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MiGreatPlaces: Traverse City History Center Holds LEGOs Exhibit

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Every kid has played with them and many adults as well.

But the toys known as LEGO have come a long way since the were first introduced in the 1950's.

"They're the new fad for a lot of local artists, but it's also something the kids are interested in and it's very impressive to see what they can build."

LEGO artists have helped create the newest exhibit at the Traverse City History Center. It's a building block adventure with a maritime theme.

"I was trying to think of something that was really impressive out of LEGO, but was also really special to the area and we're Pure Michigan, so why not do something around our water."

Acting Executive Director Maddie Buteyn came up with the idea and the artists ran with it.

"I called my two LEGO builders and I asked them if they were able to do this. And they had ideas and they were so excited about this. So I basically gave them the freedom to do what they would like, and they knew the space and just showed up. And it was pretty impressive to see what they were putting together."

From a nine-foot canal lock system, to an impressive pirate island, the exhibit is something to see, but they can't touch.

Downstairs, kids can exercise their creative juices and create masterpieces of their own.

But Buteyn hopes visitors see beyond the bricks.

"I hope they actually learn some of the history. My favorite is the pirates, the pirates in the Great Lakes. That just blows my mind but it makes sense. So, I'm hoping parents share with the children the history as well as the amazing structures because that's the point of our museum to educate and share our culture and past."

Tomorrow, Friday, July 11, Scott Thompson, the LEGO artist from Midland, will be at the museum building a mural with the public. That runs from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For all the details on the Great Lakes Block Building Adventure, click here