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History comes alive during Lorenzo Cultural Center’s Making Macomb: A Journey Through 200 Years program series

– Tuesday, April 10, 2018 9:00AM

History comes to life during Lorenzo Cultural Center’s Making Macomb: A Journey Through 200 Years, a program series celebrating Macomb County’s bicentennial, with two upcoming presentations involving audience participation and historical re-enactments. 

During Songs, Stories and Dances of the Voyageurs, Wednesday April 25 , 1 p.m., Genot Picor and Veronica Cieri will lead the audience with Native American hand talking and French voyageur music through an interactive story and dance exploring French voyageur culture in Michigan and Macomb County including stories on how Lake St. Clair came to be.

Macomb’s early days step into the spotlight at the Macomb Living History Review, Saturday April 28, 1 p.m.  when historical re-enactors will portray people from Macomb County’s rich heritage, including Alexander Macomb, and Christian and Elizabeth Clemens, who tell the stories of their lives and lasting impacts.

Making Macomb: A Journey Through 200 Years, is held at the Lorenzo Cultural Center on Macomb Community College’s Center Campus in Clinton Township. The final presentation of the series, the Lost Villages of Macomb County, is on May 3, with exhibits open through Saturday, May 5. The exhibits give visitors a view of Macomb’s past through historical artifacts, displays and interpretative 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.

The presentations and exhibits are open to the public free of charge, but 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