Michigan Historical Center Celebrates Statehood Day

Michigan Historical Center Celebrates Statehood Day with ''The Invention and Reinvention of Michigan'' Jan. 28

On Saturday, Jan. 28, the Michigan Historical Center presents ''The Invention and Reinvention of Michigan,'' a day filled with activities celebrating the 175th anniversary of Michigan Statehood.

The Center will kick off the celebration at 11 a.m. with a free slice of birthday cake for the first 100 people through the door.

In celebration of Michigan's first political invention - statehood - Saturday activities will include quilters, surveyors, the spice trade and cornhusk dolls in the museum galleries. Michigan's first constitution will be on display along with a digital copy that visitors can page through on an iPad.

Succeeding inventions will be celebrated with a self-guided gallery tour highlighting inventions and reinventions throughout Michigan's history, from birchbark canoes to Vernors soda and the 1963 Constitution. An interactive game will demonstrate the valuable contributions Michigan has made since statehood.

''Michigan's people have been pioneers of change, in the way we think, in the physical work we do, and the methods in which we do it. Along the way we have built a state we can be proud of; a state that perseveres,'' said Michigan Historical Center Director Sandra Clark.

Modern technology and concepts for future inventions will be represented by unique displays from local technology developers including the Lansing Hacker Space.

Michigan singer/songwriter Joel Mabus will perform Michigan songs in the Forum on the Center's first floor, at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

The festivities will conclude at 4 p.m.

Michigan was accepted into the Union on Jan. 26, 1837. Already an independent-thinking state, it had been operating under its first constitution and governed by its first elected governor, Stevens T. Mason since 1835. The delay was caused by a disagreement with Ohio over a piece of territory called the Toledo Strip. In the end, Ohio, already a state, won Toledo, but Michigan got the iron, copper and scenic beauty of the western Upper Peninsula.

While at the museum, be sure to stop at the first-floor exhibits gallery where the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War continues with the Plowshares Into Swords special exhibit.

Michigan Historical Museum admission is $6 for adults 18-64. Children through age 5 are free; youth ages 6-17 pay an optional $2; and seniors 65 and up pay $4. Annual passes are available. Visit www.michigan.gov/museum for details.

The museum is open seven days a week. It is located inside the Michigan Library and Historical Center, 702 West Kalamazoo St., Lansing. The museum and visitor parking are on the north side of Kalamazoo Street, two blocks east of M. L. King Jr. Boulevard. Weekend parking is free. For more information, visit www.michigan.gov/museum or call 517-373-3559.

The Michigan Historical Center is part of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Its museum and archival programs help people discover, enjoy and find inspiration in their heritage. It includes the Michigan Historical Museum, 11 regional museums, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve, and the Archives of Michigan. Learn more at www.michigan. gov/michiganhistory.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan. gov/dnr.

Copyright © 2012 State of Michigan

Published: Thu, Jan 19, 2012