On Ex​hibit in the Clarke Historical Library


September 2015 - February 2016
The Michigan Angler:  An Early History of Sport Fishing

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Coming Spring 2016
Native Tr​eaties - Shared Rights

Clarke Historical Library Speaker Series - Spring 2016
Thursday, March 17th — 7:00 p.m. – Park Library Auditorium
Paul Johnson 
​​Presentation & Exhibit Openin​g: Native Treaties - Shared Rights 

johnsonthumbnail.jpgThe treaties signed between Tribal Governments and the United States Government are fundamental to understanding between Native Americans and the many groups who immigrated to North America after 1492. The treaties are often complex and interpretation sometimes challenging. Paul Johnson is one of those individuals who has helped define the meaning of treaties in Michigan. In 1972, he filed a lawsuit claiming that members of the several Tribes were entitled by treaty to free education​ at the University of Michigan. Ultimately he lost the legal case, but the moral argument brought forward from the litigation led to the passage of the Michigan Native American Tuition Waiver program in 1976. One person can change society. Mr. Johnson’s story is one example of such change.

​Thursday, March 31st — 7:00 p.m. – Park Library Auditorium
Professor Hope May​​​​
​​Peace, Patriotism & Public Education 

maythumbnail.jpgDrawing on the select items held by the Clarke Historical Library, including the work of former CMU President E.C Warriner (1866-1945) and U.S. Suffragist May-Wright Sewall (1844-1920), Central Michigan University Professor Hope Elizabeth May will discuss how both individuals - and the organizations which they represented - conceptualized peace, patriotism and public education.

Sewall was an educator, co-founder of the Girls' Classical School of Indiana, writer, lecturer, reformer, and pacifist. She was president of the National Council of Women of the United States, 1897-1899; president of the International Council of Women, 1899-1904; Chair of the Committee for Peace and Arbitration, 1904; Chair of the Executive Committee of the Women's Suffrage Association, 1882-1890; and co-founder of the Indianapolis Equal Suffrage Society, 1878.

In 1892, Warriner became the principal of Battle Creek High School. In 1895 he moved to Saginaw as the principal of East Saginaw High School. In 1899 Warriner became the superintendent of the Saginaw school system, a position he served in for 18 years, while also playing an important role in the state’s P​eace Movement and efforts to integrate Peace Education into the K-12 curriculum. In 1918, he became CMU's president. During his tenure, CMU grew from fewer than five hundred to nearly a thousand students The school offered its first bachelor of arts degree and graduate courses during his tenure, and built the first women's dormitory on a normal school campus in Michigan. Warriner retired in 1939.

Monday, April 4th — 7:30 p.m. – Park Library Auditorium
​Anders Halverson​

Author of An Entirely Synthetic Fish: How Rainbow Trout Beguiled America and Overran the World (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010)


​Halverson tells the story of one of the world’s most successful invasive species. Virtually all of the rainbow trout found in the world today can be traced back to one group of fish discovered in northern California. The rainbow trout has been introduced into every state and province in the United States and Canada and to every continent except Antarctica, often with devastating effects on the native fauna. Halverson examines the paradoxes and reveals a range of characters, from nineteenth-century boosters who believed rainbows could be the saviors of democracy to twenty-first-century biologists who now seek to eradicate them from waters around the globe.

Individuals in need  of an accommodation should contact the Library at clarke@cmich.edu or by phone at 989-774-1100.​