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Life of famous turn-of-the-century stallion relived

Nov. 17, 2008

KALAMAZOO--The story of one of the top five trotting sires in the world will return home to Western Michigan University at an event from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, in Room 211 of the Bernhard Center.

"The Life and Legacy of Peter the Great" pays tribute to the stallion foaled in 1895 on a 600-acre estate that is now the property of WMU. Author Terry Motycka will discuss the life of the stallion who broke the world trotting record and whose offspring ended up dominating the harness racing world. Peter the Great spent the first four years of his life on what would later become WMU's campus, and his legacy remains there--his owner's home was the Oaklands mansion, and a monument to for him is located near the WMU Administration Building.

Motycka has been published internationally, and her book on Peter the Great also has sold copies around the world.

The program is sponsored by the WMU Archives and Regional History Collections. For more information, contact Sharon Carlson at sharon.carlson@wmich.edu or (269) 387-8496.

Media contact: Deanne Molinari, (269) 387-8400, deanne.molinari@wmich.edu

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