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Saginaw church honored with historic marker

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

A Saginaw church celebrated its 175th year with honors. First Presbyterian Church unveiled a state historic marker Sunday morning.

The church had humble beginnings in a carpenter shop on what is now North Michigan Avenue and Ames Street. The congregation built a white clapboard church at the current site in 1852, it was the first permanent religious building in the city.

Saginaw Mayor Greg Branch was on hand for the celebration, he reflects on the history.

"In recognition of the town's first structure built exclusively for worship, the citizens of Saginaw presented the new First Presbyterian Church with a 750 pound bell," said Branch.

A group of church members applied for the plaque through the Historical Society of Michigan. They had to submit paperwork, newspaper articles and photos.

"We worked very very clemently on the wording for the marker and to get it OK'd by the state, everything's perfect," said choir member Donn Cramton.

The Castle Museum will feature an exhibit about the historic church this winter.

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