Growing Up in Michigan, 1880-1895, examines life in
Michigan through the eyes of five young people who grew and came of age
in the state during the last half of the 19th century. The exhibit
is on the Michigan Historical Museum's second-floor mezzanine level.
Enter via the Victorian-style stairway or an elevator in the Rural
Direct quotes from diaries and reminiscences are set against a
backdrop these exhibits: a one-room school, four period room settings
(parlor, dining room, bedroom and kitchen) and an outdoor/shed setting.
The artifacts in the rooms and outdoor settings relate to quotations
from the children's diaries and reminiscences.
The historical period of this exhibit
corresponds with the Victorian era (reign of Queen
Victoria in England, 1839-1901), the industrial revolution and the Growth
of Manufacturing era in Michigan. During these eras the development of machine
tools allowed mass production of furniture and decorative arts, clothing
and carriages, and engines that would power the motor car.