William and Helen Milliken at Interlochen Public Radio in 1980.
William G. Milliken
Gov. William G. Milliken, the longest-serving and perhaps most beloved governor in the history of the state, will be remembered during a celebration of his life on Thursday, Aug. 6, at 2 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium at Interlochen Center for the Arts.
Gov. Milliken was born on March 26, 1922 and died on Oct. 18, 2019, in his birthplace, Traverse City. Milliken served as governor of Michigan from 1969 to 1983. He was especially known for his prioritizing of the state’s environment, his efforts to help the city of Detroit, and successfully promoting a culture of civility and bipartisan cooperation in state government.
Interlochen is a fitting venue to celebrate the live of Gov. Milliken, a devoted suppporter and fervent advocate for the arts. Milliken served on the Interlochen Board of Trustees from 1983 to 1997 and was a vital member of the larger Interlochen community for decades.
The memorial will be broadcast live on IPR News Radio. Listen online or with a mobile device or on the radio to WICA-FM 91.5 Traverse City, WHBP-FM 90.1 Harbor Springs, or WLMN-FM 89.7 Manistee.
Important Information for Attendees
- Attendees are asked to register for the memorial service so that capacity can be monitored in effort to plan for social distancing and other health and safety considerations. Capacity will be limited and registration does not confirm a reservation.
- Admission is free and open to the public, with parking available at Interlochen Center for the Arts beginning at 12:00 p.m.
- To ensure the ceremony remains on schedule, attendees are encouraged to arrive early so that they can complete required security and health screenings and be seated by 2 p.m.
- Attendees should plan to honor rigorous public health safety measures including face coverings and adhering to physical distancing.
- Except for areas used for this event, the Interlochen Center for the Arts campus will remain closed to the public.
- In the event of inclement weather, the memorial will be moved to Corson Auditorium, a 952-seat indoor venue; should this location be needed, some guests may not be able to be accommodated in order to maintain physical distancing.