By Majher, Patricia A.
Michigan History Magazine , Vol. 96, No. 4
Are you fond of Facebook? If yes, have you discovered that Michigan History has its own page on the social networking site? We maintain this presence to help us engage our fans in conversation about all manner of topics that relate to Michigan's fascinating past.
Every weekday, Editorial Assistant Izzi Bendall posts something on our Facebook page that you might find interesting. Sometimes it's a trivia question relating to an article in the current issue. (Ann Denver Madden is a whiz at answering these.) Other times, it's an open-ended question, such as this one from March 6: "Is anyone planning a history-themed vacation inside Michigan this year?" Craig Rich was one of a dozen readers to leave a comment. He plans on diving this summer, and says that "it's like floating through an ice-water museum and going back in time to the days when hundreds of schooners visited Michigan's ports. The maritime history that lives right beneath the surface of our Great Lakes is astounding!"
In another open-ended question, Izzi queried readers about how long they'd been receiving Michigan History. David McCord bested everyone with his answer of 40 years. But several other respondents were in the 20-year range. (Thank you for your long-term support!)
On occasion, we've posted a short survey on Facebook. In honor of Women's History Month, we asked which woman our readers most enjoyed learning about in Michigan History during the past year. The answer was a tie between inventor Clarissa Britain and politician Elly Peterson. Respondents were more emphatic about which term they preferred to call themselves--Michigander or Michiganian--with 80 percent favoring the former. …