Ice Age arrives

A new mammoth-size exhibit will make the Tri-Cities Historical Museum its home for the next several months.
Alex Doty
Feb 28, 2013

The museum's Ice Age Imperials exhibit opens today and runs through August.

“It is Great Lakes-oriented and it is representative of this region,” Tri-Cities Historical Museum Director Kenneth Pott said. “It’s as local as any story we’ve ever told.”

The traveling exhibit allows visitors to explore the prehistoric era when mammoths, giant beavers and saber-tooth cats roamed the Great Lakes region. It is located in the Akeley Building’s Centennial Hall in downtown Grand Haven.

Pott said the exhibit was made possible by the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation and the Marian A. & Ruth K. Sherwood Family Fund.

“I discovered the exhibit when I was in St. Joseph,” said Pott, who was the director of the museum there at the time. “It was new at that time, so we engaged with the (exhibit provider) and served as the first venue.”

Pott said when it became available, he thought the traveling exhibit would be a good fit for Grand Haven, too.

“We thought it was certainly as relevant to Grand Haven as it was to St. Joseph,” he said. “It tells a story about the early flora and fauna of the region.”

The museum's curator of exhibits, Steven Radtke, said the new display appeals to people of all ages and interests.

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WANT TO GO?

What: Ice Age Imperials exhibit

When: Today through August

Where: Tri-Cities Historical Museum, 200 Washington Ave., Grand Haven

The museum will host a public reception from 7-8 tonight (Thursday) to open the exhibit.

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