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1/29/2014 12:01:00 AM
Charlevoix Library hosting Smithsonian Journey Stories exhibit
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The Charlevoix Public Library is pleased to announce the opening reception for the Smithsonian Journey Stories exhibit, 6:00 p.m., Monday, February 3. Journey Stories, on display through March 21, tells the tale of how our ancestors came to America and the variety of different types of transportation utilized. The exhibit opens to the public at 6:00 p.m., followed by a lecture and reception. Anna Pegler-Gordon, James Madison College Professor, MSU will be discussing the immigration trends in Michigan, with light refreshments following at 7:00 p.m.

The 700 square foot Journey Stories exhibit includes six stand alone kiosks all with audio, video and interactive pieces. There will also be an oral history piece where 90 second personal stories can be recorded and then uploaded to the Smithsonian's Stories on Main Street website to be listened to for generations to come.

The Charlevoix Public Library, located in the heart of downtown Charlevoix at 220 W. Clinton St., strives to meet its mission by providing educational resources for the community through unique opportunities such as this traveling Smithsonian exhibit. "We are looking forward to the opening, to hear Anna's talk and to get some feedback on the exhibit itself," stated Val Meyerson.

In partnership with the library, the Charlevoix Historical Society has created their own local journey story exhibit entitled: "Journeying to Charlevoix: Why they Came and How they Traveled". "Journeying to Charlevoix" will be on display at the Charlevoix Railroad Depot and open for visitors each Saturday during the exhibit time-frame and will include the themes. Charlevoix Historical Society President Denise Fate states, "we are excited to partner with the library and are looking forward showcasing the Depot to the hundreds of school children visiting."

The Charlevoix Historical Society has been active since the late 1800's. Its main mission is to protect and preserve the iconic structures of Charlevoix: the South Pier Lighthouse, the Harsha House and Museum, and the Railroad Depot. The Society also provides community enrichment with programs and events to celebrate Charlevoix's storied history.

Exhibit guides will be available from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at both locations every Saturday of the exhibit. Guides will also be available for special group bookings. To book a group tour, call Val at 231.237.7360. For more details about the Journey Stories exhibit, visit the website at: www.museumonmainstreet.org/journeystories/.

Journey Stories has been made possible at the Charlevoix Public Library by the Michigan Humanities Council. Journey Stories is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.

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