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Time Capsule Sendoff, Odawa History Part Of Lakeshore’s 50th Celebration This Month

Oct. 1, 2021

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes are holding a virtual celebration on the park’s official anniversary, Thursday, October 21. This 30-minute event begins at 7pm and is an opportunity to celebrate the Lakeshore’s 50th anniversary milestone. (The park was established by Congress on October 21, 1970; the park is celebrating belatedly with the theme of "51 is the New 50.")

Attendees can expect messages from park staff and park partners, unveiling of the name of the park’s new mobile visitor center, and a chance to see the contents of the park’s time capsule before it is left untouched for the next 25 years. Find a link to register for the free event here

Along with the virtual anniversary celebration, the Lakeshore will be virtually hosting Eric Hemenway, Anishinaabe historian, on Tuesday, October 5 at 7pm. This hour-long Zoom event will focus on the Odawa tribe of Western Michigan. A link to this Zoom session can be found here

Pictured: Empire Bluff, courtesy National Park Service.


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