One Story kicks off with workshop at museum

Published 7:53 am Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The third year of the One Story Read series kicks off from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, with a workshop at the Dowagiac Area History Museum.

The workshop’s theme is “Significance: Culture, Tradition, Location, Relationship,” with the goal of having participants telling their story—through words or art. The workshop is free and open to community members from middle school students to adults of any age.

One Story is a grassroots community program with the goal of building awareness of contemporary issues. This year’s book selection is “Queen of the Woods” by Simon Pokagon. The book chronicles the love story between Pokagon and his wife, Lonidaw. Simon Pokagon was born in 1830 and educated at the University of Notre Dame and Oberlin College. He was a tribal leader who became the spokesman for his tribe and a well-known speaker and respected writer.

Copies of “Queen of the Woods” are available free from One Story partners, including the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, Dowagiac Area History Museum, Dowagiac District Library, Dowagiac Dogwood Fine Arts Festival Committee, Dowagiac Union Schools, and Southwestern Michigan College.

Like Simon Pokagon crafted “Queen of the Woods” to tell his story, the workshop will encourage attendees to tell their story, through essays, poems, drawings and paintings. Completed works will be compiled into a community book as well as a “quilt” of paintings and drawings. Basic writing and art supplies will be provided, but artists and writers may bring additional materials.

More information and event listings are available at . The museum is located at the corner of Division and West Railroad Streets. For more information, call the Dowagiac Area History Museum at (269) 783-2560 or visit