William J. Strickler Clarke Historical Library Fund
William Strickler was raised in Mt. Pleasant, attended Mt. Pleasant High School and graduated from Central Michigan University. So this year, when he started the William J. Strickler Clarke Historical Library Fund, he was excited to give back to the community that had given him so much in the past.
The Clarke Historical Library exists to document and promote public awareness in three main areas: the Michigan Territory, the Old Northwest Territory, and the state of Michigan in the nineteenth century or before. Mr. Strickler set up this fund to support these three areas of focus by helping the library obtain more items and artifacts from Michigan’s rich history.
“I hope to help the library acquire additional materials and to make people aware that this fund is available as a venue for donating to and supporting the Clarke Historical Library,” Mr. Strickler said.
Having served on the Board of Directors for the Clarke Historical Library for 25 years, Mr. Strickler has strong ties to the organization, and has a passion for the history of the “Old Northwest.” It was this history and passion for the Clarke Historical Library which ultimately motivated Strickler to establish the fund.
“Over the years, Bill has been a devoted friend of the library,” said Clarke Historical Library Director, Frank Boles. “Creating this endowment is just another example of his longstanding commitment to helping document the local and state history of Michigan through the Clarke.”