Celebrating Michigan’s Sesquicentennial Cities

In 1869, the State of Michigan was just 32 years old (statehood day was January 26, 1837…while President Thomas Jefferson had first created the Michigan Territory on January 11, 1805). The population at the time would have been over one million (the 1870 census reports 1,184,059…up 58.1% from the previous census in 1860 (at 749,113).

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Storyteller, Historian & Author Dianna Stampfler to Present 6 Lighthouse Themed Programs throughout eastern Upper Peninsula this June

Michigan storyteller, historian and author Dianna Stampfler will be traveling around the eastern Upper Peninsula mid-June to share stories from many of the state’s historic lighthouses. Michigan is home to more lighthouses (and freshwater coastline) than any other state and during her six entertaining and educational presentations, Stampfler will delve into the keepers’ lives.

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Lady Americana Midwest Supplies 400+ Beds for NEW Embassy Suites in Downtown Grand Rapids

When the 250-room upscale Embassy Suites Hilton Hotel opened in downtown Grand Rapids last week, each room was outfitted with a mattress and box springs handcrafted less than eight miles away, at Lady Americana Midwest.  In all, 90 King and 318 Queen Bed sets can be found within the 7-story hotel located at 710 N. Monroe, overlooking the Grand River. It is the first Embassy Suites in West Michigan and is under the management of Suburban Inns.

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Festival Celebrates Aldo Leopold

Imagine hiking wooded island trails and paddling the open waters of northern Lake Huron where America’s “father of wildlife ecology” and “founder of the conservation movement” explored as inquisitive youth. That’s what conservationists and nature lovers are planning May 30 through June 2 when they attend the third annual Aldo Leopold Festival in the Les Cheneaux Islands, including the communities of Cedarville and Hessel.

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Celebrating the Long Anticipated Arrival of Spring & Maple Sugaring Season in Pure Michigan

To celebrate the arrival of the season, the Michigan Maple Syrup Association and more than 30 of its members once again invite the public out to experience this unique craft during the 7th Annual Michigan Maple Syrup Weekend, scheduled from mid-March through early April across the state.

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The History Press Contracts with Dianna Stampfler of Promote Michigan for “Michigan’s Haunted Lighthouses” Book

Michigan is home to more lighthouses than any other state and some 30 of those are rumored to be haunted

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Michigan-Based Trio, The Strapping Owls, Launch Tour and Release Debut Album: Live Wire Soul

Saugatuck Center for the Arts to Host a Multi-Media Expression of Collaboration Kick-off Celebration on Friday, February 15, 2019 (Saugatuck,

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Seven Weeks and Counting…

It’s finally happening. My book is getting closer to publication every single day and it has recently appeared for pre-order on The History Press website and Amazon.com (AMAZON….OMG). Autographed copies will also be sold on this website in March. It’s also listed with the popular book review site, GoodReads.com. It’s surreal…to say the least.

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New Michigan Wine Magazine to Debut March 1

Michigan will have a new wine magazine. Dedicated mostly to Michigan wines, the digital, quarterly publication — michiganUncorked — will be sent electronically to those who subscribe via the website: michiganuncorked.com. The annual subscription rate is $9.99.

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Remembering 2018: A Year of Travel

What a year it has been! Right off the bat I crossed of “visiting the Upper Peninsula in winter” off my travel bucket list when we rang in the blustery cold New Year in downtown Marquette. It would be the first of seven trips to the UP throughout the year: snowmobiling and yurt camping in March; lighthouse touring, book research and a paranormal conference all in August; a beer fest and to volunteering for Michigan Cares for Tourism in Copper Harbor on the Keweenaw Peninsula in September.

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