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Meet General Alexander Macomb at Lorenzo Cultural Center’s Making Macomb: A Journey Through 200 Years

– Wednesday, March 28, 2018 12:00PM

Experience Macomb County’s namesake, General Alexander Macomb, Thursday, April 12, 1 p.m. during Making Macomb: A Journey Through 200 Years, at the Lorenzo Cultural Center on Macomb Community College’s Center Campus in Clinton Township. The presentation, coupled with personal artifacts and interpretative panels in cultural center’s Discovery Hall, will provide a comprehensive view  of the county’s most recognizable hero.

Born in Detroit, Macomb was a raw army recruit at the age of 16 who progressed through the ranks to triumph at the Battle of Plattsburgh in the War of 1812 and his ultimate position as Commanding General of the U.S. Army. Dan Heaton, a local historical writer, will discuss Macomb’s life, the impacts he made and how Macomb became the namesake of Michigan’s third county.

Making Macomb: A Journey Through 200 Years is the Lorenzo Cultural Center’s salute to Macomb County’s bicentennial. The program series, which runs until May 5, consists of presentations on the history and development of Macomb County complemented by a variety of exhibits.  The presentations range from an examination of early Native American influences in the area to modern day impacts such as Selfridge Air National Guard Base. The accompanying exhibits give visitors a view of Macomb’s past through artifacts, displays and informative panels, including a scale replica of the Gratiot Drive-In and iconic vehicles including the locally built military M37 transport and the 1950 Ford F150. Also included is a traveling exhibit from the Arab American National Museum highlighting some of the stories of one of the newer groups of immigrants to Macomb County.

While the presentations and exhibits are open to the public free of charge, preregistration is required for the presentations by calling 586.445.7348 or by emailing culturalcenter@macomb.edu. No registration is required to visit the exhibits. The cultural center is open Wednesday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

For a complete listing of all Making Macomb: A Journey Through 200 Years programming visit www.lorenzoculturalcenter.com.

About the Lorenzo Cultural Center

The Lorenzo Cultural Center (www.lorenzoculturalcenter.com) 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 (www.macomb.edu) is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 40,000 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, patricks28@macomb.edu