One Story events offer new knowledge to community

One Story event explores photographs of Dowagiac

The 2017 One Story season began on February 18 as 75 participants gathered together to enjoy photographs depicting historical moments in Dowagiac, Michigan. Steve Arseneau, director of the Dowagiac Area History Museum and coauthor of this year’s featured book Images of America: Dowagiac shared some of his favorite photos of the Grand Old City and told stories of the people and places in the pictures. Several audience members added family stories and personal memories to the discussion. Arseneau said there are thousands more photographs of the city, some displayed in the museum and some in the archives.

Copies of Images of America: Dowagiac and the supplementary book selection, I Found No Peace by Webb Miller are available through any of the One Story partners. As always, One Story is welcoming story submissions which will be highlighted on the website. More information is available on the One Story website.

Community enjoys shishibé at One Story event

Nearly 30 people joined the most recent One Story event of the 2017 season at Southwestern Michigan College. The afternoon began with Pokagon Band traditionalist Jefferson Ballew sharing information about Native American traditional gaming practices and how they were intended to share the wealth of the community.

Rhonda Purcell, Pokagon Band language coordinator, then explained the importance of revitalization of the Potawatomi language and the interconnectedness of language and culture. Purcell led a game of shishibé using Potawatomi number words and words that have to do with this year’s One Story theme “A Sense of Place.” SMC students and faculty and Pokagon Education staff made the prizes for the game, dreamcatchers and beaded necklaces.