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Museum director to speak at genealogical society

Published 6:20pm Sunday, September 16, 2012

Steven Arseneau, museum director for the city of Dowagiac, is scheduled to speak at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at Webster Memorial Library in Decatur for the Van Buren Regional Genealogical Society’s meeting.

Arseneau is a Wisconsin native who holds a bachelor’s degree in United States History from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and master’s degree in Public History from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He moved to southwest Michigan in 1998 to become curator of history for the Museum at Southwestern Michigan College and became director of the museum in 2005.

In his current position with Dowagiac, he is overseeing the transition of the Museum at SMC from its campus location and oversight to a new facility in the city with Dowagiac oversight. Arseneau has authored and co-authored several books and articles on area history, including Identification and Dating of Round Oak Heating Stoves, second and third editions, Images of America: Dowagiac and “Webb Miller Is There,” which appeared in the Michigan History Magazine in February 2011.

Arseneau will discuss the museum’s move in the spring of 2013 from the campus at SMC to the city of Dowagiac.

The programs are free and the public is invited to attend as guests of the society. For more information, please contact Ann Flora at (269) 684-1353, email questions to or visit our website at


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