If you have been following this blog since the beginning, you might catch on that the MMA Conference Team is really excited for the chance to spotlight Michigan and its many wonderful and diverse museums. The American Association of State and Local History (AASLH) is a huge organization and draws a very big crowd for its Annual Meeting. That’s why this week I’m delighted to share with you the ways this conference will feature our beautiful state and its museums with the rest of the nation’s museum professionals.
This is our opportunity to shine, and the AASLH Local Committee has organized several tours and events that will not only interest out of state professionals, but in-state ones too. The tours and events offered within the program are a highlight for this conference and feature a wide array of Michigan’s museums and cultural sites. You can read more about these tours and events in the Preliminary Program.
See the Whaley House Museum and others on the Flint, MI tour
Possibly one of the best parts of the AASLH Annual Meeting are the tours that are organized by the local committee. Even if you’re local, this is your chance to get to know area museums and historic sites in greater depth. So numerous to describe them all, check out this list of museums and areas that are featured on the various tours offered:
- Whaley House Museum
- Durant-Dort Carriage Co. (Birthplace of GM)
- Sloan Museum
- Applewood: The Charles Stewart Mott Estate
- Eastern Market
- Black Bottom
- Wyandot historic sites
- Birmingham Historical Museum
- Pine Grove (former home of Michigan Governor Moses Wisner)
- Ford Motor Company Archives
- Benson Ford Research Center at The Henry Ford
- Various downtown Detroit sites and monuments
- Woodlawn Cemetery
- Belle Isle Park
- Dossin Great Lakes Museum
- Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory
- Rochester Hills Museum and Farm
- Arab American National Museum
- Dodge home - Meadow Brook Hall
- Henry Ford Estate – Fair Lane
Don't miss Distinctly Detroit: A Night at the Detroit Historical Museum on September 14th
Let’s not forget the evening events. The AASLH Local Committee organized evening events that feature some of Detroit’s biggest, coolest museums:
- Detroit Historical Museum
- Charles H. Wright Museum
- Michigan Science Center
- Detroit Institute of Arts
- The Henry Ford
First stop on Wednesday, September 14 is Distinctly Detroit: A Night at the Detroit Historical Museum. You won’t want to miss this fun event where you will get to take photos in a Model T, sing like a Motown legend, and walk the streets of old Detroit.
On September 15, Muse Cruise: Cruising the Museums in the Motor City promises to be a fun event that directly links to Detroit’s past as a “cruising” city. What better way to see Detroit’s coolest museums? Beginning at Charles H. Wright Museum, moving on to Michigan Science Center, and ending at Detroit Institute of Arts, this evening’s “cruise” is sure to give you a taste of what Detroit has to offer.
The Henry Ford Un-Conference on Saturday, September 17 promises a peek “behind the curtain” at one of Michigan’s biggest museums. This special event bookends the conference with individual experiences for each type of museum professional.
Remember, all of these tours and events are a la carte and are additional fees to your conference registration. You can add them when you register online.
Michigan’s museums and cultural sites are set to be the star of this conference. Even if you’re from the Detroit region, there is so much to explore right in our own backyard. I know I plan on it! I hope you will join me and others in Detroit in September.
Caitlyn Perry Dial
Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame
MMA Communications Team Lead
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