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Taking a glimpse into the past at Detroit’s Historic Fort Wayne

The year was 1841, and the United States faced another possible threat from Great Britain, the same nation from whom it had won freedom only 65 years ago, and who tried again to retake it 28 years prior. In August of this year, Congress appropriated hundreds of dollars to build a chain of forts from the East

Taking a glimpse into the past at Detroit’s Historic Fort Wayne2020-08-01T15:19:57-04:00

Legendary Dorothy Zehnder inducted into Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame

Once you meet Dorothy Zehnder, it’s hard to forget her. She may be a tad diminutive in stature, but she’s definitely not short on kindness, charm or energy. In fact, the 98-year young matriarch of the Zehnder family still works full time six days a week! She is the co-founder and co-owner of the Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn,

Legendary Dorothy Zehnder inducted into Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame2020-07-27T00:07:30-04:00

Examining the legacy of Selfridge Air Base

America’s Number One Hornet’s Nest. Home of Generals. Home of the MiG Killers. These are all nicknames for a historic military base in Michigan. The Selfridge Air National Guard Base, formerly known as Selfridge Field, has been an important training ground for our troops since World War I. Today, it hosts many of our nation’s military units,

Examining the legacy of Selfridge Air Base2020-07-02T11:13:42-04:00

The storied past of the Soo Locks and Michigan’s oldest city

Sault Ste. Marie is a beautiful city in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, located on the St. Mary’s River, and home to Lake Superior State University. It’s also not far from the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum and the picturesque sights of Tahquamenon Falls and Pictured Rocks. However, it is most famous for its Locks, which are an amazing feat

The storied past of the Soo Locks and Michigan’s oldest city2020-06-05T09:13:23-04:00

The life and times of Detroit’s beloved Belle Isle

Belle Isle is known to many in Michigan, especially those on the east side of the state, as a haven from the crowds of the big city. Located in the middle of the Detroit River, between the city of Detroit and Windsor, Canada, it is a 982-acre island park consisting of one main island and several surrounding

The life and times of Detroit’s beloved Belle Isle2020-05-06T15:00:59-04:00

Cuban treatment prompts Michigan men to fight in Spanish-American War

The Spanish American War is likely the least-known war in American history, and it’s no surprise, considering the fact that it didn’t even last a year. Needless to say, it did happen, starting in April of 1898 and Michigan led the way in many aspects of the war. In the 1890s, Cuba was under the rule of

Cuban treatment prompts Michigan men to fight in Spanish-American War2020-04-17T14:43:05-04:00

Pioneering aviator Michigan’s Harriet Quimby breaks barriers

All lives are molded, more or less, by our first teachings. True courtesy, sympathy, and sincerity are the most powerful factors for good in either home or public life.~Harriet Quimby March is Women’s History Month, so while researching a topic for this month, I began looking at notable women from the Mitten State. There are many illustrious

Pioneering aviator Michigan’s Harriet Quimby breaks barriers2020-04-17T14:44:27-04:00

125 reasons to visit Mackinac in 2020

While there’s hardly ever a reason not to visit Mackinac Island and the beautiful area that surrounds it, 2020 presents a particularly magical opportunity. Mackinac State Historic Parks is turning 125 this year and, as such, its team has created 125 days of events throughout the 2020 season, spread across its family of sites and parks. Many

125 reasons to visit Mackinac in 20202020-03-04T13:35:35-05:00

The founding of Holland, Michigan

Beaches. Lighthouses. Tulip Time. Dutch Village and Windmill Island. Hope College. The birth of WWJD Bracelets. City of Churches. The Felt House. Civic Theatre. An awesome Civil War muster in the fall at Van Raalte Park. Most Michiganders know the city that includes all of these things--Holland. Located on the shores of Lake Macatawa and just minutes

The founding of Holland, Michigan2020-03-04T13:42:16-05:00

Southern Michigan and the War of 1812

As alluded to in last month’s article regarding Mackinac Island, the War of 1812 has more than a few conundrums like being named after one year, and lasting for more than two. The primary reason for the war, impressment of American sailors, ceased to be an issue before the war officially began. Remarkably, the biggest battle occurred

Southern Michigan and the War of 18122020-01-15T15:25:53-05:00
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