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Sons: Seeing the Modern American Male

When: Fri January 27 2017 - Sat May 27 2017
Where: Jackson
The Ella Sharp Museum presents "Sons: Seeing the Modern American Male." Photos can help us look beyond stereotypes and differences, showing the true and unique identity of every participant. The exhibit will feature portraits of men, aged high school and up, from the Jackson community and attempts to reveal how Black American males see themselves, while encouraging a thought-provoking examination of how the Black American male is perceived. For more information, call (517) 787-2320 or visit ellasharpmuseum.org.

Ella Sharp Patio Parties

When: Thu April 20 2017 - Thu September 7 2017
Where: Jackson
The Ella Sharp Museum presents “Ella Sharp Patio Parties.” Enjoy live music, hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar, along with free admission to the Ella Sharp Museum. Take a stroll through the sculpture-filled grounds and exhibit galleries, including the Lynne A. Loftis Jackson History galler, Andrews Gallery of Wildlife Art and the Never Enough Time gallery. The party is on, rain or shine. The event is Thursdays from 5:30-7:30, and it takes place at Ella Sharp Museum, 3225 4th Street, Jackson, MI 49203. For more information, call RSVP to Jennifer Carl at 517-787-6503 or jennifer.carl@rehmann.com

History of the Union Block Building

When: Tue May 2 2017
Where: Grand Ledge
The Grand Ledge Area Historical Society presents “History of the Union Block Building.” Do you know where the Union Block building is in downtown Grand Ledge? Did you know that the Union Block building is one of the few remaining commercial buildings in Grand Ledge that is made from Grand Ledge stone? Did you also know that the Grand Ledge post office was located in the Union Block building for a few years? Come enjoy this program and discover the history of the Union Block building. The evening will begin with a short presentation and end with a walk through the building. Light refreshments will be served. The time for this event is 7pm, and it takes place at The Salvage Yard, 208 S Bridge St, Downtown Grand Ledge. For more information, visit www.gdledgehistsoc.org.

Victorian Days

When: Sat May 6 2017 - Sun May 7 2017
Where: Grand Ledge
The Grand Ledge Area Historical Society presents “Victorian Days.” Join in the fun of Victorian Days, something for all ages! Saturday will include a Tea for kids followed by a May Pole Dance, High Tea for adults, quilt show, and period demonstrations such as spinning, goat milk soap, blacksmithing and country store. Steampunk items and designs will be on display this year. Civil War encampments will be on the Island Saturday and Sunday. Riverboat and carriage rides will also be available. The time for this event is 10-5pm, and it takes place at Historic Downtown Grand Ledge, Island Park and the Grand Ledge Opera House. For more information, visit http://www.victoriandays.org/.

Purse Party Bingo

When: Thu May 11 2017
Where: Grand Ledge
The Grand Ledge Area Historical Society presents “Purse Party Bingo.” There will be at least 15 bingo games with 15 beautiful purses as the bingo prizes, including one vintage purse from the Salvage Yard. These purses have a retail value of at least $40 and many are designer purses. There are lots of great door prizes too. Come support the Historical Society and have a great time too! The time for this event is Doors open at 6pm with play beginning at 6:30pm., and it takes place at Grand Ledge Opera House. For more information, visit www.gdledgehistsoc.org.

MACD Summer Conference

When: Mon June 5 2017 - Wed June 7 2017
Where: Bay City
The Michigan Association of Conservation Districts Summer Conference is an event which brings together Michigan Conservation District staff and board members from throughout the state along with representatives from state and federal agencies, and conservation partners. The event provides a robust schedule of technical sessions which directly addresses the needs of employees involved in specific programs. In addition, there is a full complement of sessions specifically designed to help build the skills of District directors and managers. The event will be held at the Double Tree Hotel in Bay City, Michigan. For more information or to register visit: http://macd.org/summer-conference-2017-home

R.E. Olds Transportation Museum Car Capital Auto Show

When: Sat July 29 2017
Where: Lansing
The R.E. Olds Transportation Museum presents “R.E. Olds Transportation Museum Car Capital Auto Show.” The R.E. Olds Transportation Museum’s annual car show celebrates our city’s rich automotive history! See vehicles from the 1900s to 2017. Free family fun with live music and vendors on the streets of downtown Lansing. The State Capitol Building, serving as a backdrop for this fun filled day, will be open for free tours. The Historical Society of Greater Lansing will also be doing a free walking tour at noon downtown to automotive related sites. In its 25th year, this is a family friendly show not to be missed! The event takes place at Michigan State Capitol Building. For more information, call 517-372-0529 or visit: CarCapitalAutoShow.org.

144th Annual State History Conference

When: Fri September 28 2018 - Sun September 30 2018
Where: Mt Pleasant
The State History Conference moves to a different location in the Lower Peninsula each year. This conference celebrates all aspects of Michigan’s history and offers a close-up look at the heritage of the host area. The State History Awards are also presented during the conference. Each year, the Historical Society of Michigan presents a State History Award to those individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the appreciation and understanding of Michigan history. The State History Conference offers… • Four keynotes that cover a wide range of popular topics, including sessions that explore the host area’s heritage • 12 breakout sessions, 4 workshops, and 4 tours • President’s Reception, State History Awards Banquet, and Closing Banquet • Exhibitors/vendors for attendees to visit • Networking opportunities Come see what all the excitement is about! For more information call 517-324-1828 or visit hsmichigan.org


Quilted Conversations: Materializing Civil and Human Rights

When: Mon January 16 2017 - Sun July 9 2017
Where: East Lansing
The Michigan State University Museum presents "Quilted Conversations: Materializing Civil and Human Rights." Through community created quilt blocks and quilts from the MSU Museum's collection, the "Quilted Conversations" exhibit demonstrates how creativity can foster community building, civic dialogue, and ultimately civic engagement. It connects contemporary community efforts with Martin Luther King's work with communities. For more information, call (517) 355-2370 or visit museum.msu.edu.

Historical Society of Michigan 5815 Executive Drive Lansing, MI 48911
Email hsm@hsmichigan.org | Phone (517) 324-1828 | Fax (517) 324-4370

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