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Making Macomb: A Journey Through 200 Years

February 28 - May 5, 2018

As we celebrate the bicentennial of Macomb-Michigan's third county-we will look back on major accomplishments, significant milestones, key people, and interesting facts that have made Macomb County what it is today. 

Exhibit Highlights: Through artifacts, displays, interpretative panels, presentations and performances, visitors will get a glimpse into the past of our county. A scaled replica of the Gratiot Drive-In and iconic vehicles like a locally built M37 and an F150 from 1950 will highlight the exhibit. Also featured will be personal belongings of the county’s namesake Alexander Macomb, items from other famous Macomb-ites, Macomb-manufactured items like hoop skirts, and many more objects that symbolize significant places, events or people in Macomb County’s history.

Traveling Exhibit: What We Carried: Fragments and Memories from Iraq and Syria
On loan from the Arab American National Museum

One of the largest recent groups of new residents to Macomb County come from the Middle East. This traveling exhibit explores their stories. 

Since 2003, more than four million Iraqis have left their homes and relocated in hopes of creating a better future for themselves and their families in a setting free of war and uncertainty. Many Iraqis sought refuge in Syria only to find another dangerous situation.  Approximately 140,000 of these refugees have immigrated to the U.S., the majority with nothing more than the clothes on their backs and a small memento to remind them of home.

To document their life-changing journey and shed light on the trial and tribulations refugees experience in their search for stability, renowned freelance photographer and author Jim Lommasson has created a project documenting what it means to leave everything behind.  The carried object and the intense personal stories behind them combine to illustrate the common threads that bind all of humanity: the love shared for family, friends and the places people call home.

All of the pieces in this exhibition will be presented in both English and Arabic.

Exhibit Hours: Wednesday, 10am-8pm | Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10am-4pm

Exhibits: Exhibits are open to the public and presented free of charge. Pre-registration is not required to view exhibits, except for groups of 5 or more, who should call 586.226.4759 to facilitate their visit. Guided tours and scavenger hunts are available to visitors upon request.

Presentations: FREE of charge and typically last one hour. Download a PDF of the presentations, dates and times. Pre-registration is requested. Registration is Easy! 

Lorenzo Cultural Center