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Clarke Historical Library Exhibit:

Michigan Foodways:
The Things We Eat – the People We Become.

Clarke_Food-Gerber2.jpgWe all eat. What we eat tells us about ourselves, our cultures, and Michigan’s history. To be enjoyed in-person at the Clarke Historical Library and online, Michigan Foodways: The Things We Eat – the People We Become: Exploring History through Memories of Food, explores the cuisine of our two peninsulas and the meaning behind it. The people of Michigan have countless memories of food and drink that could only happen in the Great Lakes State: a smoked whitefish meal during a family vacation, sharing an authentic Yooper pasty with friends, or drinking some flat, room-temperature Vernors to cure a malady. We invite you to read some of these memories and dig into the history of how that food came to be.


We also hope you will help us in this exploration. Please share a favorite Michigan food memory with us – find a link at the bottom of the online exhibit Michigan Foodways: The Things We Eat – the People We Become.

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Clarke Historical Library Virtual Speaker Series Fall 2021

Join us online or by telephone at 7:00 p.m. to see and listen to the Clarke Historical Library’s fall speakers. Reservations are required for each presentation.
Visit to register and receive an access code for each event.

Williams01.jpgRun Home if You Don’t Want to Be Killed
Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021
In the context of WWII and the emerging civil rights movement, Detroit was the scene of deadly civil unrest in the summer of 1943. University of Iowa professor Rachel Marie-Crane Williams’ latest graphic novel, Run Home if You Don’t Want to Be Killed, tells the story of this painful time in Michigan’s history. She will join the Clarke to share her research and artistry in developing this book.

Burd3.jpgSuperior – The Upper Peninsula Statehood Movement
Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021
In the mid-twentieth century, a secession movement took hold in the Upper Peninsula. Camden Burd, professor of history at Eastern Illinois University, will discuss the immediate and long-term political implications of the push to found the State of Superior. 

Spaulding3.jpgSustainability and Water in Michigan’s Craft Brewing Industry
Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021
Kris Spaulding, President and owner of Brewery Vivant in Grand Rapids, will discuss the history and importance of water and sustainability in Michigan’s world-class brewing industry.

Williams-Garcia03.jpgAn Evening with Rita Williams-Garcia
Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021
Rita Williams-Garcia has enlightened audiences, from middle-grade readers to adults, with her award-winning novels, including One Crazy Summer, P.S. Be Eleven, A Sitting in St. James (her most recent book), and more. Learn about her life and work as well as the stories behind her novels during this special event, made possible by the David M. and Eunice Sutherland Burgess Endowment.

Please contact us at or 989.774.3352 for more information, including information about connecting to the presentation via telephone.

Events are free and open to the public. Those in need of an accommodation

should call (989) 774-1100 or email