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EVENTS

Reading the Great Lakes

When: Thu September 1 2016 - Fri September 1 2017 2017
Where: Grand Rapids
The Grand Rapids Public Library, Main Branch presents “Reading the Great Lakes.” Come explore the Lakes with us! We'll read a range of titles including mystery, history, fiction, and nonfiction all taking place in the Great Lakes region—from Chicago to Cleveland. This book club will be lead by our librarians and will take place the first Thursday of every month. Additional copies of the book are available to be checked out on Level 4 of the Main Library. September’s selection is Rez Life: An Indian's Journey Through Reservation Life by David Treuer. The event is scheduled from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Grand Rapids Public Library. Admission is free. For more information, call (616) 988-5400 or visit www.grpl.org/events.

Upstairs at the Infirmary: Stories from the Ottawa County Poor Farm

When: Wed January 25 2017 - Sat September 30 2017
Where: Grand Haven
The Tri-Cities Historical Museum presents "Upstairs at the Infirmary: Stories from the Ottawa County Poor Farm." This exhibit was collaborative effort between the Poor Farm Sesquicentennial Committee, Ottawa County Parks and Recreation, and the Tri-Cities Historical Museum to tell the stories of those that lived and worked at the Poor Farm in Eastmanville. Some of the stories from the Poor Farm are truly remarkable. How did a wealthy and prominent judge end up at the Poor Farm? How did a man suffering from amnesia finally learn his true identity after living at the Poor Farm for nearly six decades? How was an alcoholic saved by a beer? Upstairs at the Infirmary tells those stories and more. The exhibit will be displayed in the Mezzanine Gallery of the Akeley Building. For more information, call (616) 842-0700 or visit tri-citiesmuseum.org.

Michigan Lighthouse Festival 150th Anniversary Celebration

When: Fri August 25 2017 - Sun August 27 2017
Where: Ludington
Big Sable Point Lighthouse presents the “150th Anniversary Celebration of the Traveling Michigan Lighthouse Festival.” Hosted this year by the Sable Point Lighthouse Keepers Association’s Big Sable Point Lighthouse, the festival will include multiple vendors, musical guests, guest speakers, and dinner events for every lighthouse enthusiast. On August 25 a special dinner will be at the Stern’s Motor Inn, with special guest speaker Patricia Majher, author of “Ladies of the Lights.” Ric Mixter “The Storm” will be live in concert on August 26. The timing for this event ranges over the course of the festival, and it takes place throughout Ludington. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.michiganlighthousefestival.com.

34th annual Antique Engine and Tractor Show

When: Thu September 7 2017 - Sun September 10 2017
Where: South Haven
Along with the hundreds of old tractors and engines that will be on display, the four day event features parades, entertainment, a large outdoor flea market, auction and plenty of things for the kids to see. " A lot of our exhibitors have turned their displays into working demonstrations so that people especially kids can see how these old machines were once used,” said museum president Patrick Ingalls. “ One of the largest shows of its kind in the state, collectors from across the country attend the event each year bringing a wide assortment of antique farm machinery for visitors to see. If looking at old farm equipment is not your thing, there’s plenty of other things to do. The show features a large outdoor flea market with over 200 vendors, antique and garden tractor pulls, Thing-A-Ma-Jig parade, valve cover races and more. "We have a full schedule of activities" said Ingalls. "This is a family-friendly event and there are plenty of things for kids to do like look for wooden nickels in our Sawdust Pile hunt or play on the wooden tractor in The Barnyard which is our version of a playground." A favorite activity at the show is eating locally grown sweet corn cooked by a 1923 Nichols and Shepard steam traction engine that was made in Battle Creek. "Don’t let the long lines discourage you - it’s worth the wait," admitted Ingalls. “It is pretty tasty.” On the music line up includes high-energy, 50's & 60's Rock 'n' Roller Quentin Flagg on Friday and the southwest Michigan country band- the Bronk Bros. on Saturday. All evening shows start at 8:30 p.m. Throughout the show, there will be performances by folk singer Joe Foster, Casco Band and jam sessions for anyone who would like to play. Saturday is considered “Kid’s Day” at the show. Activities start with Valve Cover Races at 9:30 a.m. followed by Kiddies Pedal Pull at noon, a sawdust pile treasure hunt at 3:30 p.m. and the John Dudley Magic Show at 7 p.m. Tractor games will be held for those children who have access to riding lawn tractors, and returning for its seventh year will be the "Kids Night Time Lawn Tractor Cruise" at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. One of the popular activities for young and old is the “South Haven Tractor Cruise.” Scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, participants drive tractors of all makes and models into South Haven, cruise along the South Beach, and then stop downtown for an evening of dining and shopping. Gates open at 8 a.m. rain or shine. Admission to the show is $7. Children 12 and under are free with a paid adult admission. Thursday is Senior’s Day and admission is $3 for those 62 and over. This is a pet-free event for those paying admission. Rustic camping sites are available on a first-come basis. Cost is $10 per night plus daily admission per person. Pets are allowed with exhibitors, campers and vendors only. Personal transportation vehicles, such as golf carts caters and riding lawn mowers, will be charged a $15 registration fee. ATVs, dirt bikes and firearms are not permitted. For more information, contact 269-639-2010, michiganflywheelers@yahoo.com, or Facebook. A complete show schedule is available on Facebook or www.michiganflywheelers.org.

143rd Annual Meeting and State History Conference

When: Fri September 22 2017 - Sun September 24 2017
Where: Holland
The State History Conference moves to a different location in the Lower Peninsula each year. This conference celebrates all aspects of Michigan’s history and offers a close-up look at the heritage of the host area. The State History Awards are also presented during the conference. Each year, the Historical Society of Michigan presents a State History Award to those individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the appreciation and understanding of Michigan history. The State History Conference offers… • Four keynotes that cover a wide range of popular topics, including sessions that explore the host area’s heritage • 12 breakout sessions, 4 workshops, and 4 tours • President’s Reception, State History Awards Banquet, and Closing Banquet • Exhibitors/vendors for attendees to visit • Networking opportunities Come see what all the excitement is about! For more information call 517-324-1828 or visit hsmichigan.org

14th Michigan Railroad History Conference

When: Fri September 22 2017 - Sun September 24 2017
Where: Holland
The Conference will take place on Saturday, September 23 at the Maas Conference Center at Hope College. The event will be 9-5pm. Saturdays line up will include 11 speakers throughout the day. There will be two field trips during the weekend. Friday, September 22 field trip: Grand Rapids, Holland & Chicago Railway. Sunday, September 24 field trip: Railroading in Northern Ottawa County. For more information or registration visit www.michiganrailroadhistory.org

145th Annual State History Conference

When: Fri September 27 2019 - Sun September 29 2019
Where: Ludington
The State History Conference moves to a different location in the Lower Peninsula each year. This conference celebrates all aspects of Michigan’s history and offers a close-up look at the heritage of the host area. The State History Awards are also presented during the conference. Each year, the Historical Society of Michigan presents a State History Award to those individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the appreciation and understanding of Michigan history. The State History Conference offers… • Four keynotes that cover a wide range of popular topics, including sessions that explore the host area’s heritage • 12 breakout sessions, 4 workshops, and 4 tours • President’s Reception, State History Awards Banquet, and Closing Banquet • Exhibitors/vendors for attendees to visit • Networking opportunities Come see what all the excitement is about! For more information call 517-324-1828 or visit hsmichigan.org

EXHIBITS

Explorations in Archaeology

When: Wed March 1 2017 - Sat December 30 2017
Where: St. Joseph
The The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center presents “Evidence Found: Explorations in Archaeology.” This exhibit shows visitors that when it comes to digging up the past, “It’s not what you find, but what you find out!” The exhibit displays artifacts and findings from archaeological excavations across Southwest Michigan, and provides fun, hands-on activities to learn about the methods used by archaeologists. The time for this event is during Museum Open Hours, and it takes place at The Heritage Museum, 601 Main Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085. The exhibit offers Free Admission. For more information, call 269-983-1191 or visit http://www.theheritagemcc.org.

Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian

When: Sat March 11 2017 - Sun September 10 2017
Where: Muskegon
The Muskegon Museum of Art presents “Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian.” In Curtis’s 30-year desperate quest to document what he believed to be a “vanishing race,” he organized the greatest artistic collaboration ever, and left in its wake arguably history’s most celebrated photographic and ethnographic achievement. The rich and varied cultures of 80 different First Nation tribes, many of which survive today in 21st century America despite a half millennia of innumerable obstacles, are displayed in Curtis’s photographs. The time for this event is Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., with free admission 4 to 8 p.m., compliments of Meijer, and it takes place at 296 W. Webster Avenue, Muskegon, Michigan 49440. The cost is Adults: $10 Students 17 & over, with I.D.: $7 Children 16 & under: Free Muskegon Museum of Art Members: Free. For more information, call 231.720.2571 or visit http://www.muskegonartmuseum.org/edward-curtis-north-american-indian/.

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours

When: Fri June 2 2017 - Sun September 3 2017
Where: St. Joseph
The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center presents “St. Joe Lighthouse Tours.” This summer, the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center is offering walking tours and open hours at the St. Joseph Inner Light and Fog Signal Building. Stop by from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, Fridays and Saturdays, to learn about the history of these lights from volunteer guides. All tours and open hours are subject to cancellation due to weather conditions. Walking Tours begin at 10:00 am every Friday and Saturday. Open Hours from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm every Friday and Saturday. All times subject to cancellation due to weather., and it takes place at St. Joseph Inner Light & Fog Signal Building. Walking Tour tickets (book ahead of time): $12/adult, $7/child. Open Hours: free to explore first floor. Tower Climb tickets (sold on-site): $10/adult, $5/child. For more information, call (269) 983-1191 or visit stjoelighthousetours.org.
 

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