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eMacomb - Groundbreaking News, Winter 2012

Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society Museum

Museum honoring Michigan’s defense of democracy opens in Eastpointe.

The Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society (MTHS) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to telling the story of how Michigan became the “Arsenal of Democracy” during the 20th century through the efforts of its resident and military personnel. 

Formed in 2008, the group officially opened its collection to the public on Veteran’s Day (11-11-11) in Eastpointe, Michigan.  Located at 16600 Stephens, just east of Gratiot, the 11,000 square foot facility is currently exhibiting Michigan-made products as they were used in 20th century conflicts. 

In one corner, a life-sized photograph of an army barrack serves as the backdrop for soldier seated on a cot waterproofing his Wolverine (Rockford, MI) boots.   An open foot locker reveals all the essentials of the day. 

According to Chris Causley, president and co-founder of MTHS, the group has come a long way since its members assembled traveling displays for big events like Mount Clemens’ Stars and Stripes Festival or the Chesterfield Historical Society Heritage Days.  “Michigan’s contribution to defending our freedom throughout the last century is an important story.  We are thrilled for the opportunity to share it with the public.”

The building was formerly an Eastpointe senior center that was closed during the summer of 2010.  With approval of city council, MTHS holds a three-year lease with the city.

“We’re proud of the work of MTHS to preserve Michigan’s support our nation’s defense,” says Steve Duchane, City Manager of Eastpointe.  “Not only are they providing a great cultural resource for the community, but they have also helped us turn a budget negative asset into a much more positive budget neutral position.”

The museum is open to the public on weekends and also by appointment.  Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and they are open on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.  Admission for individuals age 16 and over is $5, families with two adults and children under 16 can enter for $7 and senior citizens, military personnel and retirees, students with ID are $3.  Children under 16 accompanied by an adult are free.

A new exhibit, made possible through partnership with the Michigan Civil Defense Museum, will feature the history of civil defense with information about today’s Michigan Volunteer Defense Force. 

Corporate sponsorship helps to support MTHS operating expenses and expansion.  Current major sponsors include, United Auto Parts, Jim Causley Pontiac, Eastpointe Lions Club, American Rosie the Riveter Association and individuals.

Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society Museum

16600 Stephens Rd
Eastpointe, MI


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