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History Center Coast Guard City Exhibit

TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN:  The History Center of Traverse City (HCTC) will close its “Building Blocks of America” exhibit on Labor Day, September 2nd.  A Lego Coast Guard Helicopter, by Dan Parker, a Lego Professional Artist will introduce a new exhibit titled “Guardians of the lakes.”   Lego replicas of our Nation’s iconic structures have been enjoyed by over 15,000 guests from all over the world.  “Today, guests from Denmark sought out our museum to see what Traverse City is doing with their home grown Lego exhibit,” stated Bill Kennis, History Center Executive Director.  “Nearly half of our visitors are from outside the State of Michigan”, said Kennis. The featured Lego structures included a 10’ tall Statue of Liberty, Monticello (Thomas Jefferson’s Home), White House, Seattle Space Needle, Golden Gate Bridge & Empire State Building.  Kids helped build the 24’ Mackinaw Bridge during the grand opening Memorial weekend.  Other Michigan buildings are exhibited including Building 50 from the Traverse City State Hospital.
Beyond the static Lego exhibits , everyone can freelance build (assorted play bricks) and test drive their creations down a 18’ ramp; younger guests can play in the life-sized  block tunnels and with Jumbo Blocks for building boats, forts, and providing towers of fun.
The Lego Exhibit, “Building Blocks of America” featured until Labor Day and is open 7 days a week 10-5 p.m. except Sunday 12-5 p.m.  Don’t miss additional Children’s fun that includes:  excavating for rocks and minerals, copper ingots and arrowheads in 2,000 pounds of cherry pits and exploring hands-on the train and logging industry in our Children’s Cupola.  Magical History Trolley Tours are fun yet educational about TC’s history runs ThursdayMonday check website for times and reservation information or call for information.
The “Guardians of the Lake” Coast Guard exhibit opens Saturday, August 31st and will be displayed until Labor Day, 2014. The exhibit features an overview of US Coast Guard history, local US Coast Guard history, video clips through the years, vintage photos, models, uniforms and interactive activities for children. 
The History Center of Traverse City Museum is also featuring “Traverse History From Above” aerial photos from the 1920’s through the 1970’s. The aerial exhibit covers areas including: The State Hospital, Front Street, Bay front, Central Neighborhood, Civic Center area, Iron works and with other amazing shots.
“We are focused on a family friendly education experience for families, students and visitors interested in our wonderful local history”; stated Bill Kennis – Executive Director of the History Center.
HCTC exhibits open daily.  Cost is $5 for all guests, age 4 and under free.  History Center of Traverse City, 322 Sixth Street Traverse City, Michigan 49684 (231) 995-0313, traversehistory.org.

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