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Michigan-Related Exhibits

Great exhibits for teaching about Michigan history and culture

"Fur Traders Cabin" (Heritage Hall): A real fur trader's cabin from Grand Island, Michigan interpreted to illustrate the Michigan fur trade in the 1780s

"Hmong Traditions in Michigan" (Case, Hall of World Cultures): The Hmong people are a tribe originating from China who migrated to the hills of Laos. Since 1975, Hmong people have settled in other places, including Michigan, to escape war and conflict. Includes a story cloth and examples of traditional clothing

Late Pleistocene mammals in Michigan (Hall of Evolution): Discussion of the history and specimens of mammoth, mastodon, ox, and beaver

"Little Traverse Bay Odawa" (Case, Hall of World Cultures): Cultural objects and information about the political and cultural history of the tribe

"Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program" (Heritage Hall): Michigan history and traditional crafts. Includes examples of duck decoy carving, basket weaving, broom, and quilts. Resources about the Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program and Michigan Heritage Award winners

"19th Century Lakota Material Culture" (Case, Hall of World Cultures): Explore beaded jewelry, leather dress, moccasins, and bow and arrows

North American Biomes (Habitat Hall): Seven life-size dioramas of North American biomes, including flora and fauna: Tropical rainforest, Desert, Grassland, Eastern Deciduous Forest, Alpine/Mountain, Boreal Forest, and Tundra

"Pine Forests of Michigan" (Heritage Hall): Logging history, tools, photographs, and a diorama

"Stanley's Crossroads Store" (Heritage Hall):  Interpretation of artifacts from the Rykala family general store in East Lake, Michigan. Illustrates the 1880-1920 period. Packaging, trading, goods and values, and market economy

"The White-Tailed Deer Challenge" (Case, Hall of Animal Diversity): Hunting and game management in Michigan