A Special Exhibition in Celebration of 150+ Years of Owosso's History

Curwood Castle Park | June 24 - September 18, 2016



"Made In Owosso" is a once in a lifetime, 12-week historic exhibition presented and curated by the Owosso Historical Commission and the Shiawassee Arts Center. This free exhibition will showcase many of the manufacturing and retail companies and products that have made the city of Owosso unique over the course of 150+ years. Celebrating the cultural aesthetics of Owosso's retail and manufacturing history through artifacts, photographs, architecture, books and art, “Made in Owosso” will aspire to educate and entertain by telling compelling human stories. The four venues for “Made in Owosso” are all within Curwood Castle Park in downtown Owosso and will include the Shiawassee Arts Center, Curwood Castle Writing and Conservation Studio Museum, the 1836 Comstock Pioneer Cabin and the Woodard Paymaster Building. This 12-week exhibition opens on Friday, June 24 and runs through Sunday, September 18, 2016.

The exhibit is open and free to the public June 25 - September 18, 2016

Curwood Castle & Shiawassee Arts Center open Tuesday - Sunday, 1-5pm
Comstock Cabin & Woodard Paymaster Building open Saturday - Sunday, 1-5pm

Opening Reception: Friday, June 24, 6-8pm, Shiawassee Arts Center, Curwood Castle Conservation Studio Museum, Comstock Pioneer Cabin & Woodard Paymaster Building



The Shiawassee Arts Center, whose mission, “To sponsor and encourage participation and appreciation of the arts in Shiawassee County, and to present arts and cultural activities that educate, entertain and enhance the quality of life”, serves as a showcase for the work of statewide artists, offers year-round art classes for children and adults, provides a gallery for the impressionist paintings of native son, Frederick C. Frieseke, and presents high quality special exhibits like “Made in Owosso.” www.shiawasseearts.org

Curwood Castle Writing and Conservation Studio Museum, the Comstock Pioneer Cabin and the Woodard Paymaster Building – are part of The Curwood Collection, maintained, supported and preserved by the Owosso Historical Commission, whose vision, “To Foster Appreciation and Discovery of Owosso’s Heritage,” is supported by their mission “To recognize, preserve and bring public attention to the historical treasures of the city and to promote a historical interest in the arts.” The Curwood Collection also includes the Amos Gould House Museum, the Ivan Conger Archive Room and the Curwood Collection Archives. 



In order to realize the full scope and potential of an exhibition like “Made in Owosso,” the Shiawassee Arts Center and the Owosso Historical Commission have reached out to organizations and nonprofits in Owosso, the first time in recent history that this many have partnered to share concepts, ideas and resources. Every weekend during the exhibition, “Made in Owosso” will feature one of the organizations with special events – in Curwood Castle Park and at their locations. 


DeVries Nature Conservancy
Carriage & Sleigh Museum Open House

Saturday, July 16, 2016
1:00 to 5:00 pm
Location: DeVries Nature Conservancy


Friends of the Shiawassee River
Annual River Cleanup & Friends 20th Birthday Celebration

Friday, July 30, 2016
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location: Shiawassee River and Mitchell Amphitheater


Owosso Community Players
"James and the Giant Peach" Experience

Saturday July 23, 2016
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Location: Owosso Community Players


Owosso Main Street & Shiawassee Convention and Visitors Bureau

August 1 through September 10, 2016
Location: Historic Downtown Owosso and Westown


Owosso Main Street & Shiawassee Convention and Visitors Bureau

Saturday, September 10, 2016
Location: Historic Downtown Owosso


Shiawassee District Library-Owosso
Written in Owosso

Friday, July 1 through Saturday, July 30, 2016
Regular Library Hours
Location: Shiawassee District Library-Owosso


Shiawassee County Historical Society
Historical Scavenger Hunt and Family Fun Day

Sunday, August 21, 2016
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location: Shiawassee County Historical Society Museum


Shiawassee Regional Chamber of Commerce
Made in Owosso - 2016 and Beyond

Friday June 24, 2016
10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Location: Historic Downtown Owosso Businesses
Shiawassee Arts Center
Fall Harvest Festival

Sunday, September 11, 2016  (rain date September 18)
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: Curwood Castle Park


Major Supporters of this Exhibit

Cook Family Foundation

Piper Brewer, Robert Doran, Amy Bingaman, Linda Hill, LAFCU, Owosso Graphic Arts
Shiawassee County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Connie & Jerry Voight

Kiwanis Club of Owosso, Ludington Electric, Owosso Main Street, 
Shiawassee Regional Chamber of Commerce, Phil & Mary Jo Welch, High Quality Glass