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 - FALL 2018
All presentations will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Sarah and Daniel Opperman Auditorium located
in the Park Library. A reception will follow each presentation in the Clarke Historical Library.
All events are free and open to the public.
Tuesday, September 18
Exhibit Opening: Tocqueville's Two Weeks in the Wilderness
Presentation: John Fierst, Clarke Historical Library Reference Librarian and Exhibit Curator
John Fierst will share his insights at the exhibit's opening night celebration.
The French in 19th Century Michigan
Amy Ransom, Professor of French at Central Michigan University, will discuss Michigan's French Community in the first half of the 19th century. This presentation is made possible by the John and Audrey Cumming Endowment.
"The Comedy of Crystal Lake"
Author, Stacy Daniels, will discuss the ecology and history of Benzie County's Crystal Lake and the history of its ill-fated Lake Michigan canal.
Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice Ending Fighting during World War I
Various participants will read, in their original language, letters written by American, French and German soldiers, including some penned by men from Central Michigan University.
Windows, Mirrors and an Extra Adjective
Grace Lin, a noted author of children's books will share childhood anecdotes and her
path to publication, including how she learned to embrace the "multicultural" adjective.
This presentation is made possible by the David M. and Eunice Sutherland Burgess endowed lecture.
Both events are free and open to the public. Those in need of an accommodation
should call (989) 774-1100 or email