Historic carousel may return to Crystal

By Daily News • Last Updated 11:40 am on Monday, October 22, 2012

A community meeting to discuss the future of the historic Crystal carousel is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Crystal Community Center. — Courtesy photo

CRYSTAL TOWNSHIP — The Crystal Township Historical Society (CTHS) is hoping to convince the Michigan State University Museum Organization that the Crystal community is ready for the return of a historic carousel.

The 1916 Herschell Spillman carousel left town in the late 1970s after spending more than 40 years in Crystal, entertaining residents and visitors. In 1979, it was donated to MSU to keep it in Michigan and to insure its preservation.

Over the past three decades, MSU has loaned the carousel to other organizations, but now it’s being returned to MSU and officials are determining where it should go next.

This past summer, CTHS President David Wight contacted MSU and expressed an interest in having the carousel returned to the Crystal community as it is part of the Crystal’s history. Just this past week, the MSU Museum Organization contacted Wight and requested a formal proposal from the CTHS outlining a potential location, along with maintenance and operational plans should the carousel return to Crystal.

There will be a public meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Crystal Community Center (former school) to discuss the opportunity and seek community input.

Contact Wight at (989) 235-4513 or cths@CrystalHistory.com for more information.

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