Aug. 5 Rally Planned to Support Library of Michigan

Aug. 5 Rally Planned to Support Library of Michigan


The Michigan Genealogical Council (MGC) is organizing a public assembly in Lansing to show support for the state library and archives.

Those institutions are part of the Michigan Department of History, Arts and Libraries, which will be eliminated Oct. 1 in accordance with the governor’s July 13 executive order. Its agencies will be divvied up among other departments and may face severe cuts.

The assembly is scheduled for Wed., Aug. 5 at 9:45 a.m. on north and south lawns of the state capitol in Lansing. The state senate session begins that day at 10 a.m.

Participants will process to the Michigan Historical Center and join hands around the library (the building is about 1,800 feet around). After that, they’ll meet with legislators, do genealogy research or visit the museum.

For more information on the assembly, see the press release on MGC’s Web site.

MGC also shared some facts about the Library of Michigan:

  • It has the largest collection of Michigan newspaper microfilm in the country, with more than 1,700 titles covering all 83 counties and 400 cities, townships and villages.
  • It has the state’s largest collection of Michigan city directories.
  • The Michigan Collection has copies of resources for lending through interlibrary loan.
  • The Gorski collection, of resources for Michigan’s Polish heritage, isn’t available elsewhere.
  • The library funds the Michigan Electronic Library, which includes databases Michigan residents can use from home.
  • The library’s collection also focuses on the Great Lakes region, New England, the Mid-Atlantic, and the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario.

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