Family Saturdays at the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame

Family Saturdays at the Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame in Lansing

The Michigan Women’s Studies Association (MWSA), an academic professional organization, was founded in 1973 on the campus of Michigan State University to change what is thought and taught about women, particularly Michigan women, in schools, colleges, and universities. As an extension of that mission, the organization decided to establish a museum dedicated to women’s history, the first of its kind in the nation.

The Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame was dedicated and opened to the public on June 10, 1987, the anniversary date of Michigan’s ratification of the Women’s Suffrage Amendment. Since the opening, the Historical Center has encouraged Lansing’s efforts to restore Cooley Gardens, and is now surrounded by a beautiful garden and picnic area.

Admission is free for all on Family Saturdays

Saturday, August 13 – Great Girls in Michigan History 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Michigan girls do great things. Discover the incredible things Michigan girls do all around the state. Visitors of all ages will create a Great Girls of Michigan craft to take home.

Great Girls in Michigan History

Great Girls in Michigan History

Great Girls in Michigan History, Exhibit – On display through February 2017

Michigan women do great things. In this exhibit you will meet nine young women from different eras, with different dreams, from across the state of Michigan who all accomplished something amazing before the age of 20. It was not always easy for them, most had significant obstacles to overcome to reach their goals. Visitors will leave knowing what qualities Great Girls possess and inspired to reach their own dreams. This is appropriate for visitors of all ages.

Great Girls Exhibit

Great Girls Exhibit

More Family Saturdays

Saturday, September 10 – Celebrate Fall

Summer is over, but another fun season is ahead. Learn about Hall of Fame honoree Gwen Frostic and her dedication to the environment. Visitors of all ages will create a nature-themed block print just like Gwen Frostic.

Saturday, October 15 – BE a Great Girl Costume Party

BE a Great Girl and come to the museum dressed in your favorite costume. Visitors of the museum will be able to trick or treat with historical figures in Michigan’s history. Prizes will be given for best historical, most creative, and craziest costumes.

Saturday, November 12 – Votes for Women

Votes for women. The fight for the right to vote was very long for women, especially here in Michigan. Learn about Michigan’s road to women’s suffrage. Visitors will create a special “Votes for Women” sash to take home.

Saturday, December 10 – Holidays in the Mitten State

Michigan is home to many different ethnic holiday traditions. Tour the museum to celebrate the holiday season. Visitors of all ages will enjoy a special holiday craft activity to take home.

Hall of Fame Gallery

Hall of Fame Gallery

Mission: The Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame promotes equality of women by honoring the history and celebrating the accomplishments of Michigan women.

Vision: We envision a more equitable society where women and girls are empowered and supported to realize their potential.

Admission: $3.00 adults; $2.00 students (6-18 yrs); Free under 5; Admission is free for all on Family Saturdays

Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. and the 1st Sunday of every month 2 – 4 p.m. The Center is closed on major holiday weekends. Flexible times are available with advance group reservations.

Visitor Information

213 W. Malcolm X St., Lansing, MI  48933



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