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 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.


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.

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