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August 12






Family Narrative in the State Law Library: We're only human! with Library of Michigan law librarian Janice Selberg, 10:30 A.M. - 12: 00 P.M., Lake Michigan Room, 4th Floor

For genealogists, writers looking for good stories to tell, and historians, there’s nothing like old laws and old court decisions. We’ll look at two rich sources to illustrate the human side of the law in Michigan: local (private) law, and the Michigan Supreme Court Records and Briefs, and trace (or speculate on) the circumstances that brought these citizens to the attention of the law.



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December 9

Outdoor screening of the Detroit Free Press's 12th and Clairmount, 8 - 10 P.M., Courtyard

Join us for an outdoor screening of the Detroit Free Press' film 12th and Clairmount, which looks back at the Detroit 1967 rebellion through the lens of home movie footage donated by metro Detroiters. Doors open at 7 p.m. Popcorn, soft drinks and ice cream will be available for purchase.



Tracking the Hopper: Biographical Research at the Library of Michigan with Edwina Murphy,  Library of Michigan Michigan Collections Librarian, 1 - 2:30 P.M., Lake Huron Room, 2nd floor.

A 1971 source cited a sole Edward Hopper painting held in a private collection in Michigan, one Michigan family amongst a plethora of East Coast citizens and household name institutions. Who were these people, what was their life like and what was their role in the community during their lifetime with the painting? Using paper and digital sources the class will walk participants through trusted resources and public records. This class is intended for middle school, high school and adult students interested in exploring the history of common people in the state of Michigan.




"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.


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.