Wolverine Boys' State / Wolverine Girls' State

Wolverine Boys' State / Wolverine Girls' State (tmp-e357f)

Location: Lansing, MI 48915 Ingham County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 44.095', W 84° 34.629'

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Wolverine Boys' State: The American Legion
On November 28, 1937, the board of directors of The American Legion established Wolverine Boys' State. American Legion departments in other states, including Ohio and Indiana, had existing programs. The American Legion sought to teach citizenship and leadership to boys by training them in the fundamental principles of American government. Individual legion posts sponsored local boys who were "mentally alert, vigorous and enthusiastic and honest and thrifty " The first Boys' State was held at Michigan State College (present day Michigan State University) in East Lansing. Posts sent eight hundred boys at a cost of $12.50 each for the ten day event. In 1946, Boys' Nation was organized.
Wolverine Girls' State: American Legion AuxiliaryOn 1941 the women of the American Legion Auxiliary established Wolverine Girls' State. The organization's original purpose was "to find and develop girls who show inherent tendencies toward leadership." The first Girls' State meeting was held in June 1941 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The eight-day program included sessions on entertaining, etiquette, drama, nursing, art and music appreciation and citizenship. In 1952, to accommodate women's changing roles, the auxiliary shifted the organization's focus to inform girls
about 'the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of American citizenship and self -government'. Girls' Nation was established in 1947.
HM Numbertmp-e357f
Year Placed1991
Placed ByBureau of History, Michigan Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, June 19th, 2017 at 6:42pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 698334 N 4734225
Decimal Degrees42.73491667, -84.57715000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 44.095', W 84° 34.629'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 44' 5.7" N, 84° 34' 37.74" W
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Area Code(s)517
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 201-299 N Verlinden Ave, Lansing MI 48915, US
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