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As Remote as the Moon: Soo Locks in Photos

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The Soo Locks: an incredible engineering feat in a location described by nineteenth century lawmaker Henry Clay as being the "remotest settlement in the United States, if not the moon." In this new exhibition, the Clarke is delighted to showcase dozens of visually stunning photographs, many rarely seen before, documenting the history of this important transportation link.

In 2016, the Clarke was contracted by the US Army Corps of Engineers to digitize and preserve over 1,700 glass, photographic negatives dating from 1885-1941. The images document the construction and operations of three of the locks at the Soo complex. Our exhibition draws from these images, as well as original documents and contemporary photographs, to explain the impact of one of North America's greatest engineering accomplishments.

Clarke Historical Library Speaker Series

Spring 2017 Speaker Series Schedule

Tuesday, March 28
Panel Discussion: "Reading as a Citizen of the World: Cultural Transmission and Intercultural Dialogs in Children's and Young Adult Literature"
Children's books provide an excellent tool for exploring our own cultures and the cultures of others. This panel, moderated by Professor Amy Ransom (Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures) and featuring Professors Anne Alton (English Language and Literature), Carolina Gutierrez-Rivas (FLLC), Gretchen Papazian (ELL), and Daniela Richter (FLLC), will highlight the ways in which children's books explicitly and implicitly address culture. The audience is encouraged to bring questions and comments.

A reception featuring light refreshments will follow the discussion in the Clarke Historical Library.

Sunday, April 2
Commemoration of U.S Entry into World War I​ 
On April 2, 1917, Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare war on Germany.  This remembrance is presented by Central Michigan University philosophy professor Hope May, an expert on the "peace through law" tradition and the International Criminal Court.

Monday, April 3
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A discussion on her book Know Your Mother which was selected as a 2017 Michigan Notable Book by the Library of Michigan.
In a lyrical collection of flash fiction and short stories, the author explores the complex ideal of the mother in all of her incarnations.  Featured are women, both black and white, who find themselves wedged between their own yearnings and their roles as daughters, sisters, grandmothers, and wives across centuries of American history.  Embedded in each story is an unabashed portrait of gender and race in household life.  Cooper’s stories provide truths without sermon and invite empathy without sentimentality.

All presentations begin at 7:00 in the Park Library Auditorium.
A reception in the Clarke Historical Library will follow each presentation. 

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