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Your Story: Larry B. Massie

“...some of the most extensive historical resources around...”


Larry B. Massie
Photo by John Lacko

Two years ago, Michigan historian, author and storyteller Larry B. Massie helped create an exhibit for Flint’s Sloan Museum on the sit-down strike of 1936 and 1937 that launched the UAW as a union powerhouse. Much of the content, Larry says, came from the Kalamazoo Public Library.

“I found a lot of information there, going back to old copies of Time and Life and looking at newspapers of the period. KPL has some of the most extensive historical resources around, and there’s always something you might need on microfilm or runs of journals or area directories.”

But for Larry, one of the most valuable resources is the staff itself.  “They’re helpful, courteous and always available to answer questions. I’ve written 19 books now, and I can’t think of one that I’ve written that didn’t have some aspect of help from the Kalamazoo Public Library.”