Events at the Library of Michigan

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March 1- 31


Broadside Press and the Black Arts Movement in Detroit (exhibit), 2nd floor & Lake Erie Room - EXTENDED, BY POPULAR DEMAND!

Dudley Randall and his creation, Broadside Press, made Detroit a hub for the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s.  These poets found in Broadside Press a powerful vehicle for getting their work into the hands of everyday people.  The Library of Michigan is pleased to show case and display our collection of broadsides and books for this year’s African-American History Month.  Stop in to enjoy this unique collection.



March 31

"Cheese Fever; A History of “Soft Michigan” Cheese1825-1925", presented by author Laurie Perkins, 1 - 2 P.M., Lake Erie Room

In 1866, through the encouragement of the Michigan State Board of Agriculture, several Lenawee County farmers began the commercial production of “Soft Michigan” cheese. The commercial success of these farm-made cheeses helped shape business and political careers in southeast Michigan.  Hear Dr. Perkins recount the spread of Cheese Fever through Southeastern Michigan as she discusses her latest book. 




April 7

The Library of Michigan Foundation's 2018 Night for Notables, 5:30 - 8:30 P.M., Forum & Rotunda 

The Library of Michigan and the Library of Michigan Foundation
cordially invite you to a celebration honoring this year’s Michigan Notable Books and authors. Please RSVP online or by phone (517-373-2977) by March 26.  


April 14


Presentation: "Michigan's Ties to the RMS Titanic", April 14th 1 – 2 pm, Lake Erie Room, 2nd floor

The RMS Titanic sank on her maiden voyage on April 15, 1912 and since that day there has been wonder, speculation and investigation. Michigan may not be the first state that comes to mind when thinking of the Titanic and her passengers, but the involvement was real. In 1912 Michigan was thriving with the lumber and automobile industries resulting in new wealth. As well, many Michiganians had New York ties to business and family. Many passengers were from Michigan and the US Senate inquiry was chaired by Sen. William Alden Smith of Michigan. Please join us on April 14 when historian Robert Myers will present on this ever-fascinating topic filled with so many, ‘if only” elements.


May 12


Author Talk: "In All Its Original Wildness": The Quadruped Essays of John Bachman and John James Audubon, presented by Daniel Patterson and Eric Russell, May 12, 2018, 10:30-11:30 AM,
Lake Erie Room, 2nd floor

Less well known and studied than the bold, hand-colored lithographic plates of Audubon's North American mammal images is the three-volume work of prose essays about the 150 species depicted in the plates. The essays comprise probably the most neglected important body of American nature writing from the nineteenth century.  They contain accounts of natural history discovery, travel anecdotes, and a panoramic view of the complex, conflicted relations between humans and wild mammals, and provide the basis for the authors' forthcoming book.



Updated 03/21/2018