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Community Gathering and Panel Discussion at the Library

The final event of the Revisiting the Founding Era grant will include both small group and panel discussions of themes related to the founding of our nation.

The White Lake Community Library is wrapping up its Revisiting the Founding Era grant with a Community Gathering and Panel Discussion at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, July 17th .  

This grant project, offered through the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History, invites library recipients to present a number of programs, forums, and discussions connecting issues from the past to their counterparts in the present.  The library will hold a Community Gathering to discuss three such issues: racism/white supremacy, communication/persuasion, and building a more perfect union.  The gathering will include appropriate primary source readings, both small and large group discussions, as well as viewpoints and historical perspective from six distinguished panelists.

The panelists are:

  • Sean O’Neill, an historian at Grand Valley State University with specialties in early American and American Indian history. He is the National History Day coordinator for the Grand Rapids region and former president of the Historical Society of Michigan.
  • Bobbi Oldenburg, a government teacher at Whitehall High School. Before becoming an educator she worked in the print journalism field at both the White Lake Beacon and Oceana's Herald-Journal. 
  • Bruce Froelich, a retired attorney and former business owner who now serves on the Montague City Council. He has served as a docent at Lakeshore Museum Center and Interpretive Staff at the Michigan Heritage Park.
  • Andy Fink, a retired lawyer and recent instructor of American Government at Muskegon Community College. He has served as vice-chair of the Muskegon Republican Executive Committee and as chair of the Whitehall Planning Commission.
  • Jan Mecoli Klco, Whitehall School District's Coach for National History Day.
  • Kurt Troutman, Department Chair, Social Services, at Muskegon Community College.

 For more information about Revisiting the Founding Era, participating libraries, and to view the Revisiting the Founding Era Reader, please visit www.foundingera.org. In addition, you may find information about all of our programming at the White Lake Community Library website, wlclib.org.

Revisiting the Founding Era is a three-year national initiative of The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, presented in partnership with the American Library Association and the National Constitution Center, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant provides 100 public libraries across the country the opportunity to use historical documents to spark public conversations about the Founding Era’s enduring ideas and themes.

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