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"Shared Waters" exhibit is subject of lecture

Jan. 13, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Dr. Jose Antonio Brandao, associate professor of history at Western Michigan University, presents a slide lecture titled, "New France, Michigan and the Fur Trade," at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, in the Meader Rare Book Room of Waldo Library. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

Brandao's presentation is in conjunction with the library's ongoing exhibition "Shared Waters--Natives and French Newcomers on the Great Lakes." The exhibit is in the library's atrium and includes 28 wall panels, a 16-foot canoe and a display of related artifacts.

In his presentation, Brandao will speak about the significance of the fur trade and Michigan in New France's imperial plans in North America. He will briefly explain how the exhibit panels reflect those plans. A reception will follow the presentation, and guests will be able to tour the exhibit.

Brandao's presentation is sponsored by the Friends of the University Libraries. Reservations are recommended. To make reservations or for more information, contact Kathy Gerow at kathy.gerow@wmich.edu or (269) 387-5202.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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