Clarke Historical Library Spreaker Series - Summer 2015
Saturday, June 20
2:00 p.m. - Park Library Auditorium
Al Declercq, author of Bernida: A Michigan Sailing Legend
Originally built in 1921 to race in the ocean, in 1925 Bernida won the very first Port Huron to Mackinac Island Race. Found abandoned in a barn, Al Declercq had a vision that the old boat could win again. With the help of two friends and their sons Al sailed Bernida to victory in the 2012 Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race. Al Declercq has a BBA from Eastern Michigan University and a MBA from the University of Detroit. He started his first sail making business in September of 1979. His present business, Doyle Sails Detroit, founded in 2006, is located in Clinton Township, Michigan. In addition to making sails, Al is a very avid and highly successful competitive sailor, logging more than 50,000 miles of offshore racing experience. In 2013, he won his 25th Mackinac race.
Tuesday, July 14
7:00 p.m. - Park Library Auditorium
Nancy Auer, co-editor of The Great Lake Sturgeon
This collected volume captures many aspects of the remarkable Great Lakes sturgeon, from the mythical to the critically real. Lake sturgeon is sacred to some, impressive to many, and endangered in the Great Lakes. A fish whose ancestry reaches back millions of years and that can live over a century and grow to six feet or more, the Great Lakes lake sturgeon was once considered useless, and then overfished nearly to extinction.
A professor at Michigan Technological University with a doctorate in biological sciences, Nancy Auer has dedicated much of her career to the study and restoration of the lake sturgeon. She is one of the region's leading experts on the fish.
Both presentations will be held in the Park Library Auditorium. They are free and open to the public.
An author's reception will follow each presentation, and will be held in the Clarke Historical Library