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Lorenzo Cultural Center to spotlight Michigan cultural history with Tall Tales and Folklore: Exploring Michigan’s Traditional Stories

– Wednesday, February 15, 2017 9:00AM

Michigan has a rich cultural history, formed in part by imaginative myths and folklore that have helped give our state a personality all its own. The Lorenzo Cultural Center, located on Macomb Community College’s Center Campus in Clinton Township, will explore that personality with Tall Tales and Folklore: Exploring Michigan’s Traditional Stories, March 2 through May 5.

With 30 presentations and performances complemented by exhibits in the cultural center’s 8,500-square-foot Discovery Hall, Tall Tales and Folklore will give audiences a look into Michigan’s heritage with presentations on subjects ranging from investigations into the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, songs from Michigan lumber camps, a look at the mysterious disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa to examinations of various Michigan paranormal experiences. Exhibits include a traveling display from Michigan State University and artifacts from other museums and local collectors.

Tall Tales and Folklore is designed to share the flavor of Michigan’s history from the unique perspective of our storytellers,” said William Wood, cultural affairs director, Macomb Community College. “Those who attend will experience the wonder that our predecessors found in the events around them. The combination of the exhibits and presentations will immerse cultural center visitors in the experience and give them a sense of how it must have felt to be there.”

The program series will kick-off on Thursday, March 2, at 6 p.m. with a book signing with The Thrill of the Chill best-selling author Johnathan Rand, followed by a 7 p.m. presentation in which he will highlight his experiences writing supernatural stories for his books American Chillers and Michigan Chillers. On Saturday, March 4, Michigan troubadour Neil Woodward will captivate audiences with An Afternoon of Folk Music, paying tribute to the light keepers, immigrants, sailors, teachers, lumberjacks, railroaders and others who have sung the history of Michigan. Also early in the series will be Blood on the Mitten: Infamous Michigan Murders 1700 – Present on March 8 with award-wining journalist and author Tom Carr, who will discuss notorious murders, taking the audience to each crime scene and discussing the historical and social impacts. Other topics covered as the program series progresses include Pirates, Crooks and Killers, The Haunted Great Lakes, Native American Myths in Art and the Underground Railroad, among many others.

In addition to exhibits and artifacts, artwork entered into the Lorenzo Cultural Center’s Tall Tales and Folklore art contest will also be displayed.

While the presentations and exhibits are open to the public at no charge, preregistration is required for presentations by calling 586.445.7348 or by emailing  No registration is required to view the exhibits.  The cultural center is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, with extended hours on Thursday to 8 p.m.

A complete listing of Tall Tales and Folklore programming is available at:

About the Lorenzo Cultural Center

The Lorenzo Cultural Center ( provides interactive learning opportunities for all ages, extending student discovery beyond classroom walls and creating multi-faceted experiences for community members to explore the influences and experiences that shape our community’s heritage.

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 44,000 students annually. Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and is the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan. 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: Sean M. Patrick, 586.445.7271,