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The Great Lakes in Children's Literature

Illustration from The Boy Who Ran to the Woods by Jim Harrison, illustrated by Tom Pohrt. New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2000. Illustration from The Boy Who Ran to the Woods by Jim Harrison, illustrated by Tom Pohrt. New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2000.
Illustration from The Boy Who Ran to the Woods by Jim Harrison, illustrated by Tom Pohrt. New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2000.
Look at the Great Lakes region through the eyes of Michigan children’s authors, including Tom Pohrt, Nancy Willard, and Joan Blos. In addition to published works, we will also have selected archival materials and artwork on display.

The Great Lakes represent the largest body of freshwater in the world and are surrounded by diverse ecosystems and communities, from the rust belt steel mills that sit on Indiana's sand dunes to the protected forests of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Nonetheless, from Western New York to Eastern Minnesota, to grow up in the Great Lakes region means to grow up anchored to a landscape shaped by water, and to a social and economic environment built on a history of using (and often abusing) this abundant water source.

This event follows a lecture by Elizabeth Goodenough, Growing Up Near the Great Lakes, at 3:00 pm in the same space. Please join us for both events!

This event is part of Special Collections After Hours, a monthly open house series sharing highlights from the many books, documents, and artifacts in the Special Collections Research Center. Each event is open to everyone and will offer a new group of themed materials for visitors to explore. Open houses are held on the second Tuesday of each month during the academic year. Light refreshments are provided.
Illustration from The Boy Who Ran to the Woods by Jim Harrison, illustrated by Tom Pohrt. New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2000. Illustration from The Boy Who Ran to the Woods by Jim Harrison, illustrated by Tom Pohrt. New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2000.
Illustration from The Boy Who Ran to the Woods by Jim Harrison, illustrated by Tom Pohrt. New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2000.

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