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EVENTS

 Friday, January 18, 2019 | Fruits of Perseverance: The French Presence in the Detroit River Region, 1701-1815 | Monroe

The River Raisin National Battlefield Park presents “Fruits of Perseverance: The French Presence in the Detroit River Region, 1701-1815.” Assistant Professor of History, Guillaume Teasdale, from the University of Windsor, will present a talk based on his recently published book about the forgotten French history of the Detroit River Region. The time for this event is 7-8 p.m., and it takes place at River Raisin National Battlefield Park, 333 N. Dixie Highway. The cost is free and open to the public. For more information, call (734) 243-7136 or visit www.nps.gov/rira/index.


Saturday, January 19, 2019 | Commemoration of the Battles of the River Raisin | Monroe

The River Raisin National Battlefield Park presents “Commemoration of the Battles of the River Raisin.” Join us for the 206th anniversary of the Battles of the River Raisin—the bloodiest battle that ever took place on Michigan soil. Events include Tales from the British 41st Regiment (9 a.m.), Tactical Demonstration (11 a.m.), Flag & Wreath Laying Ceremony (noon), and The Archaeology of the Battle of Lake Erie and the War of 1812 (2:30 p.m. at the Monroe County Historical Museum). The time for this event is 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., and it takes place at the River Raisin National Battlefield Park, 333 N. Dixie Highway and the Monroe County Historical Museum at 126 S. Monroe Street. The cost is free and open to the public. For more information, call (734) 243-7136 or visit www.nps.gov/rira/index.


Saturday, January 26, 2019 | Annual Meeting & Donut Dolly Vietnam Presentation | Orchard Lake

The Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society presents the “Annual Meeting & Donut Dolly Vietnam Presentation.” The annual meeting will be accompanied by a presentation by Joann Puffer Kotcher, one of the first women allowed in a Vietnam combat zone. She helped staff recreation centers as an American Red Cross Donut Dolly. Brunch will be served for $15. Reservations for brunch need to be made by Monday, January 21, by emailing rsvp@gwbhs.org or calling (248) 518-0871. There is no annual meeting charge. The time for this event is 10 a.m. – noon, and it takes place at Orchard Lake Schools, 3535 Commerce Road, Dining Hall, Building 15. The cost is free ($15 brunch if desired). For more information, call (248) 518-0871 or visit gwbhs.org/events/.


Saturday, February 2, 2019 | No Justice, No Peace | Commerce Township

The Commerce Township Community Library presents “No Justice, No Peace.” Emeritus Professor Dennis Fiems discusses the struggle of African Americans against violence and power more than a hundred years after slavery and its cruel lash were abolished. The time for this event is 2 p.m., and it takes place at the Commerce Township Community Library-White Pine Room, 180 E. Commerce Road. The cost is free. For more information, call (248) 669-8108 or visit www.commercelibrary.info/.


Sunday, February 10, 2019 | Indoor Games Open House | Orchard Lake

The Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society presents “Indoor Games Open House.” What games were played inside historically? Come play: Shoot the Moon, Jacks, Tiddly-Winks, and a Native-American Skill Game. Temporary and permanent exhibits interpret local area history and culture and there are plenty of hands-on activities for all to enjoy. The time for this event is 1-4 p.m., and it takes place at Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road. The cost is free. For more information, call (248) 518-0871 or visit gwbhs.org/events/.


Sunday, February 17, 2019 | A Time of Terror: The Black Legion & Deadly Racism in Detroit| West Bloomfield Township

The Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society presents “A Time of Terror: The Black Legion & Deadly Racism in Detroit” During the 1920s, the Ku Klux Klan was revived and became a powerful institution in Michigan, including Detroit. During the 1930s, their violent stepchild, the Black Legion, was born and left a trail of murders throughout the state. Please come and hear historian Jamon Jordan as he discusses the history of these two violent white supremacist organizations during their height of influence. The time for this event is 2 p.m., and it takes place at West Bloomfield Library Main Meeting Room, 4600 Walnut Lake Road. The cost is free. For more information, call (248) 518-0871 or visit gwbhs.org/events/.


Saturday, March 9, 2019 | Michigan’s Journey to Statehood | Commerce Township

The Commerce Township Community Library presents “Michigan’s Journey to Statehood.” Detroit was founded by the French, taken over by the British, and finally became an American city in 1796. These were key moments that propelled Michigan toward statehood. Join us as Joseph Oldenburg discusses Michigan’s past! The time for this event is 2-3 p.m., and it takes place at the Commerce Township Community Library. Registration is required. For more information, call (248) 669-8108 or visit tinyurl.com/commerceprograms.


Saturday, March 16, 2019 | 42nd Annual Spring Seminar | Monroe

The Genealogical Society of Monroe County, Michigan presents the “42nd Annual Spring Seminar.” Speaker Jessica Trotter will hold four sessions throughout the day on The ABC’s of DNA, British Isle to Canada to Michigan, Scandalous Ancestors, and Road Trip! No, Really It Is Not All Online.

There will be a 1.5-hour break for lunch which will be cafeteria style at each person’s expense and breaks between each session to visit vendors and win door prizes. A list of local restaurants will be included in the seminar booklet. The price is $30 for preregistration and $35 the day of the event. The cut-off for preregistration is Friday, March 8, 2019. The doors open at 7 a.m., the event is from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., and it takes place at Monroe County Community College, 1555 S. Raisinville Road. For more information, visit gsmcmi.org.


Thursday, June 20, 2019 | Old Pap: Michigan Civil War General Alpheus Williams | Commerce Township

The Commerce Township Community Library presents “Old Pap: Michigan Civil War General Alpheus Williams.” The preeminent military figure in Michigan before the Civil War, A.S. Williams led Union troops at the bloody battles of Antietam, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. He then transferred West for service in the capture of Atlanta, the March to the Sea, and the Carolinas Campaign that wrapped up the War. Civil War historian, Jack Dempsey, presents the story of Williams’ life based on his 2019 biography of this great Michigander. The time for this event is 7-8 p.m., and it takes place at the Commerce Township Community Library, White Pine Room, 180 E. Commerce Street. The cost is free. For more information, call (248) 669-8108 or visit tinyurl.com/ctclprograms.


Thursday, July 18, 2019 | Grand River Avenue: From Detroit to Lake Michigan | Commerce Township

The Commerce Township Community Library presents “Grand River Avenue: From Detroit to Lake Michigan.” Co-Authors Jon Milan and Gail Offen will take you on a visual tour along one of Michigan’s true “Blue Highways,” sharing an hour of photos, memories, anecdotes, and history of this amazing treasure. The time for this event is 7- 8:30 p.m., and it takes place at the Commerce Township Community Library – White Pine Room. The cost is free, but registration is recommended. For more information, call (248) 669-8108 or visit tinyurl.com/commerceprograms.


Saturday, September 21, 2019 | Michigan POW Camps in WWII | Commerce Township

The Commerce Township Community Library presents “Michigan POW Camps in WWII.” Professor Greg Sumner, Professor of History at the University of Detroit Mercy, will discuss his new book, Michigan POW Camps in WWII. In it, he tells the human side of the 6,000 German and Italian prisoners who lived in Michigan during the war and helps us understand why so many of them eventually became U.S. citizens. The time for this event is 1-2:30 p.m., and it takes place at the Commerce Township Community Library – White Pine Room. The cost is free, but registration is recommended. For more information, call (248) 669-8108 or visit tinyurl.com/commerceprograms.


Thursday, October 17, 2019 | Copper Miners of Michigan | Commerce Township

The Commerce Township Community Library presents “Copper Miners of Michigan.” Donna Simons, author of “Copper Empire,” will trace the beginning of copper mining in Michigan, starting with Douglas Houghton, and end with copper mines being shut down permanently in 1968. She will explain dangerous working conditions in a copper mine and why the miners decided to go out on a labor strike that divided the community. Her presentation will finish with a description of the Italian Hall tragedy that took the lives of 73 people on Christmas Eve of 1913 after someone yelled fire in a crowded room. The time for this event is 7-8 p.m., and it takes place at Commerce Township Community Library – White Pine Room. The cost is free, but registration is recommended. For more information, call (248) 669-8108 or visit tinyurl.com/commerceprograms.

EXHIBITS

Friday, January 4, 2019 – Friday, April 26, 2019 | “Over There” with the American Expeditionary Forces in France During the First World War | Ann Arbor

The University of Michigan Clements Library presents “’Over There’ with the American Expeditionary Forces in France During the First World War.” Featuring both archival materials and three-dimensional objects, this exhibit highlights the first-hand accounts of American soldiers serving in the First World War in 1917-18. View handwritten letters, death reports, postcards, photographs, and artifacts providing a glimpse of the day-to-day lives, longings, and horrific realities of war they experienced while fighting “Over There” on the Western Front. The exhibit is open on Fridays from 10 a.m. -4 p.m. (Jan. 4 – Apr. 26), and it takes place at Clements Library, 909 South University Ave. The cost is free. For more information, call (734) 647-0864 or visit clements.umich.edu.

 

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