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Michigan Historical Center's Jan. 25 Statehood Day program honors Michigan in World War II

Contact: Sandra Clark, 517-373-6362 or Ed Golder, 517-335-3014
Agency: Natural Resources

Jan. 16, 2014

The Michigan Historical Center will celebrate Statehood Day on Saturday, Jan. 25, with a day of activities highlighting the 70th anniversary of World War II's D-Day and Michigan's role in the war. Michigan joined the Union as the nation's 26th state on Jan. 26, 1837. Admission to the museum for Statehood Day is free, courtesy of Jackson National Life. Activities will start at 10 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m.

Activities include:

  • A children's opportunity to learn about the physics of flight by designing and testing their own paper planes.
  • A children's "paratrooper" activity that will let children test their parachute-dropping skills - will they hit the beach or land in the ocean?
  • Several hands-on artifacts tables set up throughout the museum.
  • Costumed interpreters, including Rosie the Riveter, who will talk about life on the homefront during the war.
  • An opportunity to talk to veterans of WW II about their experiences.
  • A look at rare documents in the Archives of Michigan that relate to statehood, including Michigan's first constitution and a letter from President Andrew Jackson.

Visitors can also check out the new special exhibit, Lake Effects - an investigation of the history and science of Michigan's weather - while visiting the Michigan Historical Center for Statehood Day.

The museum and visitor parking are on the north side of Kalamazoo Street, two blocks east of M. L. King Jr. Boulevard. Weekend parking is free.

The Michigan Historical Center is part of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. 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

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to

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