Great Lakes
A couple – who later married and spent 61 years together – on the beach at Grand Haven State Park in 1948 for their first date. Their story is part of the online memory map that collected state parks stories as part of the parks’ centennial celebration. Photo provided by Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

MI - Storytelling connects people to Michigan’s natural, cultural resources

When I mention that I work for the Department of Natural Resources, I often get puzzled looks and comments along the lines of, “You don’t look like a park ranger” or “I didn’t know you are a hunter.”

For some, the DNR is all about hunting and fishing. For others, it’s about wildlife habitat conservation or forest management. Some people know that the DNR conserves, protects and manages not only our state's natural resources but also many of its cultural resources.

As the community engagement director for the DNR’s Michigan History Center, which includes the Archives of Michigan and 12 museums and historic sites, I know the DNR as an agency that collects and shares the stories of our state’s people, places and events.

Whether told around the campfire or in a family kitchen, these stories are valuable cultural assets. Taken together, they provide a fuller picture of the rich and diverse lives – then and now – of our state’s greatest resources: its people.

Read the full story here.