Celebrating the completion and official opening of the new Martha W. Griffiths Michigan Rare Book Room!

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Approximately 200 guests, including Lt. Gov. John D. Cherry and other dignitaries, helped commemorate the occasion — more than 10 years in the making — at the inaugural celebration hosted by the Library of Michigan Foundation.

State Librarian Christie Brandau and Lieutenant Governor John D. Cherry
State Librarian Christie Brandau and Lieutenant Governor John D. Cherry
chat following program remarks during the opening celebration.

Al Zehnder
Library of Michigan Foundation Chair
Al Zehnder speaking at the inaugural celebration.

Designed and constructed entirely with private funding, the room was named in tribute to Martha W. Griffiths in recognition of her distinguished career and lifelong commitment to libraries.

Martha W. Griffiths photographs and memoriabilia
Photographs and memoriabilia of Martha W. Griffiths
on display during the rare book room opening celebration.

The Library of Michigan's Rare Book collection is comprised of over 17,000 volumes, including printed books, maps, letters, prints and other formats covering subject matter such as natural history, law, angling, travel and exploration, Native Americans and Michigania.

Deputy Director, Mark Hoffman, Rep. Fran Amos and Rep. John Stakoe
Dept. of History, Arts and Libraries Deputy Director, Mark Hoffman,
Rep. Fran Amos and Rep. John Stakoe view exhibits of some of the
treasures in the Library of Michigan's Rare Book Collection.

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Guests tour the new rare book reading room.

The new reading room and state-of-the art storage complex provide the necessary environmental conditions and security for the rare materials to be used by the citizens of Michigan.

Guests enjoying the festivities.
Rare Book Room reception Oct. 28, 2003.
Guests enjoying the festivities.

Updated 11/17/2003