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Michigan bound passengers aboard Titanic focus of lecture in Flint


Nearly 70 passengers aboard the Titanic were heading for Michigan.

Their stories are the focus of a lecture this Thursday at the Sloan Museum in Flint.

The Great Lakes Titanic Connection is hosting the lecture.

Margaret Micoff is the president of the Titanic connection.

“In it’s own way, through us, we’ll also help the younger generations that’s coming up realize that these were people who were alive that had dreams and everything else, if you can touch on that, if you can get them to really feel deeply about something like that, then possibly, just possibly, we can get them to feel deeply about their ancestors.”

Micoff said historians and group members will talk about Michigan bound Titanic passengers, and the history of the famous shipwreck.

“We like to preserve the memories of the passengers. We’d love to preserve them all, but we’re geared toward the Michigan passengers at the present.”

Micoff said the organization is raising money to create the state’s first Titanic memorial in Marine City.

The lecture is scheduled to begin at 7 pm, at the Sloan Museum, 1221 E. Kearsley St Flint, MI 48503.

PBS WWII history documentary being shown in Traverse City this weekend

Photo courtesy: PBS

Photo courtesy: PBS

History that was largely forgotten is now resurfacing in the form of a documentary on PBS.

Heroes on Deck focuses on the history of World War II aircraft carriers found at the bottom of Lake Michigan and the pilots that trained on them.

The Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum is planning to pre-screen the film before it airs on PBS. Continue reading

Central Michigan University speaker recalls a long path to storytelling

gayle-rossRenown storyteller Gayle Ross will speak on the campus of CMU about historic efforts of Native Americans to receive fair treatment, from George Washington to George W.

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A federal grant will help ensure Michigan history isn’t lost to the ages


The Houghton Lake Area Historical Society has been awarded close to $2,000 to help open historical records to the public.

The grant is from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. Continue reading

‘On The Map’ discovers hidden masterpieces in Clare


A piece of history – actually four pieces of history – are hidden, in plain sight, on the walls of the Clare Middle School.

Four giant murals adorn the walls of the Clare Middle School auditorium, and they have been there since 1938 when the building was the high school. Continue reading

New Great Lakes cruise liner to embark this summer

Above is the M.S. Saint Laurent's expected travel route from Montreal to Chicago. Graphic courtesy of the Great Lakes Cruise Company.

Above is the M.S. Saint Laurent’s expected travel route from Montreal to Chicago. Graphic courtesy of the Great Lakes Cruise Company.

Cruises across the Great Lakes are slowly becoming a part of the region’s culture, and new offerings are promising travelers a journey not just across the lakes, but also through time.
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CMU students help to preserve shipwreck artifacts

Central Michigan University students ventured north as volunteers this weekend at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

They spent their weekend in Alpena through the University’s Alternative Breaks program.

Students from various fields and majors gained hands-on experience working with shipwreck artifacts that help tell the tale of our region’s history.

Stephanie Gandulla is media and outreach coordinator for the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

She said, “With those shipwrecks there are literally thousands of artifacts that are collected here at the sanctuary. So there’s a lot of work that goes into maintaining such an important collection. You’ve got to clean the artifacts, and perpetually really preserve them and conserve them. And then we also put them on display in our visitor’s centers. The CMU students are going to play a role in all of those aspects of artifact conservation and preservation.”

Gandulla said the students will also partake in an underwater robot build.

She said the team building exercise is meant to engage students in science, technology, engineering and mathematic principles.