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The Clements Bookworm: Michilimackinac, “Where archaeology and history meet”

August 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

The Clements Bookworm is a webinar series in which panelists discuss history topics. In this episode, Lynn Evans, archaeologist at Mackinac State Historic Parks, will discuss how archaeology and history are used to gain a more complete picture of life on the fur trade frontier at Fort Michilimackinac. Built by the French in 1715, acquired by the British in 1761 and demolished by them in 1781, Michilimackinac has been the site of historical and archaeological research since 1959.

Fort Michilimackinac, established by the French in 1715, acquired by the British in 1761 and demolished by them in 1781, was home to a multi-cultural community of soldiers, missionaries, fur traders and their families. It has been the site of continuous historical and archaeological research since 1959. The results of this ongoing project have been shared with the public through a reconstruction which houses living history programs, period settings and museum exhibits. Lynn Evans, Curator of Archaeology for Mackinac State Historic Parks, will discuss the history of the project highlighting how archaeology and history are used together to gain a more complete picture of life on the eighteenth-century fur trade frontier.

“Sketch of the fort at Michilimackinac,” Thomas Gage Papers, William L. Clements Library.

The Clements Bookworm: Online Event for History Lovers

Panelists and featured guests discuss history topics in this webinar series. Recommended books, articles, and other resources are provided in each session as we vary between formats: Reader Panel, Author Conversation, Collectors Corner, and Fellow Spotlight.

Inspired by the traditional Clements Library researcher tea time, we invite you to pull up a chair at our [virtual] table. Live attendees are encouraged to post comments and questions, respond to polls, and add to our conversation and camaraderie.

Where: Register at You will receive your link to join the meeting via a confirmation email as well as a reminder email one hour before we begin. 

View upcoming topics and past recordings.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I join the meeting?

You can join our Zoom meeting by clicking the meeting link or going to and entering in the meeting ID. 

For a tutorial on how to join a meeting, please see this brief Zoom video.

How do I join computer/device audio?
On most devices, you can join computer/device audio by clicking Join Audio, Join with Computer Audio, or Audio to access the audio settings. Learn more about connecting your audio.

Can I Use Bluetooth Headset?
Yes, as long as the Bluetooth device is compatible with the computer or mobile device that you are using.

What kinds of books will be discussed?

We are asking panelists to discuss their favorite history books. Some, but not all, will feature a connection to the primary source collections at the Clements Library. Upcoming themes will be shared at

Will I be on video?

A webcam is not required to join the book circle and public participants will NOT appear on video. Only the panelists speaking will have their video and microphone active-- guests are encouraged to type in your comments and questions via the chat function.

Can I view a recording and a list of the resources discussed?

Yes! Feel free to register even if you can't attend the meeting, and you will receive a follow-up email with the resource list and video link.

Please see Recordings & Resource Lists for an archive of all past episodes of the Clements Bookworm.

If you need additional assistance, please contact Anne at


August 20
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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