Book Talk: Michigan's Venice - Free Admission!

May 16 2024 | 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Michigan's Venice: The Transformation of the St. Claire Maritime Landscape 1640-2000 by Daniel F. Harrison PhD book cover, white text on a blue sky background, lower half of the image features a two-masted ship under sail in a river.

Join author Daniel F. Harrison as he discusses his new book Michigan's Venice: The Transformation of the St. Claire Maritime Landscape 1640-2000.

6:30 - 6:50 PM Book Talk

6:50 - 7:15 PM Q&A

7:15 - 8:00 PM Networking

Few maritime landscapes in the Great Lakes remain so deeply and clearly inscribed by successive cultures as the St. Clair system—a river, delta, and lake found between Lake Huron and the Detroit River. The St. Clair River and its environs are an age-old transportation nexus of land and water routes, a strategic point of access to maritime resources, and, in many ways, a natural impediment to the navigation of the Great Lakes. From Indigenous peoples and European colonizers to the modern nations of Canada and the United States, this work traces the region's transformation through culturally driven practices and artifacts of shipbuilding, navigation, place naming, and mapmaking. In this novel approach to maritime landscape archaeology, author Daniel F. Harrison unifies historiography, linguistics, ethnohistory, geography, and literature through the analysis of primary sources, material culture, and ecological and geographic data in a technique he calls "evidence-based storytelling." Viewed over time, the region forms a microcosm of the interplay of environment, culture, and technology that characterized the gradual shift from nature to an industrial society and a built environment optimized for global waterborne transport.

Daniel F. Harrison, PhD, is a maritime archaeologist, sailor, and diver specializing in the Great Lakes region. Recently retired from a forty-year career as an academic librarian, he has had his research in maritime archaeology published in peer-reviewed journals including Historical Archaeology, Ethnohistory, and Michigan Historical Review. Harrison's research and theoretical motivations are focused on community-centered preservation and interpretation of maritime heritage and submerged cultural resources.

This event is free with registration. Doors open at 6pm.


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