On Saturday, July 16, 2016 the Frances Willson Thompson Library was a stop during the Flint & Genesee Convention and Visitor Bureau’s fourth annual Be a Tourist on Your Home Town event. The event ran from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and “tourists” paid $1 for a wristband that admitted them to many of the cultural and educational institutions in downtown, the campus/cultural, and the Miller Road/Court Street areas. MTA provided free bus routes to get between the various destinations.
In our atrium we had a peek behind the scenes of the CNN broadcast that took place around the Democratic Presidential Debate on March 6, 2016.
We opened the Genesee Historical Collections Center for the day. The Center’s typical hours are Monday – Friday 1 – 5 p.m., with additional evening hours on Wednesdays until 9 p.m.
On display were some photos from the collection, most notably about the Arab American history of Flint and Genesee County.
We also opened the Crapo Room, so that visitors could step into the 19th century. The Crapo Room was created in part to preserve the memory of Governor Henry Howland Crapo, Michigan’s 14th governor (serving from 1865 – 1869) and a Flint industrialist. Most the the furnishings and items in the room have been donated by his descendants, including Frances Willson Thompson, his great-granddaughter and the library’s benefactor.
Visitors to the Crapo Room were able to experience some early 20th century entertainment in the form of a music box, which was given to the Nurses Home of Hurley Hospital by William Crapo Durant in memory of his mother Rebecca Crapo Durant (daughter of Governor Crapo) in the 1920s.
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We enjoyed welcoming our hometown tourists and we look forward to next year’s event!