Head to Lansing for the Statehood Day Celebration on Saturday, January 26 in honor of the same date in 1837 when Michigan became the 26th state in the Union.
The 176th birthday party at the Michigan Historical Museum also recognizes the bicentennial of the War of 1812, and there will be cake and a party favor—a poster of an historic map—to the first 200 visitors.
On Saturday the museum hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m., but the birthday festivities are scheduled for 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The fun includes presentations by book authors, demonstration of 1812 military uniforms and gear and the 11:30 a.m. screening of the new documentary, “Michigan at War: The Struggle for the Old Northwest, 1812-1815.”
And what’s a party without music and games? Throughout the day you can make crafts and hear music by fiddle and banjo player Stew Lauterbach.
Time travel through Michigan’s past in the museum’s permanent galleries, and learn about the creative process at the special exhibit, “Put It On Paper.” Highlights include the original of “Sportsman’s Hash,” the first story written by Ernest Hemingway, and Detroit architect Minoru Yamasaki’s drawings of the World Trade Center.
Activities are included in museum admission: $6 adults, $5 seniors, $2 kids ages 6-17 (optional).
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