Convening Great Lakes Culture Keepers
The Strength in Our Stories

October 26-29, 2015
The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture and Lifeways
Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

Miigwech! Pinagigi! Waewaenen! Yaw^ko!

Thank you for registering for Convening Great Lakes Culture Keepers, a regional networking and professional development institute for tribal librarians, archivists, and museum curators! From October 26-29, we will gather at the award-winning Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture and Lifeways for classes, workshops, group planning sessions, tours, meals, and cultural events.

Theme: The Strength in Our Stories

Miranda Belarde-Lewis
Miranda Belarde-Lewis

In May 2015, UW-Madison SLIS received an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant to continue professional development gatherings for Great Lakes tribal librarians, archivist, and museum curators. But this time our gatherings will aim to do more. Over the next three years, we’ll be working together to develop a traveling exhibition. We’ll start by thinking about our audience and outcomes and narrowing down possible exhibition themes. In other words, we’ll look for stories we can tell together and discuss how they can change the world around us. Like the title of Miranda Belarde-Lewis’ keynote, we’ll look for The Strength in Our Stories.

Institute Online Form

To make sure we know everyone’s preferences and priorities for workshops, classes, meals, and charter bus pickup locations, we’ve created an online form.

It can be found here:

Lodging and Travel

Lodging, travel, and nearly all meal expenses will be provided thanks to IMLS.

We’re staying at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort. If you’re registered, we will make the arrangements for you and send a room confirmation number.

For more information on Soaring Eagle, check out or call 888.7EAGLE7. It’s adjacent to the Ziibiwing Center and located at 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd, Mount Pleasant, MI 48858.

Your room reservations will be made by Omar and you will receive a hotel confirmation number.

Travel: Air

Ziibiwing will generously provide a shuttle to and from local airports. Everyone flying will receive an email from Omar regarding pick-up times and locations.

Travel: Charter Bus Itinerary

Sunday, October 25 Thursday, October 29
9:00 am Depart Rothschild, WI 2415 Trailwood Ln, Rothschild, WI 11:30 am Depart Mt. Pleasant, MI
10:32 am Arrive Forest County Potawatomi
8130 Mish ko swen Drive, Crandon, WI 54520
4:20 pm Arrive Escanaba, MI
10:45 am Depart Forest County Potawatomi 4:35 pm Depart Escanaba, MI
1:45 pm Arrive Bay de Noc Community College
2001 Lincoln Road (Accessible via Danforth Road); Lot D; East End of Parking Lot
5:35 pm Arrive Forest County Potawatomi 
(Central Time)
2:15 pm Depart Escanaba, MI 5:50 pm Depart Forest County Potawatomi
7:05 pm Arrive Mt. Pleasant, MI 7:20 pm Arrive in Rothschild, WI

Please let us know where you plan to catch the bus with the institute online form (

Travel: Car

Mileage will be reimbursed. A W9 form will be available at the institute for you to complete and return. Please carpool when possible.

A Gift to Share

We’re asking all attendees to bring a small gift to share. It should be anything that represents your community–or your role in the community. You can be imaginative. It could be anything from wild rice to a bibliography you created. The items will be used throughout the conference in classes, put on display, and then given away when the institute ends.



If you have any questions, please contact Omar at 608-890-3817 or 608-228-0457

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