Recognizing Michigan’s State Symbols

On March 3, 1955 (65 years ago), the eastern white pine tree (Pinus Strobus, also known as a “soft pine”) was adopted as the official State Tree of Michigan. This conifer tree can be found in almost every county of the Upper and Lower Peninsula, typically growing in mixed forests and sandy plains. Click here to learn more about this and the other Michigan State Symbols.

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A President’s Day Digital Tour of Grand Rapids with Pure Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford

Ford was the only U.S. president to hail from Michigan and now, decades after his service, his legacy is being celebrated in a new digital way.  The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation has partnered with Midland, Michigan-based Map-N-Tour to develop a web and mobile app to educate and entertain visitors on a self- guided tour of sites around Grand Rapids that help tell the Ford story.

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“Michigan’s Ghostly Beacons” Scheduled Throughout the Fall Season at Libraries Statewide

For nearly 20 years, Dianna Stampfler has been speaking about Michigan’s lighthouses, their keepers and their ghosts. This fall, she will present a series of free programs called “Michigan’s Ghostly Beacons” at libraries around the state.

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Mackinac State Historic Parks Celebrates Longest-Running Archaeological Dig in American History

In 1959, the Mackinac Island State Park Commission contracted with Michigan State University to carry out a season of excavation, which has continued every summer since, turning into one of the longest ongoing archaeological digs in North America. This summer, Mackinac State Historic Parks’ archaeological program began its 60th consecutive season of work at Colonial Michilimackinac, in Mackinaw City, on Friday, May 24, with the cleaning and preparation of the dig site, and the kicked-off in full on June 4.

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Celebrating Michigan’s Irish Communities

Irish immigration to Michigan dates back to the early 1800s, with a heavy increase between 1845 and 1855 during a period of famine in Ireland, lasting well into the 1920s. Starting first in Detroit, the Irish made their way north and westward, landing throughout both the Lower and Upper Peninsulas where they found work in factories, fishing villages and copper mines. Nearly one-third of Michigan’s foreign-born population was from Ireland in 1870. Today, only about 10% of the state’s 9.9 million population is of Irish descent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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St. Julian Winery Introduces Michcato Wines to Celebrate Michigan Wine Month and the Pure Michigan Summer of 2017

May is “Michigan Wine Month” and with a Pure Michigan summer just around the corner, St. Julian—the state’s oldest, continually-operating winery—introduces its two latest wines to celebrate both occasions. Michcato and Sunset Michcato will be available beginning May 1 at retail outlets around Michigan.

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Veterans Day Concludes Strong Foundations, New Possibilities – Chelsea’s Community-Wide Historic WWI Centennial Exhibition

For the past three-and-a-half months, the community of Chelsea in northwest Washtenaw County, has proudly displayed 36 unique banners throughout town as part of the historic interpretation installation World War I Centennial: Strong Foundations, New Possibilities.

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Chelsea Uses Technology to Tell its Local World War I Historic Stories

The 36 historic banners that make up the Chelsea District Library’s community-wide historic interpretation installation, World War I Centennial: Strong Foundations, New Possibilities, have found a digital home at MapMe—a publishing platform that allows for the mapping of sites and sharing of stories.

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Harbor Springs Historical Society to Host Club Ponytail Reunion Party on August 25 at Nub’s Nob

The Harbor Springs Area Historical Society invites you to relive the glory days of northern Michigan’s most popular teen club at Club Ponytail: A Reunion Party on Thursday, August 25 at Nub’s Nob. The Harbor Springs Area Historical Society invites you to relive the glory days of northern Michigan’s most popular teen club at Club Ponytail: A Reunion Party on Thursday, August 25, 2016 beginning at 5:30 pm. Held at Nub’s Nob Ski Area, this throwback party of the summer will feature live music from The Boyfriends, an original Club Ponytail band.

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Promote Michigan Celebrates 12th Anniversary With Michigan-Themed Public Fundraiser at Downtown Market – Grand Rapids

To celebrate the last dozen years of business, Promote Michigan is hosting a public party to benefit the Educational Foundation of the Downtown Market – Grand Rapids on Thursday, August 18 (5-7 pm).

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Promote Michigan Celebrates 12th Anniversary With Michigan-Themed Public Fundraiser at Downtown Market – Grand Rapids

To celebrate the last dozen years of business, Promote Michigan is hosting a public party to benefit the Educational Foundation of the Downtown Market – Grand Rapids on Thursday, August 18 (5-7 pm).

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