On Saturday, Jan. 26, the Michigan Historical Museum celebrates the 176th anniversary of Michigan statehood with cake, historic maps, roving musicians, War of 1812 soldiers, Native American crafts, rope making, quilting and mustard. Activities will take place at the museum from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year, the museum’s annual celebration of the day President Andrew Jackson signed the act making Michigan a state, Jan. 26, 1837, will also commemorate the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. The first 200 visitors will receive a piece of birthday cake. The first 200 families will receive a commemorative poster featuring a historic map of Michigan. Families can participate in living-history demonstrations of 1812 uniforms, gear and drills. Children can make a 19th-century military hat, flag or map. All will be able to view statehood documents from the Archives of Michigan, including Michigan’s first Constitution. Statehood Day is included with museum admission; parking is free. Admission is $6 for adults 18-64. Children through age 5 are free; youth ages 6-17 pay an optional $2; and seniors 65 and up pay $4. Annual passes are available, and Sundays are free for everyone. Visitwww.michigan.gov/museum or call 517-373-3559 for details.
The Michigan Historical Museum is located inside the Michigan Library and Historical Center, 702 West Kalamazoo St., in Lansing, two blocks east of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The museum and the Archives of Michigan, which is now open on Saturdays, are part of the Michigan Historical Center, an agency within the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.