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Hank Meijer and Richard Norton Smith: The Mackinac Conference at 75 - LIB 100/201 APPROVED!

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Friday, September 7, 2018
7:00 p.m.


  • Eberhard Center » 215-All


Early in September 1943, United States Senator Arthur H. Vandenberg, a Republican from Grand Rapids, chaired a meeting of fellow GOP luminaries at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. Governor Thomas Dewey of New York and Senator Robert A. Taft of Ohio were among the major players who attended. The goal? Develop a foreign policy position for the party’s 1944 platform. But the result was even greater. This meeting would lay the foundation for Republican congressional support of the United Nations and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.


Two nationally renowned West Michigan historians, Hank Meijer and Richard Norton Smith, will explore the seventy-fifth anniversary of this critical moment in the history of United States foreign policy.

Free and opn to the public, registration required. Click here to RSVP.
Recommended Parking: Fulton Lot



Rachel Florida
Event Planner, Hauenstein Center
Grand Valley State University
616.331.7071 |



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