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Two new historical markers OK'd by state

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The Michigan Historical Commission at its Dec. 6 meeting OK'd new Michigan State Historical Markers for the Ford Building in downtown Detroit and a famous Civil War cavalry unit.

The 19-story Ford Building was built between 1907 and 1909 and was among the city's first skyscrapers. The 250-foot-tall structure was the tallest building in Detroit for several years.

A marker honoring the Michigan Cavalry Brigade will be set up in Franklin County, PA, in connection with the Battle of Gettysburg campaign. Four regiments of horse soldiers made up the brigade. The marker commemorates the brigade's service during a torrential rainstorm on the night of July 4-5, 1863.

The new markers will be added to more than 1,700 familiar green-and-gold signs found across Michigan and in a growing number of out-of-state locations.

"Since 1955, the Michigan Historical Marker program has chronicled the people, places and events that make Michigan's heritage unique and unforgettable. Each is a tangible reminder of where we have come from and an inspiration for where we might go," said Sandra Clark, director of the Michigan Historical Center.

Individual and organizational sponsors nominate the markers and purchase them once the text and location are approved by the commission. Professional historians at the Michigan Historical Center draft the text, working with the sponsors, and make recommendations for approval by the commission at its regular meetings. The final step in the process is the purchase and dedication of the markers by their local sponsors. For more information on the historical marker program, including application information, visit

The Michigan Historical Commission advises the state on its history programs, including the Michigan Historical Center, part of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. For more information on the commission, go to The center's museum and archival programs help people discover, enjoy and find inspiration in their heritage. It includes the Michigan Historical Museum, 10 regional museums, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve and the Archives of Michigan. Learn more at

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