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Stories, songs, dance and drama at the Lorenzo Cultural Center

– Tuesday, March 10, 2015 12:00AM

Interactive performances bring “101 People, Places and Things that Made Michigan” to life

Long before we had the Internet – or even books – history and customs were preserved via spoken narratives and songs passed down generation after generation. In that spirit, a series of free, interactive performances at the Lorenzo Cultural Center in Clinton Township will bring Michigan history to life using stories, songs, dance and drama.

  • Stories, Songs and Dances of the Voyageur, March 20 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.: Storyteller Genot Picor and fiddler Jim Boynton will present the stories and legends of French voyageurs and Native Americans of Michigan using song and dance, providing opportunities for audience members to join in.
  • Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad, April 25, at 1 p.m.: Storyteller Miz Rosie (Rosie Chapman) will present an interactive drama about the life and times of Harriet Tubman, covering Tubman’s childhood, her experiences as a “conductor” on the Underground Railroad, her involvement in the Civil War and her role as a spokeswoman for women’s rights.
  • Bunyan and Banjoes, May 1, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.: Singer and songwriter Kitty Donohoe will present Michigan history and legends in folk songs and stories, using traditional instruments such as mountain and hammer dulcimers, guitar and banjo.

These are part of the more than 40 presentations of the Lorenzo Cultural Center’s program series 101 People, Places and Things that Made Michigan, which continues through May 9. All events are free to attend, but pre-registration is required. Register by phone by calling 585.445.7348 or online at The cultural center is located on Macomb Community College’s Center Campus, 44575 Garfield Road (at Hall Road), in Clinton Township.

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. The cultural center is adjacent to the Macomb Center for Performing Arts.

About Macomb Community College
Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 48,000 students annually.  Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges.  The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

Media Contact: James Melton, 586.445.7271,