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JoAnne Arasim (517) 373-1905
History, Arts and Libraries
Offered at Michigan Historical Museum
September 23, 2003
Michigan Historical Museum in Lansing will kick off a new series of
workshops this fall focusing on preserving Michigan handicraft
traditions. The first workshop, highlighting a craft that began in
the 18th century, takes place at the museum on Sunday, Oct. 26.
The workshops, which run through May 2004, offer adults an uncommon
opportunity for a hands-on discovery of Michigan history.
“Our children’s workshops and summer day camps have been successful,
in part, because of their creative hands-on activities,” said Phillip
C. Kwiatkowski, director of the Michigan Historical Museum System.
“The adult workshops give men and women a similar but more in-depth
understanding of the handicraft traditions that played a part in our
More than a dozen traditional skills and crafts will be explored in
individual workshops throughout the year. Most workshops are
presented in a single two-hour session on a weekend afternoon, but
some are held on a weekday or have more than one session. Fees start
at $35 and often include supplies.
The first workshop, “Rug Hooking for Beginners,” will teach
participants how to make hooked rugs using traditional tools,
techniques and designs. Rug hooking began in the 18th century in
northern New England and then spread to Michigan and other states
during the Victorian era.
The workshop features instruction by rug-hooking artisan Wendy Hoard.
The five-session workshop begins October 26 at the Michigan Historical
Museum and continues November 2 and 23, and December 7 and 14. Each
session runs from 1 to 3 p.m. and will be immediately followed by an
optional two-hour practice and discussion period with the instructor.
The fee is $80; a supply list will be provided.
Other upcoming workshops include:
A Housewife in the Civil War
(November 2): Create a housewife – a traveling sewing kit – and view
others in the museum’s collection.
(November 8): Create your own snowshoes using neoprene lacings and
A Penny for Your Rug
(November 16): Create a mid-19th-century tabletop decoration using a
coin, felt and a blanket stitch.
Workshops continue in 2004, covering a host of topics including how to
preserve family treasures, tell family history and hand-tint
black-and-white photographs. There is a fee for each workshop and
pre-registration is required.
The Michigan Historical Museum is a year-round museum in downtown
Lansing. Five exhibit levels – surrounding visitors with Michigan’s
past, from prehistoric times through the late 20th century – include
an Upper Peninsula copper mine, the 1957 Detroit Auto Show and a
Historical Museum is located inside the Michigan Library and
Historical Center, 702 W. Kalamazoo St., two blocks west of the State
Capitol in downtown Lansing. The main entrance and visitor parking
are located north of Kalamazoo Street, just east of M. L. King
Boulevard. Museum hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30
p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. The museum
is closed on official state holidays.
www.michiganhistory.org or telephone (517) 373-3559 (TDD
The Michigan Historical Museum System is a division of the Michigan
Historical Center, an agency of the Department of History, Arts and
Libraries. Dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in Michigan,
the department also includes the Mackinac Island State Park
Commission, the Library of Michigan, the Michigan Film Office and the
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.
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