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Clarke Historical Library Exhibit:

Michigan Foodways:
The Things We Eat – the People We Become.

Clarke_Food-Gerber2.jpgWe all eat. What we eat tells us about ourselves, our cultures, and Michigan’s history. To be enjoyed in-person at the Clarke Historical Library and online, Michigan Foodways: The Things We Eat – the People We Become: Exploring History through Memories of Food, explores the cuisine of our two peninsulas and the meaning behind it. The people of Michigan have countless memories of food and drink that could only happen in the Great Lakes State: a smoked whitefish meal during a family vacation, sharing an authentic Yooper pasty with friends, or drinking some flat, room-temperature Vernors to cure a malady. We invite you to read some of these memories and dig into the history of how that food came to be.


We also hope you will help us in this exploration. Please share a favorite Michigan food memory with us – find a link at the bottom of the online exhibit Michigan Foodways: The Things We Eat – the People We Become.

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Clarke Historical Library Speaker Series

Thank you to all who attended the Fall 2021 Online Speaker Series events.
Please check back soon for the upcoming Spring 2022 Speaker Series schedule.

Events are free and open to the public. Those in need of an accommodation

should call (989) 774-1100 or email