The Lorenzo Cultural Center welcomes field trips and group tours and provides the resources below for teachers. Call 586.445.7348 to plan your trip.

Current Program Series

Tall Tales and Folklore: Exploring Michigan's Traditional Stories
March 1 - May 6, 2017

Click here to read the panel text created for this exhibit. 


The Legend of Sleeping Bear
From: Sleeping Bear Press
Subjects: English Language Arts
Grades: K-5
Find a variety of lessons and activities related to the Kathy-Jo Wargin version of the Legend of Sleeping Bear, including English Language Arts worksheets and coloring pages.

Rouse Simmons Christmas Ship
From: Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education
Subjects: Social Studies, English Language Arts
Grades: 3
In this lesson, students will explore history and story to identify reasons why the Rouse Simmons was carrying a cargo of Christmas trees, compare and contrast versions of its sinking from articles, stories, and songs, and then write a story or article based on what they learned.

Anishinabeg Oral Traditions
From: Detroit Historical Society
Subjects: Social Studies, English Language Arts
Grades: 3
This lesson helps third grade students understand the life and culture of the Native Americans that lived in Michigan before the arrival of European settlers in the late 17th century. Students will explore how the Anishinabeg learn about the past and the world around them, compare and contrast a modern student’s way of learning to that of an Anishinabe child, and apply the oral tradition to the student’s own family life.

The Gallagher Boys – The Story of a Great Lakes Ballad
From: Association for Cultural Equity, founded by Alan Lomax
Subjects: English Language Arts, Social Studies, Visual and Performing Arts
Grades: 3-12 (variants by grade level available)
Students listen to different versions of a Great Lakes Ballad and explore the idea of songs as stories and poetry. They also learn about oral traditions, and compare oral histories and songs to real-life events. Multiple other lesson plans drawing on the recordings of Alan Lomax are available at this website.

Native American Folklore
From: Smithsonian Museum of American Art
Subjects: English Language Arts, Social Studies
Grades: 6-12
Legends have always been an important part of Native American religion and culture. In the past these stories were passed down orally, but now many are being written down in order to reach a larger audience. This lesson plan draws on the work of painter George Catlin to explore the idea of oral traditions and asks students to write their own legend.

“Explore Your Community”
From: American Folklife Center
Subjects: English Language Arts, Social Studies, Visual and Performing Arts
Grades: 6-12
With this series of activities, the American Folklife Center and the Rural School and Community Trust offer opportunities for middle and high school students to explore the wide range of living cultural expression that exists in their communities. The folklife and cultural heritage activities and resources included here will guide teachers in developing original research projects with their students. They also offer young people creative ideas for engaging in cultural heritage research outside the classroom.

American Indians in Children’s Literature
This resource, for learners of all ages, includes essays and information about American Indian stories in popular culture from an American Indian perspective.

Past Programs

The President's Photographer: 50 Years Inside the Oval Office

The 1940s: Through the War and Beyond

101 People, Places and Things that Made Michigan

The Roaring Twenties: From Riches to Rags

The Gilded Age to the Great War: America at the Turn of the Century

Macomb County Heritage Alliance Annual Meeting Presentation – Creating An Exhibit

Changing Gears: The Birth of American Industry

Becoming Michigan: From Revolution to Statehood

Michigan's Harvest: Food, Farming and Community

The 1950s: Affluence and Anxiety in the Atomic Age

American Ingenuity: Embracing the Freedom to Dream

And Still They Prospered: Living Through the Great Depression

More Than a Game: How Sports Shape Culture

The Sixties: A Decade that Defined a Generation

A Journey of Hope: Michigan's Immigrant Experience

Michigan's Fight for Freedom: The Civil War Era

Frederick Douglass from Slavery to Freedom

Wild Swan Theater's Production of Drum Me A Story