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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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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2019 Milestone Celebrations

Many noted Michigan businesses, attractions, events and communities (including Promote Michigan, founded in 2004) are celebrating milestone years this year. This year, the big anniversary celebration focuses on Michigan’s State Parks, which were formally organized in 1919. Please feel free to share others we may have missed by emailing promotemichigan@gmail.com.

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Pure Michigan’s Iconic Pop Culture

The Faygo Book is the social history of a company that has forged a bond with a city and its residents for more than a century. The story of Faygo, Detroit’s beloved soda pop, begins over a hundred years ago with two Russian immigrant brothers who were looking to get out of the baking business. Released this fall from Wayne State University Press, this 136-page book ($24.99) is a must for anyone interested in Michigan history, industry, innovation and pop culture (pun intended).

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