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Library Awarded History Grant!

The library was recently awarded a "Revisiting the Founding Era" grant.

We are pleased to announce that White Lake Community Library has been awarded a Revisiting the Founding Era Grant to implement public programming and community conversations that explore America’s founding and its enduring themes.

 As part of the grant, White Lake Community Library has received 10 copies of a reader containing copies of primary source documents and corresponding scholarly essays from the lauded Gilder Lehrman Collection. These readers will be available to interested patrons at the June programs detailed below. The grant also endowed $1,000 to help implement programs, and additional digital resources, training, and support from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the American Library Association.  These resources will allow White Lake Community Library to launch a program series on the Founding Era.

 The Revisiting the Founding Era programs will include the June 4th presentation of Alexander Hamilton, a Rags to Riches Story, with actor Terry Lynch of HFK Productions. Mr. Lynch will stay for an extended Question & Answer period, which will be followed by a facilitated discussion of Hamilton’s role in the Founding Era. The Alexander Hamilton presentation is being offered as a Teen Night program, but all ages are invited to attend.  Question and Answers by actor Terry Lynch will be followed by a facilitated discussion of Hamilton’s work as the treasury secretary and as a political activist. Facilitators for this discussion will be Jan Klco, Whitehall School District’s Coach for National History Day, and Kurt Troutman, Department Chair of Social Services Department at Muskegon Community College.

 Our  June 12th Book Tasting will include 3 special Founding Era tables, one of which will be hosted by founding father, John Adams, played by Gary E. Mitchell, of Gem Theatrics in Grand Rapids. Mitchell is a Distinguished Adjunct Faculty member for Legal Studies at Davenport University, and the book selections at his table will focus on the founding era.

We will have another table hosted by Kurt Troutman, whose books will focus specifically on Alexander Hamilton, and the various roles he played in the founding of the United States.

A third table at the Book Tasting will be hosted by Nancy McCarthy. McCarthy is one of the original facilitators of Community Gathering Initiative (CGI) in Muskegon County.  CGI was created in order to develop opportunities to have conversations about race in our history and in our current perspective. Her book table will feature books on the topic of race and slavery.

 Revisiting the Founding Era programs will continue in July with a July 10th presentation of My Dearest Friend, a play based on John and Abigail Adams’ correspondence. The play was written by Michigan author Mary Kron.  Finally, we will conclude with a Community Meeting and Panel Discussion on Wednesday, July 17th.  The Community Meeting will allow patrons to explore the themes of Communication and Persuasion, Race, and Creating a More Perfect Union.  More details on the July events will follow.  You may find information about all of our programming at our website, www.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 and how they continue to influence our lives today.

For more information about Revisiting the Founding Era, participating libraries, and to view the Revisiting the Founding Era Reader, please visit www.foundingera.org.

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