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Visit the World's Fair - in Dearborn!

The Henry Ford Museum is sponsoring the exhibit Designing Tomorrow: America's World's Fairs of the 1930s until September 2. Nearly 150 artifacts are on display from the six fairs held in the United States during the 1930s - from Chicago in 1933 to New York City in 1939. Besides offering a fascinating look back at our country's history, it's also a great way for history buffs to earn their My Mitten badge!

Take a Hike!

Looking for a way to get some exercise, see some beautiful scenery and earn your My Michigan badge? Then go to MichiganTrailMaps.com and check out the almost 170 trails in the Lower Peninsula which have been mapped out for potential hikers.

Hiking Michigan by Roger E. Storm, Susan M. Wedzel

Michigan Myths, Legends & Folklore for Kids

Have you ever wondered how the Sleeping Bear Dunes got their name? Or how Mackinac Island came to be? If so, check out these books on Michigan myths, legends, and folklore and earn your 'My Mitten' badge.

The legend of the Petoskey stone by Kathy-jo Wargin ; illustrated by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen

The legend of Leelanau by written by Kathy-Jo Wargin ; illustrated by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen

The legend of Mackinac Island by Kathy-jo Wargin ; illustrations by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen

The legend of sleeping bear by text by Kathy-jo Wargin ; illustrations by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen

Clever Beatrice by written by Margaret Willey ; illustrated by Heather McWhorter

Visit an Historic Bridge

Michigan is home to many historic bridges which are located throughout the state. To get you started on your search, check out the Michigan Historic Bridges list from the MDOT page, or the Historic Bridges of Michigan section of HistoricBridges.org. Either site will give you numerous suggestions to plan your excursion. A great way to earn your My Mitten badge and learn a little history at the same time!

Teen Fiction Set in Michigan

Looking for a novel that takes place in our very own great state? Check out these novels set throughout Michigan, from Detroit to Flint to the shores of Lake Michigan.

Albatross by Josie Bloss

Queen of secrets by Jenny Meyerhoff

Cheated by Patrick Jones

The goddess test by Aimée Carter

The morgue and me by John C. Ford

Belle by Beverly Jenkins

Chasing tail lights by Patrick Jones

Children's Historical Fiction Set in Michigan

Travel back in time to various points in Michigan history with these historical fiction novels:

Bud, not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

The mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

The log cabin wedding by Ellen Howard ; illustrated by Ronald Himler

Willow Run by Patricia Reilly Giff

The locked garden by Gloria Whelan

The sign of the sinister sorcerer by Brad Strickland

The shadow of the wolf by Gloria Whelan ; illustrated by Tony Meers

Children's Fiction Set in Michigan

Ellie McDoodle: have pen, will travel by Ruth McNally Barshaw

Mom for mayor by Nancy Edwards ; illustrated by Michael Chesworth

Sparrow Road by Sheila O'Connor

Gator on the loose! by Sue Stauffacher ; illustrated by Priscilla Lamont

The Danger Box by Blue Balliett

Hidden by Helen Frost

The batboy by Mike Lupica

Michigan Historical Museum

MichiganA great way to earn your My Mitten badge is to visit the Michigan Historical Museum in Lansing. Current exhibits include The First People to 1900, Michigan in the Twentieth Century, and Put it on Paper. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Earn your My Mitten badge this summer by visiting the Charles H. Wright Muesum of African American History. Located in Detroit's Midtown area, among its many attractions is its core exhibit And Still We Rise: Our Journey Through African American History and Culture.

The African-American century: how Black Americans have shaped our country by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Cornel West

National Cherry Festival

This year's National Cherry Festival takes place June 29 to July 6 in Traverse City. Along with the numerous cherry delights, the festival includes cruises, parades, live music, arts & crafts, and family events. Scheduled to appear live are Edgar Winter, Aaron Tippin, Foreigner, and Styx. Earning your My Mitten badge couldn't be any easier - or more fun!

Traverse City and the Leelanau Peninsula: hand-altered polaroid photographs by Cynthia Davis


Traverse City: from farmstead to lakeshore by Thomas Kachadurian

Harborfest 2013

Celebrate South Haven's maritime history at this year's Harborfest celebration. Festivities include food, crafts, boat racing and a Renaissance festival, and run from June 20 to the 23rd.  Have fun and earn your My Mitten badge at the same time.

Maritime South Haven: 1900-1950 by Michigan Maritime Museum

Automotive Hall of Fame

Learn about the pioneers of the auto industry through visual and interactive exhibits at the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn. Located next door to the Henry Ford Museum, it opened in 1997. A fun and informative way to earn your My Mitten badge.

The Ford century: Ford Motor Company and the innovations that shaped the world by Russ Banham ; foreword by Paul Newman

The American auto factory by Byron Olsen and Joseph Cabadas ; foreword by Ben Hamper

Riding the roller coaster: a history of the Chrysler Corporation by Charles K. Hyde

Billy Durant: creator of General Motors by Lawrence R. Gustin

Hydroplane Racing on the Detroit River

Watch Unlimited Hydroplanes race on the Detroit River at speeds close to 200 miles an hour at this year's APBA Gold Cup Race. This year's event runs July 13-14 and is a great way to earn your My Mitten badge.

Hydroplane racing in Detroit, 1946-2008 by David D. Williams and the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum

Ford Fireworks

fireworks: fireworksCelebrate our nation's birthday and earn your My Mitten badge at the Detroit Ford Fireworks display on June 24 at 10:00 PM. The 55th annual event takes place along the Detroit River and Hart Plaza. For more fireworks display in Wayne County click here.

Michigan Modern

Visit the new exhibit at the Cranbook Art Museum and earn your My Mitten badge! Opening June 14, Michigan Modern: design that shaped America celebrates our state's contributions to modern design, including the architects Albert Kahn, Eero Saarinen, and Minoru Yamasaki. The exhibit will be available until October 13. The Cranbrook Art Museum is also part of this year's Michigan Activity Pass program.

Electric Forest Festival

The 2013 Electric Forest Festival takes place this year in Rothbury, Michigan from June 27-30. This year's performers include The String Cheese Incident, Passion Pit, Yeasayer and Pretty Lights. Click here for directions and have a great time earning your My Mitten badge.

Savvy Seniors: June 2013

If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about youMichigan's state motto is "If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you." One of the best places to find out what's going on around the state is the Pure Michigan website. Fairs, festivals, cultural events, sports, exhibits. Visitors can find hotel packages, dining recommendations, hot spots, and more.

Naturalization Workshop

Attorney Ruby Robinson of the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center will provide a workshop on becoming a naturalized citizen. Get help with paperwork via workstations manned by law students, have your paperwork reviewed by an attorney and get advice on the final steps in the process. Join us on July 7 at 1:00 PM to start on the path to citizenship. Registration is required for this workshop and you will need to bring immigration documents with you.

A 1000 Mile Walk on the Beach with Loreen Niewenhuis

Michigan native Loreen Niewenhuis has always had a connection to and deep love of Lake Michigan. She decided to make the 1000 mile trek around the lake and then wrote A 1000 Mile Walk on the Beach: One Woman's Trek of the Perimeter of Lake Michigan. Next, she decided to touch every Great Lake and her second big trek resulted in A 1000 Mile Great Lakes Walk. Loreen will share her fascinating story with us on August 15 at 7:00 PM. She will also sell and sign her books for our enjoyment. Don't miss this one.

Preserving and Canning with Chef Mary Spencer

RaspberryCulinary instructor Mary Spencer will answer all of your canning and preserving questions. She will demonstrate how to preserve Sugared Raspberries and how to can homemade fresh vegetable salsa. Mary has studied under the best, including Jacques Pepin, Milos Cihelka and many more. She has taught classes at Kitchen Glamour, Kitchen Witch, ABC Warehouse and now runs her own cooking school in Northville called Taste: A Cook's Place, LLC. Come learn Mary's lessons on saving our summer bounty and share in a small tasting on July 31 at 7:00 PM.