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Music. Prayer.

Music. Why we observe this day-By one of the school. Recitation.

The pioneers of our township-By one of them.
Paper—The adoption of the State constitution.

Paper-Home life and customs of pioneers.

Paper-Some prominent pioneers of Michigan.

Paper-Transportation in Michigan.

Closing song.

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The following outline may be used by the pupils in preparing a historical sketch of the school district. Copies of these sketches should be preserved, and it will be a very good idea to have some of them printed, framed, and hung in the schoolroom. A copy of them should also be sent to the Secretary of the State Pioneer and Historical Society at Lansing.


1. Name of district and why so named. 2. Township. 3. When district was organized. 4. When and where first schoolhouse was built and cost of the same. 5. When present schoolhouse was built and cost of the same. 6. Name of the first director and of the first teacher. 7. Names and present addresses of the first residents of the district. 8. Name of the present residents of the district. 9. Names of all the teachers who have been employed, so far as known. 10. Size of the district in sections of land. 11. Population and valuation of the district. 12. Number included in the first school census and number at present.

In the same way the history of the township and county might be prepared. It would be an excellent plan to have some pupils sent biographies of the first residents of the district. In these articles any legend or historical allusion that would be of interest should be mentioned.

As a part of the program it would be well to have some of the old residents still living in the district give a short talk on their recollections of their school days. It would be especially interesting to the children to have given a description of the household utensils and schoolhouse arrangements and appurtenances, and to have as many of these articles as possible on exhibition at the schoolhouse. The exhibit should include books, spinning wheels, reels, kettles, andirons, tongs, candlesticks, snuffers, etc. Every effort should be made to interest the older people of the district in the exercises, and to interest the children in the old people and the early history of the locality. The topics given on the succeeding page may be used from time to time in order to give the children some "search topics."


1. Original boundaries of Michigan. 2. Labors of Pere Marquette, La Salle, Cadillac, other Jesuits and early ex

plorers. 3. The Indians—Their legends and their wars. 4. Troubles with foreign powers. 5. Toledo war and acquisition of Upper Peninsula. 6. Houghton-His work and aims. 7. Territorial government and officers. 8. State government and officers. 9. Organization of counties and townships. 10. Mineral discoveries. 11. Our forests—Their past and future. 12. The growth of public schools—books and studies. 13. Michigan's unwritten history-King Strang and others. 14. Transportation From the pack horse, canoe, and stage coach to the electric


15. Development of charitable institutions. 16. Home life and customs of pioneers—Church privileges, dress, furniture,

toys, books, amusements. 17. Primitive methods and present methods. 18. Our debt to the pioneer, the State, the State Pioneer and Historical

Society. 19. What can we do to show our gratitude for present comforts? 20. How can we collect the early history of our State and gather relics for

the museums? 21. Early traditions. 22. Indian mounds. 23. Life in the early days and at present. 24. Adoption of the State constitution. 25. Primary school fund (see Department report for 1903).


Suitable for use in history classes of public schools.

Arranged by Commissioner E. W. Baker.




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The mound builders and their work in Michigan.
The mound builders in Michigan..
The mound builders in Michigan.
Ancient garden beds of Michigan..
Mounds and mound builders of the Saginaw valley.
Antiquities of Michigan

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Our forerunners (History of Indians)....
The invasion of the Saginaw valley (Indian)
The Michigan Indians
The Indians of Michigan and the cession of their lands.

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Early French settlements in Michigan.
Early French occupation of Michigan
Old French traditions
Early French missions on the Saginaw.
The Jesuits in Michigan.....
Pere Marquette, the missionary explorer.
Marquette and the early Jesuits..
The naming of Lake St. Clair.
Fort Pontchartrain du Detroit.
Early Detroit
Fort St. Joseph
Conspiracy of Pontiac
Pontiac and the siege of Detroit.
Pontiac; or the siege of Detroit.
Henry Gladwin and the siege of Pontiac.
History of the Grand Traverse region...
The province of Michilimackinac.
The Jesuit missionaries of the 17th and 18th centuries.

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Letter from Capt. Etherington telling of the massacre at Mackinac..
Indian deed for Mackinac Island 1781..
Point St. Ignace
Old Mackinaw
The island of Mackinac
Tales and traditions
An incident in the capture of Mackinaw.
The discovery of the long lost grave of Marquette.
The American Fur Company
The old church and mission at Mackinac.
The old mission church at Mackinac Island.


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Territorial government in Michigan
Edward Tiffin's opinion of Michigan in 1815.
Battle and massacre at Frenchtown.
War with the Sac and Fox Indians.
Toledo war and admission of Michigan.
The Michigan and Ohio boundary line..
Account of the boundary dispute with Ohio.
How the Upper Peninsula became a part of Michigan.
The Michigan-Indiana boundary
The southern and western boundaries of Michigan.
The international boundary line of Michigan..
Sixty-two years ago (An old map)..

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Fifty years of growth in Michigan.
History of Fort Gratiot
Early history of Michigan
The public domain, its surveys and surveyors.
The patriotic war of 1839 on this frontier.
Survey of the northwestern lakes
The first trip by steam on Lake Superior.
The “Walk-In-the-Water"
Early commerce of the upper lakes.
The great lakes
Railroad history of Michigan
The great conspiracy (Against the M. C. Ry.)
Wild cat banking system of Michigan.
History of the Black Hawk war..
Removal of the capital from Detroit.
Locating the State capital at Lansing.
Burning of the old State capitol.
The new State capitol
How Lansing became the capital
Some prominent Michigan men
The days of fife and drum (1861-5).
Driving the first stakes for the capitol at Lansing.

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The Upper Peninsula
The Lake Superior country
Early explorations and discovery of iron ore.
Life in the copper mines of Lake Superior.
Finance of mining
War times in the copper mines.
Life and labors of Bishop Baraga.
The Ontonagon boulder
The Grand Portage Indian reservation..
The early mission at Sault Ste. Marie..
The Detroit & Lake Superior Copper Co.'s smelting works.

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