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
mounted as the centerpiece of this exhibit on the third floor
mezzanine. Its size, theme and figurative style have distinct parallels
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
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
Hadden Hall, a British estate.
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
Group tour reservations: (517) 373-2353
Admission is free. The building is accessible to the disabled.