Their winter/spring 2013 program series is entitled “The Gilded Age to the Great War: America at the Turn of the Century” and will run from February 23 – May 5. The themes include the politics and social movements of the Progressive Era; new cultural styles in literature, art, fashion, and architecture; imperialism and World War I.
Some recommended presentations:
Elementary School Students:
The Orphan Train in Michigan (Mar. 8 (Fri.) 11am) -- Between 1854 and 1927, over 12,500 orphans from the east coast were placed in Michigan. Al and David Eicher, research historians and television producers, show what it was like to be one of the Orphan Train riders using photos, video and personal history. (Fourth grade)
Women Who Changed America: Susan B. Anthony and Juliette Gordon Low (Mar. 14 (Thurs.) 11am and 1pm) -- Marie Papciak brings history to life with her portrayal of two influental women of the turn of the century. She will reenact both Susan B. Anthony, the iconic activist for women’s rights, and Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts.
Middle and High School Students:
The Railway Car Freight Car Industry and Social Conflict in Gilded Age Detroit (Mar. 21 (Thurs.) 11am) -- Thomas Klug, Ph.D., professor of history at Marygrove College, examines Detroit’s industrial growth between 1870 and 1900, focusing on the railway freight car industry, including Detroit's elite railway car industrialists, the organization of Detroit's working class and finally the embodiment of the Gilded Age social and political struggles in the conflict between Detroit Mayor Hazen Pingree and U.S. Senator James McMillan.
Stranded in Russia: The Michigan Polar Bear Experience (Apr. 11 (Thurs.) 11am) -- Roger Rosentreter, Ph.D., professor of history at Michigan State University and former editor of Michigan History Magazine, tells the story of the Michigan Polar Bears, who, in the weeks following the end of World War I, found themselves fighting the Bolsheviks in northern Russia. After months of sacrifice and hardship, coupled with homefront demands to "bring the boys home," the Michiganians returned to a rousing reception in Detroit.
Breadwinners: Working Women in the Gilded Age (Apr. 19 (Fri.) 11am) -- From the end of the Civil War through the winning of woman’s suffrage, working women in the nation’s industrializing cities launched a series of campaigns to gain economic independence and political equality. Lara Vapnek, Ph.D., assistant professor of history at St. John's University, uncovers the stories of the visionary women who proudly identified
If you need help with transportation costs, visit http://www.michiganyoutharts.org/grants/apply for details about a grant opportunity opening on December 3, which can help with the cost of bussing to the Lorenzo Cultural Center. Presentations and entrance to the exhibit are free of charge.