Adorable kittens and country landscapes came later - the first puzzles emerged in the mid-18th century in the form of dissected maps created as educational tools for children. The oldest puzzles were made of wood. Cardboard maps were eventually developed as less expensive alternatives, but wooden puzzles are still available today especially as teaching tools.
These two maps are of the United States were sold by Parker Brothers and Milton Bradley in the early 20th Century.
These puzzles will be on display in the MSU Map Library beginning the week of March 10, 2014. They were both gifts of Ronald Dietz.
Further reading: Cutting borders: Dissected maps and the origins of the jigsaw puzzle. An article written by Martin Norgate and published in 2007 in Cartographic Journal, volume 44 number 4 on pages 342-350.
A sea of green washed over the Capitol lawn Saturday in downtown Lansing as roughly 1,000 Girl Scouts joined together in a singalong of campfire songs to celebrate sisterhood. Saturday’s festivities celebrating the Girl Scout's 100th birthday included a parade, trips to Potter Park Zoo and the Michigan Historical Museum for a Girl Scouts exhibit, and evening fireworks at Cooley Law School Stadium.
For the full article, see Laura Misjak, "Lansing Capitol backdrop for giant Girl Scouts singalong; 1,000-plus celebrate group's 100th birthday", Lansing State Journal, March 11, 2012.
One of Michigan’s most successful chief executives, Alexander Groesbeck is credited with reorganizing state government. Although he was called, “aloof as a politician and dictatorial as governor,” Groesbeck was elected governor three times (1920, 1922 and 1924). He also lost his party’s nomination on three other occasions (1926, 1930 and 1934). A Republican, Groesbeck was born in Macomb County and worked in his father’s sawmill before attending the University of Michigan where he graduated with a law degree. Groesbeck was buried in Detroit.
Source : Michigan is Amazing
Under the stress of wage reductions and layoffs resulting from the nation's Depression, more than 1500 workers at REO Motor Car Co. in Lansing went on strike March 10, 1937.
Lansing Auto Worker declared during the event, "Reo Strike Is Nation's Model Demonstration". Reo workers shut down the factory and occupied it for a month. Workers remained peaceful, engaging in activities such as checkers, volleyball, and singing with the Reo Ramblers.
On April 7, 1937 the strike was settled, and the UAW was approved as the workers' union.
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Matthew Miller, "Lansing's sit-down strike 75 years ago brought UAW", Lansing State Journal, March 11, 2012.
For more information see The story of Reo Joe : work, kin, and community in Autotown, U.S.A. by Lisa M. Fine. Philadelphia, PA : Temple University Press, 2004. MSU community users can also read an electronic version.
Also check out the Lansing Auto Town Gallery courtesy of the Michigan State University Library Vincent Voice Library for interviews with former REO workers and their families, some of who recall the sit-down strike of 1937.
On March 10, 1902, Henry Ford resigned from the Henry Ford Company over a dispute with bankers. The company's name was changed and, under the leadership of Henry Leland, began building Cadillacs -- cars named for the founder of Detroit, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac.
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