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Great Lakes Museum reopening after renovation

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 13, 2013 at 9:07 am •  Published: May 13, 2013

On display in the John A. and Marlene L. Boll Foundation Gallery, the early history section of "Built by the River" will examine Detroit's place at the center of the fur trade, and how its geographic placement made it a strategic spot for the French, British and American armed forces.

Later, its location on the river made Detroit a center of industrial development, manufacturing capital and marine transportation.

Hands-on interactive elements include a display simulating a speedboat racing down the Detroit River and a re-creation of an 18th century canoe, where visitors to the museum may climb in and experience what early settlers to the region might have felt upon arrival

"A River's Roar" is a new temporary exhibit in the museum's Great Lakes Gallery that provides an overview of the history of hydroplane racing in Detroit.