The Michigan History Center is an organization that is devoted to collecting, preserving and interpreting Michigan’s past. As a collections intern, my responsibilities are to assist with inventory and relocating relics, updating ARGUS database records, entering meta-data for moving relics images online, and reading assigned materials on history and museum work.
About the collection
The Michigan Relics are fraudulent artifacts that were manufactured by contemporary makers during the later 1890s and early 1900s. The makers of the Relic attempted to pass them off as ancient archaeological discoveries by staging finds in several Michigan counties. Though they were debuted by numerous experts on linguistics and archaeology, the Relics gained a loyal following who promoted the frauds and offered them for sale.
More to come.