Starting in May, Lansing-area families and visitors can experience a special program every Saturday at the Michigan Historical Center. Programs are being added on the third and fourth Saturdays of the month to supplement the popular “Second Saturday” and “Story Circle” (first Saturday) programs that will continue at the Michigan Historical Museum.
Third and fourth Saturdays will feature two different programs that will switch off each month. The third Saturday programs are:
History a la Carte – This program will be offered May 17, July 19, Sept. 20 and Nov. 15. It will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and feature staffed stations set up around the museum for visitors to get a closer look at artifacts, historic photographs and more.
Picture Perfect – This program will be offered June 21, Aug. 16 and Dec. 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to bring their cameras or smartphones to shoot photos around the museum, including “selfies” that can be posted to the Michigan Historical Museum Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MichiganHistoricalMuseum or on visitors’ own social media (remember to tag the museum). There will be informal photo contests and special “flash allowed” spots in certain places in the museum’s permanent exhibits.
The fourth Saturday programs are:
History Live – This program will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 24, July 26, Sept. 27 and Nov. 22. Costumed interpreters portraying Michiganders from various periods in Michigan history will be on hand to tell their stories and interact with guests.
History Gamers – Offered on June 28, Aug. 23, Oct. 25 and Dec. 27, this program will feature several historic games, such as jacks and hopscotch, and allow visitors to explore historic toys and board games. The program will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and visitors can drop in any time during that period.
For a complete schedule of all Saturday programs at the museum, go to www.michigan.gov/museum.
The museum and visitor parking are located at 702 W. Kalamazoo St., one block east of M. L. King Jr. Boulevard. Weekend parking is free. Saturday programs are included in the cost of admission. The museum is air-conditioned for visitors’ comfort in the summer.
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 www.michigan.gov/michiganhistory.
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 www.michigan.gov/dnr.
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