Today in Michigan History

August 27, 1856

Abraham Lincoln spoke in Kalamazoo.

Campaigning for Republican presidential candidate John C. Fremont, Abraham Lincoln arrived in Kalamazoo for a campaign rally. Lincoln spent the night before returning to Illinois. It was his only visit to Michigan.

Thank you Michigan History Magazine for this glimpse into our past.  See more at www.michiganhistorymagazine.com.

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Hey Michiganders! Votes needed!!

Here at Michigan is Amazing we are looking for your input on our next Top Ten List.

This week we want to know what are your Michigan Summer must-do’s before Fall arrives on September 22nd!  So tell us…what’s your Michigan Summer last hoorah?  Leave a comment or send us an email (michiganisamazing@michaelflora.com).

The list will be up next Tuesday!

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Today in Michigan History

August 26, 1817

Public education came to Michigan.

The first serious effort to promote public education in Michigan was attempted with passage of a territorial act providing for “A Catholepistemiad or University of Michigania.” This act was the brainchild of Judge Augustus Woodward. Little came of the grandiose scheme, except setting forth certain principles that become the basis for Michigan’s system of education. In 1929, the regents of the University of Michigan—which was established in 1837—adopted 1817 as the date their school was founded.

Thank you Michigan History Magazine for this glimpse into our past.  See more at www.michiganhistorymagazine.com.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite Michigan College Towns/Campuses

Based on the input from our readers, here are the Top Ten Favorite MichiganCollege Towns/Campuses:

10. University of Detroit- Mercy (Detroit)

9. Central Michigan (Mt. Pleasant)

8. Alma College (Alma)

7. Northern Michigan (Marquette)

6. Wayne State (Detroit)

5. Lake Superior State (Sault St. Marie)

4. Western Michigan (Kalamazoo)

3. Grand Valley (Allendale)

2. U of M (Ann Arbor)

1. MSU (East Lansing)