By Lisa M. Rabey
Systems & Web Librarian
Saturday is Michigan’s 176th birthday!
Did you know the state flag was first unveiled in 1835 and featured the face of Michigan’s first governor, Stevens T. Mason? This flag was used for 30 years until it was changed in 1865. In 1911, the flag was changed again and that change has been the flag we have been flying for over a hundred years.
Did you also know we have a state fossil? We do! It’s the mastodon! In addition to state wild flower, bird, and animal, we also have a state soil, gem, and reptile. In addition, no matter where you are in Michigan, you’re within 85 miles of one of the Great Lakes. Also, since 1874, the J.W. Westcott is the only floating post office in the world. Based in Detroit, J.W Westcott operates a ship to shore service, 24 hours a day along the Great Lakes.
If this has whetted your appetite to learn more about Michigan, there are programs and events happening all across the state this weekend to celebrate Michigan’s birthday. Some events are are also taking place online, so if you’re can’t make it, you can always celebrate virtually.
- Michigan Historical Society’s online exhibit, Settling A State
- Read Michigan’s Constitution from 1835
- Library of Michigan has FAQ on Michigan in Brief
- Department of Natural Resources as numerous online exhibits on Michigan
- You can also take Heritage Tours at various locales across the state
- Looking to celebrate? Here are 5 Places to Celebrate Michigan’s Birthday
- The GRCC Library has a SubjectGuide on Michigan
- Library also has a fairly extensive collection of Michigan related video, book, and periodicals