Michigan history http://wkar.org en Original state fairgrounds site of diverse Michigan history http://wkar.org/post/original-state-fairgrounds-site-diverse-michigan-history <p></p><p></p><p>A couple of months ago, <em>Current State’s </em>Scott Pohl visited the president of the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mhc/0,4726,7-282-65121_61084_62918---,00.html" target="_blank">Michigan Historical Commission</a>&nbsp;Jack Dempsey in Detroit’s Capitol Park to discuss his book on the park’s historical significance. We liked the result so much that we’ve sent Scott back to Detroit, where Dempsey showed him a few more historical spots. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:20:15 +0000 Scott Pohl 56358 at http://wkar.org Original state fairgrounds site of diverse Michigan history Civil Rights Act at 50: Michigan was a pioneer http://wkar.org/post/civil-rights-act-50-michigan-was-pioneer <p></p><p></p><p>On Friday, our nation celebrates its 238th birthday. But today, America is also observing the passage of one of the most significant laws ever crafted in its history.&nbsp; On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The law that forbids discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin was born in an era of violence and intolerance in America. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:01:13 +0000 Mark Bashore & Kevin Lavery 56105 at http://wkar.org Civil Rights Act at 50: Michigan was a pioneer What happened to Northwest Flight 2501? http://wkar.org/post/what-happened-northwest-flight-2501 <p></p><p></p><p>On June 24th, 1950, Northwest Airlines Flight 2501 left New York City for Seattle. The state of the art DC-4 aircraft was to stop in Minneapolis for refueling, before proceeding to the west coast. Monitoring the plane in threatening weather over Lake Michigan, air controllers lost track of the flight. The aircraft was never recovered, nor were any passengers or crew. Further wreckage discovered some days later indicated a total loss. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:37:04 +0000 Peter Whorf 55697 at http://wkar.org What happened to Northwest Flight 2501? Symposium highlights Michigan's role in modern architecture http://wkar.org/post/symposium-highlights-michigans-role-modern-architecture <p></p><p>The history of 20th century design in Michigan isn’t just about automobiles. After World War II, Michigan was a hub for architects who broke away from the neo-classical shapes inspired by ancient Greece and Rome. The era of modern architecture lasted about 30 years and produced many structures still seen today. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 17:53:59 +0000 Kevin Lavery 55522 at http://wkar.org Symposium highlights Michigan's role in modern architecture Owosso Train Expo celebrates planes, trains and cars http://wkar.org/post/owosso-train-expo-celebrates-planes-trains-and-cars <p>The sound of trains can be commonly heard in Owosso. This weekend, steam whistles will be added to the clickety-clack of steel wheels during the Steam Railroading Institute’s <a href="http://www.mstrp.com" target="_blank">Train Expo 2014</a>. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 15:38:00 +0000 Scott Pohl 55348 at http://wkar.org Owosso Train Expo celebrates planes, trains and cars Ahead on Current State: Michigan Remembers D-Day http://wkar.org/post/ahead-current-state-michigan-remembers-d-day <p><strong>Fri. June 6 - 9am - 90.5 WKAR | </strong>Today's Generation Honors the Greatest Generation. Current State from WKAR presents a special 30-minute audio documentary commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 18:21:17 +0000 Peter Whorf 54657 at http://wkar.org Ahead on Current State: Michigan Remembers D-Day Place-making with historic preservation http://wkar.org/post/place-making-historic-preservation <p></p><p>Historic preservation stakeholders from across the state are convening in Jackson, Michigan this week for the annual <a href="http://www.mhpn.org/" target="_blank">Michigan Historic Preservation Network</a> conference. The network works to recognize and conserve Michigan’s architectural culture. Fri, 16 May 2014 15:56:41 +0000 Emanuele Berry & Mark Bashore 53783 at http://wkar.org Place-making with historic preservation Tiny Detroit park home to state's original capitol http://wkar.org/post/tiny-detroit-park-home-states-original-capitol <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-a7b734ae-ad8d-e465-1a74-69b19bda6eff" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a7b734ae-ad8e-55d1-2f6b-e29df78fb355" style="font-size:16px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">A new book by Jack Dempsey tells the story of Detroit’s historic <a href="https://historypress.net/catalogue/bookstore/books/Capitol-Park/9781626193741">Capitol Park</a>. It’s the site of Michigan’s first capitol building, and the state’s first governor is buried there. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:58:31 +0000 Scott Pohl 52921 at http://wkar.org Tiny Detroit park home to state's original capitol New book chronicles Lansing's First Family http://wkar.org/post/new-book-chronicles-lansings-first-family <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-88e054d3-93db-17d6-548a-7774305c6f1c" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Take a drive through Lansing Township north of the Capitol, and you’re likely to pass by a stately Classical Revival-style mansion. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:54:40 +0000 Mark Bashore & Kevin Lavery 52686 at http://wkar.org New book chronicles Lansing's First Family Book chronicles Michigander's role in woman's suffrage http://wkar.org/post/book-chronicles-michiganders-role-womans-suffrage <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">March is Women’s History Month, and <em>Current State’s</em> Scott Pohl&nbsp;talks with the author of a new book about one Michigan woman's role in America’s suffrage movement.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Anna Howard Shaw was born in England in 1847. Her family moved to America and she grew up in Michigan. After an isolated farm upbringing, Shaw enrolled at Albion College, which became a springboard to a life as a minister and medical school studies in Boston, and ultimately to work in the reform movements of that era.</span></p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 16:10:46 +0000 Scott Pohl 50113 at http://wkar.org Book chronicles Michigander's role in woman's suffrage Ex-German POW to share story at Statehood Day event http://wkar.org/post/ex-german-pow-share-story-statehood-day-event <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>On January 26th, 1837, Michigan was admitted as the 26th state to the Union. The Michigan Historical Museum is celebrating our state’s 177th birthday with its annual <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/som/0,4669,7-192-29907-108906--,00.html">Michigan Statehood Day</a> planned for tomorrow. The celebration is also centered around the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 16:29:20 +0000 Current State 48381 at http://wkar.org Ex-German POW to share story at Statehood Day event Grand Ledge church looks to solve time capsule mystery http://wkar.org/post/grand-ledge-church-looks-solve-time-capsule-mystery <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Earlier this year, as part of its centennial celebration, members of the <a href="http://www.trinitypeople.org/">Trinity Episcopal Church</a> in Grand Ledge removed a time capsule that had been placed in the cornerstone all the way back in 1912. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 16:07:51 +0000 Current State 46517 at http://wkar.org Grand Ledge church looks to solve time capsule mystery Fifty-five years later, remembering the shipwrecked SS Carl Bradley http://wkar.org/post/fifty-five-years-later-remembering-shipwrecked-ss-carl-bradley <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The sinking of the <a href="http://www.carldbradley.org/">SS Carl D. Bradley</a> claimed the lives of 33 crewmembers on Lake Michigan. The Bradley wreck doesn’t get talked about as much as the Edmund Fitzgerald does, but it is a story worth remembering. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 15:32:15 +0000 Current State 45467 at http://wkar.org Fifty-five years later, remembering the shipwrecked SS Carl Bradley Lansing leaders inducted into Michigan Women's Hall of Fame http://wkar.org/post/lansing-leaders-inducted-michigan-womens-hall-fame <p></p><p></p><p>Tonight, the <a href="http://www.michiganwomenshalloffame.org/hc/">Michigan Women&rsquo;s Hall of Fame</a> in Lansing will induct six new nominees to its ranks.&nbsp; Two are high-profile women from Lansing. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 16:46:44 +0000 Current State 43907 at http://wkar.org Lansing leaders inducted into Michigan Women's Hall of Fame Beyond the Edmund Fitzgerald: Museum highlights Great Lakes natural disasters http://wkar.org/post/beyond-edmund-fitzgerald-museum-highlights-great-lakes-natural-disasters <p></p><p></p><p>At the Michigan Historical Museum in Lansing, a new exhibit called <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-54463_18595_18596-286200--,00.html">&ldquo;Lake Effects&rdquo;</a> examines the state&rsquo;s weather history, including the state&rsquo;s worst natural disasters. Mon, 07 Oct 2013 16:56:41 +0000 Current State 43417 at http://wkar.org Beyond the Edmund Fitzgerald: Museum highlights Great Lakes natural disasters Biography explores Gerald Ford's early years http://wkar.org/post/biography-explores-gerald-fords-early-years <p>Gerald Ford was the only President who came from Michigan. Biographer <a href="http://www.hendrikbooraemv.com/works.htm">Rick Boorem</a> focuses on a time of President Ford&rsquo;s life far removed from the pressures of the Presidency.&nbsp; His book is called <a href="http://www.eerdmans.com/Products/6942/young-jerry-ford.aspx">&lsquo;Young Jerry Ford, Athlete and Citizen.&rsquo;</a> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 15:15:59 +0000 Current State 43073 at http://wkar.org Biography explores Gerald Ford's early years Debunking the myth of Lansing as 'Biddle City' http://wkar.org/post/debunking-myth-lansing-biddle-city <p dir="ltr" style="margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-3f6bc5e7-27b2-08d9-6516-bbde3c51a42c" style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="line-height: 1.15; font-size: 16px; font-family: Georgia; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The Wikipedia page for Lansing, Mich. reads that</span><span style="background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 14.545454025268555px;"> </span></span><span style="line-height: 1.15;"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Georgia; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">"in </span></span><span style="line-height: 1.15; font-size: 16px; font-family: Georgia; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">the winter of 1835 and early 1836, two brothers from </span><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York" style="line-height: 1.15;"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Georgia; color: rgb(11, 0, 128); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">New York</span></a><span style="line-height: 1.15; font-size: 16px; font-family: Georgia; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> plotted the area now known as </span><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/REO_Town" style="line-height: 1.15;"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Georgia; color: rgb(11, 0, 128); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">REO Town</span></a><span style="line-height: 1.15; font-size: 16px; font-family: Georgia; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> just south of </span><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Downtown_Lansing" style="line-height: 1.15;"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Georgia; color: rgb(11, 0, 128); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">downtown Lansing</span></a><span style="line-height: 1.15; font-size: 16px; font-family: Georgia; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> and named it 'Biddle City.' All of this land lay in a floodplain and was underwater during the majority of the year. Regardless, the brothers went back to New York, specifically </span><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lansing_(town),_New_York" style="line-height: 1.15;"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Georgia; color: rgb(11, 0, 128); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Lansing, New York</span></a><span style="line-height: 1.15; font-size: 16px; font-family: Georgia; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">, to sell plots for the town that did not exist.”<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre;"> </span><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre;"> </span><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre;"> </span><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre;"> </span><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre;"> </span><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre;"> </span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-3f6bc5e7-27b2-08d9-6516-bbde3c51a42c"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Georgia; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">This story may sound familiar to many, but it turns out it’s not true. David Votta, </span><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Georgia; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Community Engagement Librarian at the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services, sat down with </span></span><em><span style="font-family: Georgia; font-size: 16.363636016845703px; white-space: pre-wrap;">Current State’s </span></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Emanuele</span><span style="font-family: Georgia; font-size: 16.363636016845703px; white-space: pre-wrap;"> Berry to debunked the myth of Lansing’s foundation. </span></p><p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 17:46:38 +0000 Current State 42372 at http://wkar.org Debunking the myth of Lansing as 'Biddle City' Remembering the American victory at the Battle of Lake Erie http://wkar.org/post/remembering-american-victory-battle-lake-erie <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">For the United States, the War of 1812 took a turn for the better on this date 200 years ago. American naval forces defeated the British in The Battle of Lake Erie. The victory secured the lake and ensured that Michigan and Ohio would remain the sovereign territory of the U.S.A.</span></p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 18:48:12 +0000 Current State 42050 at http://wkar.org Remembering the American victory at the Battle of Lake Erie Message in a bottle draws attention to Harsens Island_New http://wkar.org/post/message-bottle-draws-attention-harsens-islandnew <p>Almost 100 years ago, two young girls enjoying their summer on Harsens Island scrawled a note, stuck it in a glass bottle and threw it in the St. Clair River. Early last month, Bernard Licata , President of the <a href="http://www.stewartfarm.org/hiscfhs">Harsens Island/St. Clair Flats Historical Society</a>, was contacted about the bottle after a diver stumbled across it. Licata share this remarkable piece of history with Current State.</p><p></p><p></p><p><br>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 15:56:58 +0000 Current State 39349 at http://wkar.org Gettysburg 150th: Michigan's role in the Civil War Part 2 http://wkar.org/post/gettysburg-150th-michigans-role-civil-war-part-2 <p>This week marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the turning point of the U.S. Civil War.&nbsp; The <a href="http://museum.msu.edu">MSU Museum</a> is observing Michigan's involvement in the conflict between North and South.&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://history.msu.edu/people/faculty/roger-rosentreter/">Roger Rosentreter</a>, professor of history at Michigan State University, discusses the exhibit, "Michigan and the Civil War."</p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 18:06:17 +0000 Current State 38512 at http://wkar.org Gettysburg 150th: Michigan's role in the Civil War Part 2 Early Michigan history and 'The Boy Governor' Stevens T. Mason http://wkar.org/post/early-michigan-history-and-boy-governor-stevens-t-mason <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Stevens T. Mason is a familiar name for anyone who knows their Michigan history. &nbsp;Mason, also known as the state’s so-called “boy governor," squeezed a lot of accomplishments in his 32 years. &nbsp;At the age of only 19, Mason became the secretary of the Michigan Territory in 1831. Just three years later, he became its governor, and led the process of Michigan becoming a state.</span></p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 17:36:44 +0000 Current State 38271 at http://wkar.org Early Michigan history and 'The Boy Governor' Stevens T. Mason Michigan Historical Commission celebrates centennial http://wkar.org/post/michigan-historical-commission-celebrates-centennial <p>A little known state agency is celebrating an important milestone today.&nbsp; The <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-54463_54465_62045---,00.html">Michigan Historical Commission</a> is holding its 100th anniversary meeting in Lansing.&nbsp; The commission is the group responsible for the more than 1,700 green and gold <a href="http://www.michmarkers.com/">historic markers</a> scattered across the state.&nbsp; It’s also heavily involved in the ongoing sesquicentennial of Michigan’s role in the <a href="http://seekingmichigan.org/civil-war">Civil War</a>.&nbsp; The chair of the Michigan Historical Commision, Jack Dempsey, spoke with <em>Current State</em> host Mark Bashore about the importance of preserving Michigan’s history. Wed, 08 May 2013 17:18:52 +0000 Current State 35513 at http://wkar.org Michigan commemorates the War of 1812 http://wkar.org/post/michigan-commemorates-war-1812 <p>Then still just a frontier territory, Michigan was the site of many important battles during the War of 1812.&nbsp;</p><p>The Michigan War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission meets today to discuss commemorations of historic events from the war. &nbsp;</p><p>Susan Clark, director of the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-54463_18595_18596---,00.html">Michigan History Museum</a>, recounts local turning points in the war and tells us what events are planned.</p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 19:22:54 +0000 Current State 32500 at http://wkar.org Michigan commemorates the War of 1812 Current State #33 | February 27, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-33-february-27-2013 <p><br>Today on <em>Current State: </em>Spartan women's basketball coach Suzy Merchant; author Winona LaDuke on Native American struggles with the U.S. military; the unsolved murder that changed Michigan politics; opera star Renee Fleming; and <em>Neighbors in Action </em>features Lansing's Box 23.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 20:54:03 +0000 Current State 31863 at http://wkar.org Current State #33 | February 27, 2013 The unsolved murder that changed Michigan politics forever http://wkar.org/post/unsolved-murder-changed-michigan-politics-forever <p></p><p>Before the assassination of State Senator Warren Hooper in 1945, corruption in Michigan politics was the norm, not the exception. While it remains unsolved,&nbsp; the Hooper hit, which was widely believed to be the work of Detroit’s infamous Purple Gang, ushered in a crackdown on corruption and altered the political climate in Lansing for good.</p><p><a href="http://williamcwhitbeck.com/">Bill Whitbeck</a>, a Michigan Court of Appeals judge and the author of the 2010 novel “To Account for Murder,” which is based on Hooper’s death, recounts the story.</p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 18:56:53 +0000 Current State 31851 at http://wkar.org The unsolved murder that changed Michigan politics forever