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News & Features

The Bentley Historical Library is a place both of rich heritage and new discoveries. Those who use our collections—historians, students, the avidly curious, and more—know that there are stories behind every photograph, every letter, every book. Come read about our treasures: in the archive, on display, and on stage through talks and lectures.

News Stories

  • Dancing My Dream

    The collection of Warren Petoskey shines a light on the systemic mistreatment of American Indians, while also revealing the story of how one man found his spiritual calling. Read more about this elder of the Odawa and Lakotah tribes of northern Michigan.

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  • Frauds in the Field

    From 1890 to 1920, more than 3,000 “ancient” artifacts were discovered across Michigan. The papers of U-M Professor Francis Kelsey reveal his efforts to unmask a hoax involving these artifacts and a state-wide scam. Check out the latest issue of Collections magazine for the full story.

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