Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Michigan State Museum

Started out early to make a road trip to the Meijers Garden in Grand Rapids Michigan,about half way there the clouds moved in and the rains started. Not a good day for the gardens but a rainy day is always good for genealogy research, so we made a right turn and headed for Lansing and the State library and Archives. Cathy is big on genealogy and I really don't care about it unless she finds someone that was very rich, so while she was in the archives I went to the state museum which is in the same building.

I've been here at least a dozen times but I always spot something that I never noticed before, there were no school buses in the parking lot so I knew it would be quiet today.

The museum covers the entire history of Michigan and it would fill a lot of pages so I'm just going to post a few pictures.

The first thing you see when you get off the elevator, the Old's Museum is a few miles from here.

There is a section about the building of BIG MAC or as we call it in Michigan The BRIDGE.

This is a piece of Float Copper from the U.P. , it's 8 foot by 4 foot and weights about 4000 lbs and is 99.9 percent pure copper

Of course they have to have a section on the auto industry

Every time I round the corner and see this beautiful 57 Corvette, it reminds me of my very first car.  It was red too.

The sticker price on the car was $3450.00

One of the great things about growing up in Detroit was MOTOWN, we had some of the greatest music in the country right in our backyard and they all preformed every chance they had.  Any kind of a festival or fair they were there and most of the time it was FREE.  You could go to the State Fair and in one day see at least 5 headliners on stage.

My favorite and the love of my youth, Diana Ross, during my teens a probably saw her perform 25 times.

And this is who every Detroit kid wanted to grow up a be, Al Kaline, Mr Tiger.  A kid I went to High School with lived next door to Mr Kaline so I was fortunate enough to have met him quite a few times.

Date Line  1957

Anybody that follows football knows that we may never see this headline again.

Just a pretty stained glass window I liked.

I didn't realize until I got home and started looking at the pictures, what a great trip I was able to take down memory lane.

Guess I'm a little glad it rained today.


Carol said...

OOOO, great memory blasters! Thanks! I'm glad it rained too! LOL

Jim and Sandie said...

My hubby had a 57 Vette. I've had a hard time forgiving him for not hanging on to it. He hates himself too. Dianna Ross - one of the best ever. I love Motown. Thanks for the memories.

Margie and Roger said...

Looks like a great museum. Love having all the old memories.

Margie and Roger said...

Looks like a great museum. Love having all the old memories.