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Michigan's Freshwater Seas:

Powering Progress
February 19-April 8, 2022

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Surrounded by one of the largest sources of fresh water in the world, Michigan has a history entwined with the Great Lakes. Treaties with indigenous peoples, boundary wars, and exploration began the formation of an economy and culture based on the ready availability of fresh waterways, abundant natural resources, and hardworking pioneers. Over the course of its history, Michiganders have made use of these assets to help create a state that has become the center of the auto industry, the Arsenal of Democracy, and a destination for outstanding recreation and tourism. Through exhibits, displays, artifacts and presentations, we will explore the rich history of the Great Lakes and examine how the waterways played a key role in shaping America.

Michigan’s Freshwater Seas exhibit will include models of vessels significant to Michigan’s past, relics from vessels that sailed the lakes long ago, and much more! In partnership with the Detroit Historical Museum, Port Huron Museum, other local museums and private collectors, the display will be sure to capture the imagination and create an atmosphere of nautical nostalgia!

Lesson Plans 

Click Here for a collection of lesson plans that support the topics explored in the exhibit. These lessons can serve as exciting ways to teach content that include subjects found in K-12 Michigan Academic Standards.

Program Series

Presentations associated with this program series are complimentary and typically last one hour. Registration is required. Register Today!

Traveling Exhibit
Ladies of the Lights: Michigan Women in the U.S. Lighthouse Service

Honoring the more than 50 women who served as lighthouse keepers in Michigan, this exhibit is on loan from the Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame.


Lorenzo Cultural Center


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