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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 - 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, October 2

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. 


Tuesday, October 9

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.

Wednesday Oct. 17

"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.

Wednesday,  November 7

Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice Ending 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. 

Tuesday Nov. 27

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