When did pieces of my past become museum material?
The metal tray is something I saved from my parents’ home, but I remember it from my youth. The grand opening of the 5-mile long suspension bridge spanning the Straits of Mackinac was a big, souvenir-worthy event; I’m sure we also had the glasses pictured above. Until the bridge opened in 1957 ferries connected the Upper and Lower Peninsulas, and the wait for the boat could take hours. So the Mackinac Bridge was worth celebrating.
Museum exhibits reach much further back than the 1950s, however. You can travel from the time of the first people in the region, through the mining era, the golden age of automobiles, and into the 20th century.
Current special exhibits and events include:
Plowshares Into Swords: Marking the Civil War Sesquicentennial
George Armstrong Custer-A Living History Presentation by Custer interpreter Steve Alexander, 1-4 p.m., Saturday, July 9
Special viewing of the “Custer Flag,” through July 15
Admission is free, and the museum is open 7 days (pay for parking on weekdays; $1 per hour, cash only).
Visitor Info Clicks: Lansing