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October 14


"The Au Sable River and Conserving Michigan’s Waterways" with Tom Baird, President of the Anglers of the Au Sable River, Saturday, October 14th from 1 P.M. – 2:30 P.M., Lake Michigan Room, 4th floor

Presenter Tom Baird will discuss Michigan waterways at risk and efforts to conserve their vitality for fish and wildlife. Mr. Baird is the current President of the Anglers of the Au Sable River. He started fly-fishing in the late 1970’s and he quickly adopted the Au Sable River as his home water. Long time conservationist and Au Sable advocate, Rusty Gates, drafted him early into the organization’s history and he has been active since. Mr. Baird serves as a liaison to key state agencies in Lansing, as well as the Michigan legislature.


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December 9

From the Wilderness to the Heights: The Transformation of the University of Michigan 1852 – 1900, presented by Professor Francis Blouin, Wednesday, October 25th, 7:00 – 9:00 P.M, Library of Michigan


This year marks the University of Michigan’s bicentennial.  Join the Historical Society of Grater Lansing and the Library of Michigan for a talk by Prof. Francis Blouin, who will discuss how this once remote school, founded when Michigan was still a territory, blossomed into one of the most important universities in the nation in one of America’s most progressive cities.  In partnership with the Historical Society of Greater Lansing.


Michigan Shakespeare Festival presents: Ichabod, a staged reading of a new play by Michigan playwright Joseph Zettelmaier,  Saturday, October 28, 3 P.M. - 6 P.M. Tickets $20.

Travel back in time to a blustery October night in 1810 as Michigan playwright Joseph Zettelmaier performs "Ichabod", his take on the classic Legend of Sleepy Hollow.  



"Sailing into History", author Talk with Frank Boles, 1 - 2:15 P.M. , room tbd

The Great Lakes create a vast transportation network that supports a massive shipping industry.  Come hear author Boles discuss this new book  which describes the fascinating history of a century of achievements and setbacks, unimagined change mixed with surprising stability.


33rd Annual Silver Bells in the City, 5 - 9 P.M., Library of Michigan & Michigan History Center

The Michigan Library and Historical Center will once again be a stop on the Silver Bells in the City tour, so  plan to come on in from the cold and find fun for the whole family!



Artist talk with Catherine McClung, 1 - 2 P.M. Exhibit, December 9th - January 31st, Martha W. Griffiths Michigan Rare Book Room, 4th Floor.

Ms. McClung may be best known for work with the Lenox China Company where she created the Winter Greetings designs featuring spritely birds. Ms. McClung has specialized in painting birds often native to Michigan. Please join us for a special exhibit of her artwork.