One Story is a grass roots, community-based program


designed to build awareness of contemporary Native American and local culture. One Story partners include the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, Dowagiac Area History Museum, Dowagiac District Library, Dowagiac Dogwood Fine Arts Festival Committee, Dowagiac Union Schools, and Southwestern Michigan College.

As we leave the woods, so beautifully described by Simon Pokagon, we find ourselves in the industrial era, seeking a new identity. People, places, and stories are interconnected. The 2017 One Story book selection celebrates this by giving readers a glimpse at the growth of a small railroad town in Southwest Michigan between the 1860s and the 1940s. The book is titled Images of America: Dowagiac. The authors, Steve Arseneau and Ann Thompson, utilized photographs from the local history museum to tell this story.

In addition to Dowagiac, One Story will explore A Sense of Place through the eyes of Webb Miller using his book, I Found No Peace.  Complimentary copies of both books will be available beginning January 2017 from all One Story partners.



Find details of this year's scheduled events at our partner locations, open to the entire community.

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Read Stories

Discover the stories of people within our Dowagiac community in written, photo, and recorded narratives.

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share your story

Ready to share your own story about your sense of place? Get started today with three different mediums.

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