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Clarke Historical Library Upcoming Exhibit:


February 8 – August 2018


(dis)ABLED BEAUTY: the evolution of beauty, disability, and ability is an exhibit that  celebrates highly designed assistive devices, adaptive devices, and apparel for those living with disabilities. 

This exhibition featuring more than forty items including prostheses, hearing devices, and mobility devices aims to change the negative stigma associated with disability. The items featured in this exhibition are not for concealing, but rather, they were designed to be seen and shown off.

Clarke Historical Library Speaker Series

Both presentations will be on the campus of Central Michigan University, in the Park Library Auditorium, beginning at 6:30 p.m. A reception will follow both talks in the Clarke Library.

Tuesday, July 10

Healther Shumaker

Heather Shumaker will be discussing her book, Saving Arcadia, a 2018 Michigan Notable Book selection. 

This is the story of a determined townspeople and how far they went to save beloved land and endangered species from  large  corporation. The long struggle to preserve the area began before the author was born, and tells the story of people crossing cultural barriers to learn to help one another in an effort to win back the six-thousand-acre landscape that had been taken over by Consumers Power. 

Today the Arcadia Dunes, located in Benzie and Manistee Counties, 

are the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy’s (GTRLC) largest preserve. The site includes over 15 miles of trail to explore dunes, forests and many other landscapes. The preserve provides a wide range of recreation opportunities and experiences from hiking to birding to mountain biking. 

Tuesday, July 17

Great Island Escapes Book COver

Maureen Dunphy will be sharing stories from her travel narrative, Great Lake Island Escapes, a 2017 Michigan Notable Book. 

More than 30,000 islands dot the Great Lakes and provide some of the best ways to enjoy the region. While the vast majority of these islands can only be reached by private boat or plane, a number of islands - each with its own character and often harboring more than a bit of intrigue in its history - can be reached by taking a ferry ride, or 

crossing a bridge. In her book, Maureen Dunphy writes over 30 of the Great Lakes Basin islands accessible by bridge or ferry and introduces more than 50 additional islands, worth a boat ride. 


Both events are free and open to the public. Those in need of an accommodation should call 

(989) 774-1100 or email 

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