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May 23rd is Gwen Frostic Day

Today is (thanks to Gov. William Milliken) Gwen Frostic Day in Michigan. Frostic was born in 1906 and passed away in 2001. The Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame page for Sara Gwendolyn Frostic says that she was born in 1906 and passed…
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April 13, 2006: Collapse at Miners Castle

Reaching back 12 years for a throwback Thursday post with an article originally published April 14, 2006 on Absolute Michigan... The Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore reports that one of the two turrets on Miner's Castle is no more: On…
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Five Things you need to know about Michigan Morel Mushrooms

The Michigan Morel We're getting reports from across the state of morels being found, so it's a great time to share some of information about these Pure Michigan delicacies. Morechella (true morels) are a honeycomb-like mushroom that…
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100 (plus) Years at Tiger Stadium

Reaching back four years to update this... Tiger Stadium's 100th birthday was last Friday. In a fairly heartbreaking story, Eric Adelson of Yahoo Sports observed that this milestone passed largely unmarked: Tiger Stadium opened on…
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The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald edited by Joseph Fulton

Today is the 36th anniversary of the sinking of the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald, and if you're in Michigan, you'll probably hear The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Gordon Lightfoot today. I'm pretty sure, however, that you won't enjoy it more…
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The Rouse Simmons and the Great Lakes Christmas Tree Ships

Through Pasty Central's This Day in History for November 21st, we're reminded that of the story of the Rouse Simmons. This was originally published on Michigan in Pictures. Here is a portrait of Elsie Schuenemann at the wheel of the Christmas…
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Apollo 15, Michigan and the Moon

41 years ago today, the Apollo 15 mission blasted off with its crew of Commander David R. Scott, Command Module Pilot Alfred M. Worden, Lunar Module Pilot James B. Irwin. All three astronauts on the all-Air Force crew attended the University…
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L. Frank Baum, The Goose Man of Macatawa

L. Frank Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, was born on May 15, 1856. The Holland Sentinel has an excellent feature on Baum's Michigan connection, explaining that this multi-talented man was Louis F. Baum as an actor and playwright,…
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Michigan History: The Birth of the Panty Raid

Here's a little bit of an early #ThrowbackThursday in honor of the University of Michigan's play-in win last night for the NCAA March Madness tourney and their likely selection for the Frozen Four NCAA hockey championship.  Also note that the…
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Michigan Book Excerpt: Ink Trails II by Dave Dempsey & Jack Dempsey

We've featured the work of Michigan author Dave Dempsey on Absolute Michigan before, notably an excerpt from his 2006 book William G. Milliken, Michigan's Passionate Moderate. Dave is back along with his brother Jack in this excerpt from their…