Clarke Historical Library Speaker Series presents: Phyllis Michael Wong

| Author: Kari Chrenka

We Kept our towns going - The Clarke Historical Library Speaker Series and Events for Spring 2023 presents Phyllis Michael Wong on Tuesday, February 7th. Join us for an online event that begins at 7:00 p.m. Registration is required. You can register for this event at 

Historian and educator Phyllis Michael Wong, author of the award-winning book, We Kept Our Towns Going: The Gossard Girls of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula  (MSU Press 2022), will share the moving stories of the women who worked in Upper Peninsula garment factories from the early twentieth century through the 1970s, drawing on dozens of interviews she conducted with surviving workers and their families. 

Learn more about all the Clarke’s Spring 2023 speakers and events at 

This event is free and open to the public. Individuals needing accommodations should contact the Clarke at or by phone at 989-774-3864. 

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