History comes alive at new military museum in Grass Lake


GRASS LAKE, Mich. (WLNS) — There’s a new attraction in mid-Michigan where you can honor veterans all year long.

6 News visited a new military history museum on its opening day to see how the stories of Michigan vets are being told.

Jim Whitaker of Grass Lake served in the U.S. Army in the 1960s.

And now he has the unique perspective of seeing part of his life in a museum.

“I saw the same uniform I wore in that era. I didn’t think for a small town like this, they’d have that much stuff,” said Whitaker.

After collecting artifacts for two years, Grass Lake Historical Connections just opened up its new Michigan Military Heritage Museum on Union Street in Grass Lake.

The collection spans from the revolutionary war to present day.

“Our primary mission is to tell the stories of the individuals. Though we’re using the artifacts to make that story complete, we really want to tell how the people were involved,” said museum docent Marilyn O’Leary.

You may notice there’s one room in the museum that might look a little bit empty.

That’s because history is still being written.

“From 9/11 and forward, we’ve began getting into the War on Terror. These people have not yet realized the historical importance of what they’ve been doing. And we’re interested in getting their stories and their artifacts,” O’Leary said.

History comes alive at the museum, showing us the sacrifice of these brave men and women.

Whitaker says honoring that sacrifice is easy.

“Just thank them for their service. This country wouldn’t be the way it is without the veterans,” Whitaker said.

The museum is located at 153 N. Union St. in Grass Lake.

It’s hosting a grand opening and flag ceremony this upcoming Sunday at 1 p.m.

Regular hours will be Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The museum has a low-cost admission.

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