William L. Clements Library 
909 South University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190

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Anne Bennington-Helber 
The University of Michigan Clements Library 

Guided Tour of the Clements Library 

Join us for a guided tour to learn more about the Clements' early American history collections. Highlights include a student-curated exhibit, "Family Secrets: Uncovering Identity in 19th-Century America," Benjamin West's iconic painting "Death of General Wolfe," a Revolutionary War-era trunk that once housed General Gage's papers, and more!

Exhibit on display: Family Secrets: Uncovering Identity in 19th-Century America

The four display cases in this exhibit were curated by students enrolled in an undergraduate history course focused on the theme of “family secrets.” The theme of secrecy shaped our inquiry into how the family, as an institution and an ideal at the heart of debates about American identity and national belonging, has changed over time.  The materials gathered here represent various ways in which cultural concepts of family evolved in both public and private ways. 

Curated By: Grace Argo and the Students of History 195, Fall 2022, with Maggie Vanderford and Julie Fremuth at the Clements Library.


Visitor Info

Masks are encouraged.

Arrive at our North Entrance (glass vestibule) that faces the Hatcher Graduate Library tower to check-in for your tour. This entrance is accessible and an elevator is available to move between floors. Please note that during the seated portion most chairs have wheels with no arms, but there are a limited number of stationary chairs available.

We want to ensure full and equitable participation in our events. If an accommodation would promote your full participation, please indicate your accommodation requirements when registering.