Teusday, September 24 marks the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Saginaw.

The treaty, signed by General Lewis Cass and Chief Mash Kee Yosh, Chief John Okemos, Chief Wasso and other Native American tribes of the Great Lakes region, ceded more than six million acres of land to the United States. The area encompassed the central portion of the Lower Peninsula, including Saginaw County in its entirety.

The Castle Museum is opening a permanent exhibit starting Tuesday called Our Foundations: Origins of Saginaw County at 7:00 p.m. The museum has worked with the Anishnabe tribal community and the Ziibiwing Center in Mt. Pleasant to help ensure the exhibition is presented in a thoughtful and accurate way. It features the Saginaw Valley’s original inhabitants, vegetation and wildlife, plus the acquisition and development by white settlers. A special dedication ceremony takes place to open the exhibit, with local dignitaries and members of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe. The public is invited to attend.

For more information, visit the Castle Museum website. For additional events recognizing the anniversary, visit the website of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe.