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Goguac Lake, Moonlight
Goguac Lake, Moonlight.
1 photographic print.
c1918 June 17.
Prints & Photographs Division.
Reproduction Number:
LC-USZ62-137342

American Folklife Center

Folklife in Your State: Michigan

The collections of the American Folklife Center contain rich and varied materials from Michigan that document the diversity of the state's folk traditions. Michigan's Local Legacies Projects, an exploration of local traditions and celebrations, is available on the Center's Web page.

America's Library

America's Library is especially designed for elementary and middle- school students.

Explore the States: Michigan

Jump Back in Time

Michigan Becomes a State, January 26, 1837

Fire in the Midwest, October 8, 1871

Exhibitions

American Treasures of the Library of Congress

Rare American Produced Planetarium

The Laing Planetarium Company of Detroit, Michigan, under the direction of Alexander Laing, developed its string-driven planetarium at the end of the nineteenth century.

Language of the Land: Journeys Into Literary America

The exhibit examines the iterary heritage though maps, photographs, and the works of American authors from a variety of periods. The Midwest section includes an image of Michigan.

Humanities and Social Sciences Division

Bibliographies and Guides

U.S. State Poets Laureate

This site provides the names of all current state poets laureate of the United States. It also includes a history of the laureateship in each state, as well the District of Columbia, and attempts to provide a comprehensive listing of all previous state poets laureate.

Law Library of Congress

The Guide to Law Online

Guide to Law Online, prepared by the Law Library of Congress Public Services Division, is an annotated guide to sources of information on government and law available online. It includes selected links to useful and reliable sites for legal information on U.S. states and territories, including Michigan.

Prints and Photographs Division

Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings Recorded by the Historic American Buildings Survey

This list includes structures identified as the work of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Search the online Historic American Buildings Survey / Historic American Engineering Record (HABS/HAER) records and consult the book The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright: A Complete Catalog by William Allin Storrer, 2nd ed., 1974. As additional documentation is digitized from the HABS/HAER collection, entries will be added. The list includes images for Michigan.

Pictorial Americana: Selected Images from the Collections of the Library of Congress

This 1955 print publication includes prints and photographs relating to historical events to 1899; general subjects such as education, daily life, miners and mining; and views of U.S. locations (text and images). It is being prepared for the Internet in stages. Images of Michigan are included.

Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)

Search PPOC using the subject heading United States--Michigan to find digital images related to Michigan, such as prints, photographs, and political cartoons. Search in PPOC using the term Michigan or names of cities, towns, and sites to locate additional images.

Teachers Page

Features & Activities

Primary Sources by State

The Library of Congress has rich documents and artifacts from every state, the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. Click on Michigan to view historic artifacts and cultural materials from the state.

Lesson Plans

Creating a Primary Source Archive: All History Is Local

Examine the interplay between national, state, local, and personal history. Students produce a digital collection of primary sources from their family or local community based on the collections in American Memory.

Exploring Community Through Local History: Oral Stories, Landmarks and Traditions

Students explore the local history of the community in which they live through written and spoken stories; through landmarks such as buildings, parks, restaurants, or businesses; and through traditions such as food, festivals and other events of the community or of individual families.

Local History: Mapping My Spot

Students create their town’s history for coming generations and place themselves on the map in a literal as well as figurative sense, by producing portions of an updated version of an early twentieth century panoramic map from the American Memory collections.

Today in History

January 26

Michigan entered the Union as the twenty-sixth state on January 26, 1837.

October 8

On Sunday, October 8, 1871, fire leveled a broad swath of Michigan and Wisconsin, including the cities of Peshtigo, Holland, Manistee, and Port Huron.

Veterans History Project

Veterans History Project Home Page

The Veterans History Project (VHP) collects and preserves the remembrances of American war veterans and civilian workers who supported them. Browse the database by state of residence to locate veterans from Michigan.

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