Friday, January 13, 2017

Clarke Spring Speaker Series

The Clarke Historical Library's upcoming speaker series has been announced. All of our presentations are free and open to the public. The programs begin at 7:00 pm in the Park Library Auditorium with a reception immediately following in the Clarke Historical Library. If you have questions or need accommodations, please contact us at 989-774-3352 or

We are looking forward to an exciting lineup that includes:

Thursday, February 23
Exhibit Opening: The Soo Locks

​Michelle Briggs, Director of the United States Army Corps of Engineers Soo Locks Visitor Center and award-winning photographer, will discuss the Locks.​​

Monday, February 27​
Jack Deo: The Gems of Lake Superior: Brainard Freemont Child’s 3D Voyage in 1870 Lake Superior Views

B.F. Childs was one of the most prolific photographers of the Lake Superior region. Photographer and collector Jack Deo will travel back in time to present a 3D slide show of historic Lake Superior scenes including Native Americans, copper and iron mining camps and towns, lake transportation, and the beautiful scenery. 3D glasses will be provided.

Thursday, March 16​
Sally Howell​: The History of Islam in Detroit

Author of Old Islam in Detroit: Rediscovering the Muslim-American Past (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014)​ to speak about her research.

Monday, March 20
Readings from African Fairy Tales ​

This program is presented in partnership with the African Humanitarian Educational Research Organization (AHERO), a Central Michigan University student organization.

Sunday, April 2 
Commemoration of U.S Entry into World War I​ ​

On April 2, 1917, Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare war on Germany. This remembrance is presented in cooperation with Central Michigan University’s Center for International Ethics.