In the Heritage Hall, annual recipients of Michigan Heritage Awards and Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeships are highlighted in a changing display.
Michiganâ€™s cultural heritage is featured with an authentic fur traderâ€™s cabin, a nineteenth century print shop, and a turn-of-the-century general store. The exhibit presents the legacy of the Great Lakes region by displaying three buildings typically found in Michigan ranging from the late 1700â€™s to the early 1900â€™s. There is also an area devoted to tools used in the harvesting of lumber in Michigan with corresponding images and photographs, accompanied by a diorama.
1. Â Fur Traderâ€™s Cabin
â€˘ Â 1780â€™s on the Grand River. It displays tools, materials, furs and other typical objects found in a fur-trading cabin from this time period.
2. Â Publishing and Job Printing Shop
â€˘ Â 1895, publishing and printing information were important for communicating information between communities. Displays printing press, examples of prints, tools and supplies necessary for the development of prints.
â€˘ Â 1880-1920, small town Michigan store. It displays groceries, candy, mail, hardware, medicine, and other objects sold in a typical general store fromÂ this time. The Rykala family donated many fixtures and items on display from the Rykala General Store in East Lake, Michigan.Â