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Stories From Cell Block 7: Women in Prisons By Abbey Williamson, Visitor Services Staff

Originally appeared in the Cell Block 7 email newsletter 

January 29, 2016 - Women prisons are a relatively new concept that came about in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. As early are the 1870’s there were separate female facilities, but they were overcrowded and often not very clean. In the early days of separate facilities the goal wasn’t necessarily rehabilitation of the women. They were already deemed as fallen, and thus beyond possibility of being reformed. But in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century the mindset changed and the women’s reformatory movement gained traction in facilities in the northeast, and overtime slowly started to spread to the west.

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Black History Month: A Jackson Michigan Woman's Cause

Lucy Thurman was perhaps the most prominent black woman temperance activist in the Midwest. When we think of temperance we think, “Oh those mean old ladies that didn’t want us to drink”. After watching Ken Burns "Prohibition" I realized in reality prohibition was actually a women’s rights issue. These are the days when it was legal to beat your wife with a switch no wider than your thumb. Many men of the era got raving drunk and did more than that. This is before alcoholism was seen as a disease and with no Alcoholics Anonymous for those with troubles to turn to, alcohol-related violence ran rampant.

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Congratulations to Jackson Public Schools on Becoming Jackson Certified

For Immediate Release 
Rebecca Calkins, Communications Director
(517) 764-4440
info@experiencejackson.com

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Top 15 Live Music Venues in Jackson and Why You Should Go Now

By: Rebecca Calkins | Communications Director | Originally appeared in the Online Exclusive for the February Jackson Magazine. 

Why enjoy live music anymore? Everything is available for free on the internet, people often say. When I’m sitting in the Weatherwax Hall at the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, watching and listening to the latest Affinity Series Concert, I feel powerful emotions that I do not feel alone in my car or in my living room. Here are my reasons to go see live music in Jackson:

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Top Five Ways to Choose Your Jackson Wedding Venue: From Barn Weddings to Vineyard Ceremonies

Pinterest has given us the opportunity to share and embrace wedding trends easily. With so many Bridal Expos to attend, some of you Michiganders may be filling up your Pinterest boards with mason jars, chalkboard menus and chevron cakes in the coming months. 

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New Year's Resolution #7: Spend Time with your Kids

Get your kids outside and active! Together you can "train" for the Childrenz Challenge on August 13, 2016, at Michigan International Speedway. 

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New Year's Resolution #6: Learn a New Hobby

Or practice your hobby more! Have you ever been interested in pottery? Looking to get back into the hobby?

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New Year's Resolution #5: Catch Up With Your Friends

Missing your long lost friends in the bleak of winter? 

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New Year's Resolution #4: Spend Time with Your Loved One

Did you resolve to spend more time with the one you love? Spend time on Valentine's Day, February 14th, it will be here before you know it!

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New Year's Resolution #3: Be Less Stressed & Explore Nature

Many of us find peace in nature, but you don't have to wait for spring to enjoy nature. How about cross-country skiing or snowshoeing along one of our well-maintained trails. 

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