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Explore art and music of the Gilded Age at Macomb Community College’s Lorenzo Cultural Center

– Wednesday, March 13, 2013 1:00AM

For more than a century, Pewabic Pottery, located on the east side of Detroit, has produced renown vessels, tiles and architectural ornamentations featured on buildings across the nation as well as in Detroit. Founded by Mary Stratton, a key figure in the Arts and Crafts movement, the iconic artist and the legacy of her company will be explored in the presentation, Mary Stratton and Pewabic Pottery: Then and Now on March 20 at 11 a.m. at the Lorenzo Cultural Center.

This is one of several free presentations that explore art and music during The Gilded Age to the Great War: America at the Turn of the Century, a program series featuring exhibits, presentations and activities running through May 5 at the cultural center.

On March 17 at 2 p.m., Thomas Brunk, art and architecture historian, shares the story of Charles Lang Freer, one of Detroit’s leading industrialists of the Gilded Age, and displays his collection of American and Asian art in The Original Freer Gallery of Art.

On April 7 at 2 p.m., John Bowditch, director of exhibits emeritus at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, shares actual historic recordings of key songs of the Gilded Age era to illustrate the enormous changes occurring in music due to demographic shifts, changing social conventions and new technologies in Music for a Transforming America.

On April 14 at 2 p.m., the Dodworth Saxhorn Band, a re-creation of a community brass band of the 1800s, complete with antique instruments and period clothing, showcases the music of the turn of the century, reflecting the social customs, political climate and patriotic pride of the time.

The Gilded Age program series also features a special exhibit, So I Come to America: Detroit Pre-World War I Immigrants, from a private photo collection.  It features black-and-white photographs and interview excerpts of immigrants who came to the Detroit area prior to World War I.

Preregistration is required for all presentations by calling 586.445.7348 or going online to  No registration is needed to visit the exhibits.  The Lorenzo Cultural Center is open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesday – Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sundays.

About the Lorenzo Cultural Center

The Lorenzo Cultural Center ( explores the influences and experiences that shape our community's heritage, examining topics from a variety of perspectives and creating interactive opportunities for learning, celebration and entertainment.  Located on Macomb Community College's Center Campus, Hall and Garfield Roads in Clinton Township, the cultural center is adjacent to the Macomb Center for Performing Arts.

Media Contact: Tish Wirth,586.445.7560,