Historical Museum has plenty of family fun on tap for October

The Michigan Historical Museum in Lansing is hosting a lineup of family friendly, autumn activities in October.

Oct. 11: Your Story and Mine, A Community of Hope: This exhibit in the museum's rotunda is the culmination of a project in which current and former homeless adults from a variety of cultural, ethnic and racial backgrounds created works of art, photography and poetry to document their personal histories. The exhibit runs through Oct. 31 and is free of charge.

Oct. 24: Haunted History, A Spooky Walk Through Time: Enjoy spooky fun and friendly frights as you trick-or-treat through the Michigan Historical Museum. Meet figures from Michigan's past such as a voyageur, a lumberjack, Rosie the Riveter, or a 1950s housewife. Listen to ghost stories from Michigan's past and learn the art of cornhusk doll making. Everyone receives a Halloween goodie bag! Tickets are $6 per person. Ages 3 and younger are free. Tickets can be purchased at the Welcome Center desk inside the museum. 1 to 5 p.m.

Oct. 30: Family History Month Workshop: Join the Michigan Genealogical Council and the Archives of Michigan in a day of discovering family history. Experts share their knowledge and their discoveries in formal presentations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost for this workshop is $20 without lunch; $30 with lunch.

While at the museum for one of these fun-filled October events, visit the museum's special exhibit ''Batteries Not Included: Toys from the Michigan Historical Museum.'' The exhibit includes toys manufactured in Michigan or donated to the museum by Michigan residents. Reminisce about your favorite toy as you explore a variety of toys from the past century. Play with modern and reproduction toys: a sampling of hands-on playthings, from old-time toys to Slinkeys®, Legos® and even Mr. Potato Head® are available throughout the exhibit for children and adults of all ages.

People who remember the museum's special exhibit ''Movers and Seekers: Michigan Immigrants and Migrants'' will want to attend a special book signing at Schuler Books in Okemos on Thursday, Oct. 21, at 6 p.m. Museum staff members Martha Aladjem Bloomfield and Stephen Garr Ostrander wrote The Sweetness of Freedom based on the exhibit research.

For more information, visit www.michigan.gov/museum. and click on ''Event Calendars'' or call (517) 373-3559.

The Michigan Historical Museum is located at 702 W. Kalamazoo St. in downtown Lansing, just two blocks west of the State Capitol. Hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m., and closed on official state holidays. Weekend parking is free.

The Michigan Historical Center is part of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment. Its museum and archival programs help people discover, enjoy and find inspiration in their heritage. It includes the Michigan Historical Museum, 10 regional museums, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve, and the Archives of Michigan. Learn more at www.michigan.gov/museum.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment is committed to the conservation, protection, management, accessible use and enjoyment of the state's environment, natural resources and related economic interests for current and future generations. Learn more at www.michigan.gov/dnre.

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Published: Thu, Oct 14, 2010