Issue 95, JANUARY 2003

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  1. Granholm Becomes 47th Governor
  2. Michigan History Magazine Honors Women of Our Past
  3. A Car on Mackinac Island?

(1) Granholm Becomes 47th Governor

Governor Jennifer Granholm in her Inaugural Address today asked Michiganians to "light anew the flame of engagement" by being involved in action and service to their fellow citizens who comprise the Michigan family.

In remarks that included themes of family and fiscal responsibility, the state's 47th governor said state government under her direction will "be great and do great," but noted true greatness in trying economic times will require more than the work of government.

"Citizenship in a democracy is not a spectator sport, particularly in times as tough as these," Governor Granholm said today. "Understand, I am prepared to make the tough decisions, yet the house stands strong when the family thinks, talks, argues, resolves and works together."

Governor Granholm framed her remarks in the context of Janus, the god of entrances, gates and doors.

"The door has been opened, so bring in an air of innovation. The door has been opened, so breathe a renewed air of citizen patriotism, duty, and service to one another. The door has been opened, so bring in an air of possibility and hope. The door has been opened, and open it will remain," Governor Granholm said.

Governor Granholm pledged that she would not close the door on the people she has met on the road to the Governor's Office, including the Southfield grandmother unable to fill all of her drug prescriptions or the laid off worker she met in Flint. Nor, she remarked, will she slacken in her commitment to protect the state's clean water and unspoiled spaces of the state's two peninsulas.

The governor, whose administration will be dedicated to protecting families and educating children, made a special appeal to youngsters, noting that they hold in their hands the power to change the world.

"Ask not what power will do for you, ask what you will do with your power to impact our world," Governor Granholm said. "I invite you to participate in the bending of history in some purposeful way."

She paid tribute to the people who helped open the door for her to become Michigan's first woman governor, including her parents, former teachers, the citizens who voted for her and the brave women and just men who blazed the trail to the door of the Governor's Office.

"I pay respect to all whose faith in democracy, whose belief in equality and humanity cried out: knock and the door shall be opened," Governor Granholm said.

Governor Granholm closed her remarks with a call to citizens to look toward Michigan's future. "Let us look forward with unapologetic dreams and the unblinking determination to fulfill them. Walk with me, talk with me, work with me, each in our way to light anew the flame of engagement, of action and of service to our Michigan family. May that flame cast its light in every corner of our shared home, and may it reflect like a beacon for all of our country to follow."

Source: Michigan NewsWire, Jan. 3, 2003.

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(2) Michigan History Magazine Honors Women of Our Past

Jennifer Granholm has made recent history as the first woman governor of Michigan. Michiganians can learn more about her and other historical women in the November/December 2002 special issue of Michigan History magazine.

This issue, which focuses on amazing women in Michigan’s past, tells the stories of political activist Mildred Jeffrey, women’s rights activist Martha Griffiths, George Custer’s devoted wife Libbie and Michigan’s last Titanic survivor. This special issue also features readers’ submissions about the mothers, aunts, grandmothers and friends who made a difference in their lives.

“The role of women in our history demands greater attention,” said editor Roger Rosentreter. “We set out in this issue to chronicle as much about Michigan women as we could pack into 96 pages.”

Readers can find out more about selected Michigan History topics on the magazine’s Web site. On-line features from this issue include stories about activist Sojourner Truth, members of late-nineteenth century women’s clubs and the establishment of women’s sports programs in Michigan high schools. Visit Michigan History’s Web site at for these and other fascinating topics.

Michigan History has provided engaging articles about the state’s past since 1917. Every issue tells exciting stories of Michigan people and places, is filled with bold illustrations and colorful photos and highlights history-related books and places to visit. The magazine is produced six times a year, including an annual single-theme special issue.

Michigan History also offers a variety of Michigan heritage products and other publications, which can be seen on-line. For more information or to order Michigan History, telephone (800) 366-3703 or visit the magazine’s Web site.

Michigan History, the nation’s most widely circulated state history magazine, is a publication of the Michigan Historical Center, an agency of the Department of History, Arts and Libraries.

Source: Michigan NewsWire, Dec. 9, 2002.

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(3) A Car on Mackinac Island?

A new book about Mackinac area postcards contains a few surprises: a car driving on automobile-free Mackinac Island, boats that never existed and a Grand Hotel 50 percent larger than life.

Mackinac State Historic Parks (MSHP) Curator of Collections Steven C. Brisson reveals the secrets to these quirky postcards in his new book, Wish You Were Here, An Album of Vintage Mackinac Postcards. The book chronicles the rise of the postcard as a vacation travel staple from a Mackinac perspective. Its pages are packed with over 200 full-color examples of postcards from MSHP’s large collection.

Focusing on the first half of the twentieth century, Brisson uses the postcards to illustrate the different ways photographers and printers treated Mackinac subjects, ranging from Grand Hotel and Fort Mackinac to Arch Rock and Mackinac Island’s Main Street. Brisson’s captions provide a fascinating look into the history of the Mackinac area.

“These postcards are a wonderful document of early 20th century life, and this book allows us to share them with the public,” said Brisson. “It’s very interesting to see how different sites were portrayed, how different printers tinted the photographs. Sometimes the person adding color to a scene had never even been to Mackinac and just picked colors they liked!”

The book retails for $12.95 softcover and $18.95 hardcover. It is available for order via MSHP’s Web site:

Mackinac State Historic Parks is a family of living history parks and museums in the Straits of Mackinac, including Fort Mackinac, Mackinac Island State Park, Colonial Michilimackinac, Historic Mill Creek and Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse. For more information call 231-436-4100 or visit > on the Web.

Mackinac State Historic Parks is also an agency of the Department of History, Arts and Libraries, whose mission is to enrich the quality of life for Michigan residents by providing access to information, preserving and promoting Michigan’s heritage and fostering cultural creativity.

Source: Michigan NewsWire, Dec. 9, 2002.

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