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author of Images of Modern America: St. Joseph and Benton Harbor
Tuesday, June 9th at 7:00 PM
St. Joseph and Benton Harbor portrays twin cities with very different personalities weathering a time of great change. Long established as thriving centers of manufacturing, fruit farming, shipping, and tourism, both towns faced the enormous economic and cultural transformations of post–World War II America: rapid demographic shifts, urban renewal, social unrest, and the collapse of industrial manufacturing. Through hard work, creative effort, and above all community cooperation, each southwest Michigan town reinvented itself, emerging into the 21st century revitalized and transformed.
Shannon McRae grew up in Benton Harbor. Her happiest memories are of life in Benton Harbor and St. Joseph in the 1970s. A professor of English and coordinator of American studies and film studies at the State University of New York at Fredonia, NY, she previously authored Images of America: Manistee County with Arcadia Publishing, as well as articles on 20th-century literature, history, popular culture, and religion. She spends her spare time riding motorcycles, taking spontaneous road trips, hiking with her husband, and mixing vintage cocktails. She comes back home to Southwest Michigan whenever possible.
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