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Special Events

Free-Family-Day-genericFREE! Family Day

Saturday, September 13, 2014

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join Museum staff and volunteers for our first FREE Family Days of the 2014-15 school year! Children of all ages will have a chance to make crafts, explore the galleries and get hands-on in the museum from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Family Day is generously sponsored by the William G. Gilmore Foundation.


miguelSeptember Crossroads Lecture

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

“From Colonies to Independent Nations: The Mexican Experience”

12 Noon – 1 p.m. (Brown Bag Lecture)

When Napoleon invaded Spain, deposed King Ferdinand VII, and placed his own brother on the Spanish throne, wars for independence broke out across Spanish America. Many of these wars were said to be motivated by loyalty to the deposed king, but they also unleashed the lower classes’ simmering hatred of the rigidly hierarchical and brutally racist colonial system. Nowhere was this truer than Mexico, where the war for independence began on September 6, 1810. The cry, “Viva Mexico” and “Death to the Spaniards” opened not only a war against Napoleon’s Spain, but a civil war between the haves and have-nots.

Ilene O’Malley is the Museum’s bilingual educator. She holds a PhD in History from the University of Michigan with a specialty in Mexican culture.

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