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Lorenzo Cultural Center's Let's Play program concludes virtually

– Monday, August 31, 2020 10:00AM

Resumes programming impacted by pandemic, presenting final four speakers and virtual tour of exhibits

Interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Macomb Community College’s Lorenzo Cultural Center is presenting the final four scheduled speakers and exhibit for its program series, Let’s Play! Toys, Games & Culture, virtually. Let’s Play examines the history of favorite games, as well as how toys and games influence society.

We Play Wednesdays picks up where the program series left off, presenting the final four originally scheduled speakers each Wednesday until Sept. 30. The presentations will be conducted via Zoom and last 45 minutes, closing with 15 minutes of questions and answers. The presentations are free, but require preregistration at Each presentation will also be recorded and available for viewing at

The schedule for We Play Wednesdays:

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 1 p.m. – Amazing Fun: The Classic Toys in the National Hall of Fame.

Strong Museum curator Chris Bensch recounts the histories of some of America’s favorite toys and the path they have taken to the hall of fame, with examples of the 71 toys presently in the National Toy Hall of Fame that include Barbie, G.I. Joe, the Slinky and the Hula Hoop.

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1 p.m. – A Brief History of Video Games: Their Art, Technology and Culture.

Concordia University-Wisconsin Professor and author Mark J.P. Wolf explores the evolution of video games from early versions to the technologically complex games of today.

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 1 p.m. – Dressing Barbie: A Celebration of the Clothes that Made America’s Favorite Doll and the Woman Behind Them.

Considered “Barbie royalty,” Carol Spencer spent more than 40 years designing clothing for Barbie dolls and will share her unique insight into all things Barbie.

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 1 p.m. – The Genius of Lego: How Lego Became the World’s Greatest Building Toy.

Mark J.P. Wolf, author and professor at Concordia University-Wisconsin, will explore the history of LEGO, what has changed over the years and why it is so popular.

A self-navigating virtual tour of the Let’s Play exhibit is available here. The exhibit includes approximately 250 artifacts, including a 10-foot Rubik’s Cube, vintage video games, a large selection of Barbie dolls showing their evolution over the years, as well as other antique dolls, games and toys.

About Macomb Community College

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