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Clarke Historical Library

February 2021

Black History Month Blogs

Clarke Historical Library Director Frank Boles has authored two blog posts for Black History Month. The topics are the integration of the Dick and Jane early readers of the mid-twentieth century and The Negro Motorist Green-Book. This year the Clarke added reprint copies of the Green Book guides to gas, food, and lodging to the collection. The Dick and Jane readers have long been a part of the Clarke's children's literature collection. Read more at the Clarke blog page.

Speaker Series

The spring Clarke Speaker Series continues through March. Upcoming topics include the International Children's Book Event (February 25), Aladdin kit homes (March 4), and Abra Berens and the Michigan Foodways exhibit opening event (March 11). Wrapping up the series on Wednesday, March 31 at 6:30 is ?Hemingway in Michigan? featuring Lynn Novak, co-producer of the new Ken Burns documentary. Please note the date change (it was March 30 on the postcard mailing). All events are streamed online. Preregistration is required for each event, with full information available on the Clarke web page.

Pop-up Book Exhibit Closes Soon

The ongoing gallery exhibit, ?The Surprise and Wonder of Pop-up Books,? featuring books from the Clarke's collection will be closing February 28. The exhibit presents the opportunity to simultaneously view and play with dozens of highlights from Clarke?s extensive collection of this intriguing book type. Appointments for viewing may be made by contacting the library at or 989-774-3352. For those who can?t get to Clarke for a final viewing, selections appear online at online.

DigMichNews and Digitization Minigrant

The application period for the annual newspaper digitization minigrant remains open through February 28. The minigrant covers digital conversion and hosting of up to 21,000 pages of Michigan newspapers. Full information (including a link to the application form) is available on the Clarke website. The grant is made possible by the Robert and Susan Clarke Endowment with additional funding provided in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library of Michigan.

Newspaper Preservation News

Recently, the Clarke completed a project to preserve the Mackinac Island Town Crier. Hard copy newspapers in danger of deterioration were microfilmed onto preservation quality silver halide microfilm. Microfilm is still the preservation standard due to the stability of the medium, its longevity (500 years!), and low tech hardware. The Mackinac Island project added the years 1996-2019 to the run of 1954-1995 previously filmed here, totaling over a half century of island history.

Clarke Hours

The Clarke Historical Library is open by appointment Monday - Friday from 9-5. Appointments are a must and COVID-19 protocols need to be observed. Please contact us at or 989-774-3352 to set up an appointment.