Michigan history

Henry Ford baseball photo
Courtesy photo / Lelands.com

A baseball signed by Henry Ford was discovered in a New Jersey couple’s attic. Along with Ford’s signature were signatures of some other Ford engineers and racing great Ralph DePalma. We speak with Josh Evans, the founder of Lelands.com , which is auctioning the ball on Friday.

Twelve Twenty-Five book cover image
MSU Press

Current State talks with author Kevin P. Keefe about his book on the Pere Marquette 1225 locomotive in Owosso.

Cemetery class photo
Darrin Silvester

We talk with a high school teacher whose classes have been exploring an abandoned cemetery for more than a decade.

This week, the Motown Museum in Detroit announced a $50-million dollar expansion project. We talk with the museum’s Chairwoman and CEO, Robin Terry, about their exciting plans.

Caitlyn Dial photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

This week, the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame will induct a new class of honorees. We’ll talk with the Hall’s Caitlyn Dial about the class of 2016.

Dr. Robert L. Green and Dr. Martin Luther King photo
Courtesy photo / Dr. Robert L. Green

Dr. Robert L. Green was a close associate of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights activists. We talk with distinguished alumnus and professor emeritus at MSU about civil rights then and today.

MSU Art History professor Susan Bandes has written a book on notable Lansing-area architecture called “Mid-Michigan Modern From Frank Lloyd Wright to Googie.” Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Bandes about this period in Michigan design.

Custer’s Last Stand is a staple of American history. The tragic tale of the massacre of the U.S. Army’s 7th Cavalry at the Battle of Little Big Horn is most closely associated with Gen. George Custer, but the soldier who grew up in Michigan was also known as a brilliant tactician who fought at Gettysburg. Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with author T.J. Stiles about Custer’s life and legacy.

Michigan Archaeology Day
Courtesy photo / Michigan State Historic Preservation Office

Michigan Archaeology Day takes place tomorrow in Lansing. We learn more from state archaeologist Dean Anderson.

Gary Randall photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

For close to 40 years, Gary Randall has worked in the state capitol, either a State Representative or the Clerk of the Michigan House . We talk with Randall about what he’s seen and what he’s learned from his many years an the capitol.

Detroit River channel photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Detroit has a rich shipbuilding heritage. For our final stop at Detroit historical sites for this summer, we talk with Jack Dempsey at Milliken State Park along the Detroit River.

UD Mercy clock tower photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

The University of Detroit Mercy campus is Scott Pohl’s next stop of historic Detroit sites with Jack Dempsey of the Michigan Historical Society . They visit a memorial to those who died serving their country during World War I.

Historic baseball photo
Peter Whorf / WKAR

Current State’s summer travel series continues today. WKAR’s Peter Whorf takes us to Dearborn for some living history.

The knife, the ax, the compass and the matchbox. Yooper Webster Marble said that’s all you need to go deep into the woods. A new Lansing exhibit “Inventing the Outdoors” takes us on a classic Michigan experience.

Wayne State University Press

Current State's Peter Whorf speaks with Dr. Charles Hyde, former Wayne State University professor and author of the 2014 book, "Images from the Arsenal of Democracy."

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