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A history of victories and defeats on the battlefield

– Wednesday, March 18, 2015 12:00AM

Examine the state at warduring Lorenzo Cultural Center’s 101 People, Places and Things that Made Michigan

Jackson, Mich., did not start the U.S. Civil War, but it had a big role in the events leading up to it. It was in Jackson in 1854 that the Republican Party was founded. Six years later, Republican Abraham Lincoln was elected president, causing several Southern states to secede from the union. Once the fighting broke out, Michigan was an important source of troops for the Union cause.

That history will be among the subjects explored in a series of presentations focus on the topic of Michigan at war during the Lorenzo Cultural Center’s current program series:  

  • Michigan in the Civil War, March 22, 2 p.m.:  Roger L. Rosentreter, professor, Michigan State University, and former editor, Michigan History magazine, talks about the rise of the Republican Party and Michigan’s contributions to the War Between the States.
  • French Town and the Battle of River Raisin, 1813, April 8, 11 a.m.: Author Ralph Naveaux, considered the foremost historian on the Battle of the River Raisin, examines the people and cultures of French Town in 1813, as well as the strategies of generals William Hull and James Winchester during the largest battle fought on Michigan soil.
  • The Toledo War: The Origin of the Michigan-Ohio Rivalry, April 12, 2 p.m.: Alan Naldrett, author and archivist/librarian at Baker College, recounts the story and aftermath of the unusual “war” that helped propel Michigan to statehood—in which the only fatality was a pig.
  • The Peace Pipe and the War Axe: Treaties for the Land that Made Michigan, April 15, 11 a.m.:  Charles E. Cleland, professor emeritus,  Michigan State University, focuses on Native American treaties with Euro-American settlers and the story of Michigan’s early history, as well as the legal and political ramifications of 19th century Indian treaties on modern life in our state.
  • The Attack at Michilimackinac and the War Called Pontiac’s, April 17, 11 a.m.: Keith R. Widder, former curator of history for the Mackinac Island State Park Commission for more than 25 years, will discuss the events leading up the attack at Fort Michilimackinac on July 2, 1763, and how it fits into the larger Anglo-Indian War of 1763, known as Pontiac’s Rebellion.

The presentations are part 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,