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Michigan Day: May 6 at the Michigan History Center 


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Celebrate real things, real places and real stories of Michigan

Michigan Day is a new twist on a tradition that began more than 60 years ago. On Saturday, May 6, the Michigan History Center in Lansing debuts a new signature event celebrating our Michigan pride. Michigan Day features free admission, special guests, activities, hands-on explorations, demonstrations and make-and-take projects highlighting the full range of Michigan’s diverse history.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Michigan History Center, located at 702 W. Kalamazoo St. in downtown Lansing.

Although Michigan Day is new, the idea behind it is not. In 1950, a group of Michigan business leaders formed a task force to promote Michigan as a great place to live and start a business. Michigan Week was born out of the initiative and first celebrated in 1954. The inaugural celebration ended with the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Mackinac Bridge.

Costumed docents will represent all eras of Michigan history and run hands-on activities for visitors of all ages.

Costumed docents will represent all eras of Michigan history and run hands-on activities for visitors of all ages.

“We are honoring Michigan Week’s original mission of promoting pride in all things Michigan with this new Michigan History Center signature event,” said Michigan History Center Director Sandra Clark. “Our focus is always on getting people curious about Michigan and sharing its history in new and interesting exhibits, programs and activities. Michigan Day brings an incredible range of stories together for a fun, one-day extravaganza.”

Michigan Day is made possible with the key contributions of Michigan History Center volunteers, said Sara Gross, Michigan History Center volunteer coordinator and engagement specialist. “Our volunteers work hard year-round to develop amazing educational tools; Michigan Day shows off their many talents and skills!”

Michigan Day will have a special focus on the 60th anniversary year of the Mackinac Bridge, a tribute to that first Michigan Week celebration. Visitors can take part in a family-friendly bridge engineering activity and see original documents from the Mackinac Bridge Commission. Other Michigan Day highlights include:

  • Explore the storytelling and cultural objects of Michigan’s First Peoples with special guests Pokagon Band of Potawatomi.
  • Watch a Civil War artist sketch scenes – and maybe even take a sketch home with you.
  • Meet with Rosie the Riveter to learn about steel pennies and the Arsenal of Democracy and even hear a song.
  • Celebrate the birthday of one of Michigan’s most famous rockers and vote on your favorite tune.
  • Try your hand at making old-fashioned radio sound effects.
  • Say ‘hello’ to the Lansing Flotilla of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and learn about safety on the Great Lakes.
  • Visit the Library of Michigan and try your hand at a family-friendly paper craft featuring the beauty and history of the Water Wonder Land.
  • Learn about the Detroit 1967 Project with the Detroit Historical Society.
  • Take part in more than 20 other hands-on activities celebrating Michigan’s unique past and present.

Free admission for all visitors on Michigan Day is courtesy of the Docents Guild & Associates, the 501(c)3 organization that serves the Michigan History Center volunteer program. The sponsorship is in memory of Bill and Marilyn Cochran. Bill was an original member of the Mackinac Bridge Authority and served there for 16 years.

The Michigan History Center 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 History Center’s museum and archival programs foster curiosity, enjoyment and inspiration rooted in Michigan’s stories. The center includes the Michigan History Museum, 10 regional museums, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve, and the Archives of Michigan. Learn more at www.michigan.gov/michiganhistory.

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Mackinac Bridge Walk less than a week away


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 August 29, 2016 – Have you made plans for the annual Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk? If not, it’s coming up quick.

Gov. Rick Snyder will lead the expected 40,000 walkers across the 5-mile span beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, Sept. 5. Walkers can start across the bridge up until 11 a.m., and buses are available to bring walkers from Mackinaw City to St. Ignace for $5. All details on the walk are available on the Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA) website at www.mackinacbridge.org.

“Rain or shine, people love the annual bridge walk,” said MBA Executive Secretary Bob Sweeney. “It’s a great activity for friends and family, and an opportunity to take in the sights of the Straits area from a wonderful vantage point.”

For the fifth year in a row, the MBA and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) are asking the public to share their bridge walk experiences on social media with photos and videos. One person sharing their memories will be chosen at random to receive a once-in-a-lifetime tour to the top of the Mackinac Bridge. Memories can be posted on MDOT’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MichiganDOT, or on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #MightyMacWalk16. For contest details, go to the MDOT website: www.michigan.gov/mdot.

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The Post travels to Hessel Bay


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Jeffrey and Sherrie Peters, of Solon Township, took the Post with them on a trip to Hessel Bay, about 10 miles east of the Mackinac Bridge. “It’s a good getaway for anyone,” said Sherrie. “We just relaxed.” They commented that they have good restaurants and good fishing.

Thank you, Jeffrey and Sherrie, for taking us with you!

Are you going on vacation? Take the Post with you and snap some photos. Then send them to us with some info to news@cedarspringspost.com or mail them to Post travels, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. We will be looking for yours!

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Post travels across Mackinac Bridge


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On Labor Day, September 7, 2015, the Post walked across the Mackinac Bridge with Rose Hankins, her daughter Vickie Totten, and great-granddaughter, Addy Rose.

Great job to all of you, and thanks for taking us with you!

Are you going on vacation? Take the Post with you and snap some photos. Then send them to us with some info to news@cedarspringspost.com or mail them to Post travels, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. We will be looking for yours!

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Post travels to top of Mackinac Bridge


N-Post-travels1-top-Mackinac-Bridge-WallDean and Kristie Wall, owners of Dean’s Excavating in Sand Lake, attended a fundraiser at Frederik Meijer Gardens this past spring. At the auction there, they purchased a certificate allowing them the chance to go to the very top of the Mackinac Bridge. They said it’s an opportunity that only 100 people per year get to experience. They took a very small elevator most of the way up, then had to climb about 40 feet through a narrow tunnel, and came up through a hatch on the top of the bridge structure.

N-Post-travels2-top-of-Mackinac-Bridge-Wall“The view from the top was breathtaking!” said Kristie.

Thanks so much, Dean and Kristie, for taking us with you!

Are you going on vacation? Take the Post with you and snap some photos. Then send them to us with some info to news@cedarspringspost.com or mail them to Post travels, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. We will be looking for yours!

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Algoma woman chosen for annual bridge run


Tammy Dewey (l), of Algoma Township, and her daughter, Janna Miller, (r) after the Charlevoix 10K run

What started out as a way to keep her husband fit and healthy has turned into something more for a local runner.
Tammy Dewey,  of Algoma Township, will lead the way across the Mackinac Bridge at sunrise, along with nearly 400 other runners, before the traditional Mackinac Bridge Labor Day Walk  on Monday, September 5.
She was selected as one of the 400 runners in the Mackinac Bridge Labor Day Run lottery, and her inspiring story helped her to be chosen as one of 11 fitness ambassadors by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports. As a fitness ambassador, Dewey serves as a role model for health, fitness and physical activity to all Michigan residents.
Dewey, a respiratory therapist for Metron in Greenville and Cedar Springs, said she began running after her second husband, Dan, was diagnosed with the same cancer that had taken the life of her first husband. To keep her husband fit and healthy for a liver transplant, she began to exercise with him.
“He was walking the trail, and I was running back and forth,” she said.
Her husband received a liver transplant two years ago at University of Michigan and is now healthy. And Dewey is still running. She runs 25-35 miles weekly on nearby trails and tries to run at least one 5K or 10K race monthly. Dewey and her sister have also participated in the Fifth Third River Bank Run every year since 2007, which was Dewey’s first race.
This year, she set her sights on Mackinac. “I really wanted to run the Mackinac race this year,” said Dewey. She first had to run a qualifying race, then 400 participants were chosen through an online lottery drawing. She then was also chosen as a fitness ambassador. “It was kind of like a double whammy,” said Dewey. “I’m really excited—I’m working really hard for this.”
To sweeten the deal even more, her daughter, Janna Miller, 27, also was chosen through the lottery. “I really wanted to run it with her. We get to do it together,” she said.
Dewey also has a son, Jim Eddy, 30, and two grandchildren.
For more info on the Michigan Fitness Foundation, visit www.michiganfitness.org.

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