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March 5, 2024: “Their Spirits Still Cry” – Life in an Indian Boarding School

By Sue Reichert, M.M, M.A

The 19th century began with a U.S. government “Indian Problem” that cultivated into a tragic and deadly period for our Native American ancestors. “Their Spirits Still Cry” – Life in an Indian Boarding School links the written and oral history of what life was like at the schools, and how it impacted Native American lives and the lives of their families and generations to follow. By linking these oral and written accounts with historical documentation, photos, treaties, the Meriam Report, and archaeological findings, we can try to pull together a picture of what life was like at an Indian Boarding School. This program is also a tie-in to the 2023-24 Great Michigan Read* selection of THE FIRE KEEPER’S DAUGHTER by Angeline Boulley which will be discussed in book club May 28th.

Sue Reichert earned her Masters of Anthropology from Western Michigan University in 2016 beginning a new chapter after 37 years at the Kellogg Company in Quality and Research & Development. While studying for her master’s degree she focused on Indian Boarding Schools, an area she is very passionate about because of her Native American ancestry. Another of her passions is bringing archaeology into schools, creating an in-depth curriculum fitting within Michigan school standards. Getting students excited about archaeology and that “it is not what we find, but what we find out” (Michael S. Nassaney, Ph.D.), is crucial.

*The 2023-24 Great Michigan Read is presented by Michigan Humanities and supported by national, statewide, and local partners, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Meijer Foundation, Library of Michigan, Image Creative Group, and BiblioBoard. Laborers’ International Union of North America, MSU Federal Credit Union, and Library of Michigan.

March 19, 2024: A Stronger Kinship – Covert Michigan’s Extraordinary Story of Hope and Faith

By Author, Dr. Anna-Lisa Cox

Anna-Lisa Cox is an award-winning historian of nineteenth-century America whose studies have focused on race relations of the frontier and rural Midwest. Her 2006 book, A Stronger Kinship, documents the history of Covert, Michigan and the policies of inclusion and equality that helped to form it. If you would like a signed copy of her book, please purchase it on Amazon in advance and bring it to the program.

Dr. Cox is currently a Non-Resident Fellow at Harvard University’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. Her original research underpins two exhibits at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture while her writing has been featured in a variety of publications including The Washington Post and The New York Times. The blog entry she co-wrote on racial massacres in the antebellum North for the Smithsonian’s NMAH blog went viral in the summer of 2020. Her recent book The Bone and Sinew of the Land: America’s Forgotten Black Pioneers and the Struggle for Equality was honored by the Smithsonian Magazine as one of the best history books of 2018. She just completed a major project for the Library of Congress Folklife Center collecting oral histories from multi-generational African American farmers in the Midwest. She is currently directing the Questioning Conversation video series for the National Park Service’s Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program while completing her next book.

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All programs begin at 1:00 p.m. This year’s programs and concerts will be a hybrid of in-person (at the Scott Club unless noted otherwise) and online. All are welcome. Non-members/guests – to request a Zoom link.

The South Haven Scott Club was organized in 1883 as a reading circle and has been providing cultural events to the community ever since then in its Michigan historic site. Located at the corner of Phoenix Road and Pearl Street in South Haven, Scott Club is a stately Queen Anne style building of sandstone capped by a cupola of carved oak. Two historic windows of Austrian stained glass frame our east and west walls and serve as a cultural icon to the east entrance to the city.