-curators Anne Hiebert Alton and Gretchen Papazian present "Creating the Exhibit, 'The Surprise and Wonder of Pop-up Books'." The following week (October 22) features Matthew Reinhart, pop-up book author and engineer.

Saturday Hours

The Clarke will be open on Saturday, October 17 from 10 to 4. Appointments are required. To make an appointment please contact the library at or 989-774-3352.

Archival Processing

The Clarke is always working to preserve the history of our community and make it available to researchers in the future. Collections currently being processed include barbershop singing in Gratiot County, the Isabella County Easter Seals, and papers of the George Weeks and Day families and 9 & 10 News film. These collections show the varied collecting interests of the Clarke Historical Library!