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Michigan Historical Museum

The twentieth century display at the Michigan Historical Museum in the Michigan Historical Center at 717 West Allegan (517-373-0515) provides an opportunity to study the WPA period in context. Paul Honore's mural, Michigan's Natural Resources, has been restored and mounted as the centerpiece of this exhibit on the third floor mezzanine. Its size, theme and figurative style have distinct parallels in WPA art although the mural itself was not part of the project. Created in 1933 for the Century of Progress World's Fair in Chicago, this heroic image depicts Michigan's agricultural productivity and resources.

Michigan Historical Museum
Image courtesy of the Michigan Historical Museum

Also on view are the products of various WPA-sponsored projects in Michigan, including Native American baskets, miniature furniture models, and a Tudor Gothic diorama recreating the dining room of Hadden Hall, a British estate.

Visit the Michigan Historical Museum on-line.

The Michigan Historical Center (Michigan Historical Museum, Museum Store, State Archives and MHC offices) is located in the Michigan Library and Historical Center building two blocks west of the State Capitol between Allegan and Kalamazoo Streets at

702 W. Kalamazoo Street
Lansing MI 48909-8240
(517) 373-3559
TDD 1-800-827-7007
Group tour reservations: (517) 373-2353

Admission is free. The building is accessible to the disabled.

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