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Clarke Historical Library

November 2021

Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month, which provides everyone in our country the opportunity to celebrate and honor the contributions of Indigenous peoples and to recognize the United States? ongoing commitment to upholding treaty rights and advancing Tribal sovereignty. The Clarke is a world-renowned repository of primary and secondary source documents related to the experiences of Great Lakes Tribal communities. We invite you learn more about the history of Indigenous treaties in Michigan through our virtual exhibit Native Treaties-Shared Rights. You can view a travelling version of this exhibit, on display through November thanks to the Central Michigan University Office of Native American Programs, in Room 110 of the Bovee University Center at CMU.

Newspaper Portal Titles Skyrocket

The Clarke has long maintained a web portal with links to online Michigan newspapers. This year the Digital Michigan Newspaper Portal received significant upgrades to its functionality as well as to the number of titles covered. By the end of the project, all 83 of Michigan's counties had online newspaper content linked from the page with a total of over a thousand titles (up from 400)! The project was made possible by a generous grant from the Library of Michigan and funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

New Blog Posts

New on the Clarke blog are posts about the Digital Michigan Newspaper Portal, Halloween-themed pop-up books in the Clarke collection, and the 150th anniversary of the Peshtigo and Great Michigan Fires, the deadliest wildfires in human history. Catch up on each of these topics at the blog page.

Michigan Foodways

The Michigan Foodways exhibit continues in the Clarke gallery through early 2022. It covers food culture from throughout the state and may be enjoyed online too!

Newspaper Digitization Mini-Grant

The Clarke's annual newspaper digitization mini-grant competition kicks off in January. The grant covers digitization and hosting on our DigMichNews website of up to 16,900 pages of previously microfilmed newspapers or 10,000 pages of preservation microfilming, digitization, and hosting of hard copy newspapers. Check the Clarke's web site later this month for updated competition information. Learn more about Clarke's newspaper digitization services here.

Holiday Hours

The Clarke Historical Library is open Monday-Friday from 9:00am-5:00pm. During Thanksgiving week, the hours are Monday through Wednesday from 9:00am-5:00pm and closed for the holiday Thursday and Friday. Regular hours resume Monday, November 29. As we approach the winter break, the Clarke will be open through Wednesday, December 22. In accordance with Central Michigan University?s winter break, the Clarke will be closed beginning Thursday, December 23 and will reopen with our regular 9:00am-5:00pm hours on Monday, January 3.