Monday, January 18, 2010

Attend Michigan's Birthday Party in Lansing

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Notipekago historical marker at Custer, Michigan (photo by JHY)
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a news release of the Michigan DNR

The Michigan Historical Museum in downtown Lansing will host its annual Statehood Day celebration Saturday, Jan. 23, in honor of Michigan's 173rd birthday. (On Jan. 26,1837, Michigan joined the Union as the nation's 26th state.) The public is invited to the family-friendly party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The first 100 visitors will receive a free piece of birthday cake.

The Statehood Day celebration brings together crafters, costumed interpreters and musicians. Costumed volunteers in various galleries will help visitors experience life during different periods of Michigan's history. Various community experts will demonstrate how to make baskets, cross-stitch, create quilted jackets and wheat weave. At 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., visitors can learn how to make mustard 1830s style.

"The Michigan Historical museum is proud to host this free event," said Museum Director Phil Kwiatkowski. "It is a fun opportunity for families to come and explore our award-winning museum while celebrating Michigan's birthday."

The day's highlights (all available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. unless otherwise noted) include:
Michigan Historical Markers: 1,500 Reasons to Pull Over - 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Measuring Michigan - historic surveying reenactors
Music - Craig Ryal
The Spice of Life - 1 and 2 p.m, spices in Michigan history
The British Soldiers - 47th Regiment reenactors
Developing a Quilt Pattern

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