December 2015
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In this issue:
  • New Exhibit Coming Spring 2016
  • DigMichNews Mini-Grant Finalists Named
  • Michigan Historical Review Now Available
  • Recent Blog Posts
  • December Hours

New Exhibit for Spring 2016 Announced

The Clarke's current exhibit, The Michigan Angler: An Early History of Sport Fishing, will be available for viewing into February 2016. After that, we will bring to you our next exhibit, Native Treaties - Shared Rights.

Land. Rights. Education. These were some of the things affected when the United States and Native governments signed treaties. The documents created agreements that profoundly changed both the Federal Government and the Native tribes. Europeans gained perpetual right to the land they called the United States. In return Native Americans gained many guarantees, some granted for as long as the United States existed. Explore how land, rights, and education came together as indigenous people and the United States Government created the legal understanding that underlies today’s State of Michigan. [pictured is J.O. Lewis's lithograph of the Prairie du Chien Treaty, 1825]

DigMichNews Mini-Grant Finalists

Applications have been received for the 2015-16 Michigan Digital Newspaper Grant Program and the selection committee has narrowed down the pool to five finalists. They are, in no particular order (sponsoring institutions are in parentheses):

  • Clinton County Republican News (DeWitt Public Library)
  • L'Anse Sentinel (Baraga County Public Library)
  • Polish Daily News [English Edition] (Polish Mission/Orchard Lake Schools)
  • Alpena News and Michigan Labor Journal (Alpena Public Library)
  • Houghton Lake Resorter (Houghton Lake Public Library)

From January 19-26, the Clarke will host an election where the public gets to choose the finalist who will be awarded $2,500. This money will allow the recipient to have up to 12,500 pages of previously microfilmed newspapers or 4,500 pages of unfilmed papers digitized and uploaded into the CMU Online Digital Object Repository (CONDOR). Voting will be in the form of tweets on Twitter and picture postcards mailed to the Clarke. More information about voting will be available as we head into the new year.

Keep up with the latest about the DigMichNews Mini-Grant by following Michigan Digital Newspapers on Twitter (@DigMichNews) and Facebook (DigMichNews).

Fall Issue of Michigan Historical Review Now Available

The Fall 2015 issue of the Michigan Historical Review (Volume 41, Number 2) is now available. It feature articles about the development of South Haven, Mexican American celebrations in 1920s Michigan, and the Detroit Jewish community of the early 20th century, as well as books reviews, a bibliography of selected titles from the Clarke's Reed Draper Collection of Angling Books, and more. If you would like a hard copy, contact the MHR via e-mail. If you have access to JSTOR, you can find the entire issue via this link.

Recent News Posted on the Clarke Blog

The Clarke News and Notes blog marked a few notable dates in November - Thanksgiving and the 150th anniversary of the release of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. There's nothing like a historic recipe for boiled turkey from Dr. Chase's 1909, "Complete Receipt Book," to get you in the mood for feasting. Sometimes, discovering how others have historically celebrated the holidays can put you in the spirit of the season. And other times, all you need is a good birthday, like the Royal Alice's 150th, to have a celebration.

Keep up with News and Notes blog for the latest news, announcements, and interesting finds from the Clarke

Happy Holidays / December Hours

The end of the Fall Semester at Central Michigan University brings several changes to the Clarke's schedule.

Saturday, December 5 is the last Saturday of the year that we will be open (9:00 am to 1:00 pm). From December 7 until Wednesday, December 23, we will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

From December 24 through January 3, we will be closed for the CMU winter recess. We will re-open with our regular hours of operation (Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) on January 4, 2016 and Saturday hours will resume January 16.

We wish you and yours a happy holiday season!

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