History Posts

Jul 05, 2018
Thunder Over Michigan is an iconic summer event in the Ypsilanti area. This annual airshow is held at the Willow Run Airport each year - the home of the Willow Run Bomber Plant, the Yankee Air Museum, and the iconic Rosie the Riveter.  USA Today has nominated Thunder Over Michigan for their Best ... Read more and see comments!

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Jun 07, 2018
If you love classic cars, motorcycles, and automotive history, Ypsilanti is the place for you! Located 36 miles away from Detroit, the city of Ypsilanti has a rich history of rear-engines, hatchbacks, hardtops, and more. Keep reading to learn about ways you can worship automotive heritage in Ypsilanti, ... Read more and see comments!

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Feb 19, 2018
Chelsea’s Purple Rose Theatre Company, founded by the town’s resident movie/TV/Broadway star Jeff Daniels, opened in 1991 with the aim of “growing” and producing new plays alongside American classics. Giving voice to the experience of living in the Midwest is certainly part of ... Read more and see comments!

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Dec 04, 2017
The city of Ann Arbor is nearly 200 years old and since its founding, newspapers, historians, and Treetown townies have cataloged its growth and progress. The Ann Arbor District Library houses a massive archive of old newspaper articles, photos, and historical documents from the 1800s to present day. These ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Art & CultureHistory
Dec 04, 2017
“The Museum is not finished. It never can be if it is to be a functioning unit of the University. My earnest hope is that it will grow and change with the times and serve science and the University with increasing effectiveness.” -- Alexander Ruthven, 1931 The Museum of Natural History ... Read more and see comments!

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Sep 25, 2017
Visit a local farmer’s market, broaden your palate, and taste some history! The new Washtenaw Heritage Foodways Story Map blends historical time periods with points of interest across the county and representative recipes of many cultural ethnic groups present in our community over time. Find ... Read more and see comments!

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Sep 04, 2017
You’ve probably heard of Rosie the Riveter, that iconic figure of American spirit. Many people may also know that Rose Will Monroe traveled from rural Kentucky to Ypsilanti, Michigan to work among thousands of others during World War II. But what about where she worked and what she made? Find ... Read more and see comments!

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May 25, 2017
Sharon Mills County Park is a historic, natural wonderland located near the village of Manchester - just a short drive from Ann Arbor. History buffs, outdoor adventurers, wildlife enthusiasts, picnickers, canoers and others enjoy this destination of historical significance, which is open each year from ... Read more and see comments!

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May 08, 2017
If you know anything about Ypsilanti, you know that the automobile industry is a big part of its history. Guest blogger Emma Schulte shares how you can experience the pivotal role Ypsilanti played in the automotive industry.  Ypsilanti has been home to many memorable automobiles from different ... Read more and see comments!

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Mar 22, 2017
This article is from 2017, but still has some great ideas for ways to experience Washtenaw County! For updated event dates, click HERE. Have you ever taken a drive out on the back roads of western Washtenaw County? They traverse some of the most picturesque rural landscapes in the region, and contain ... Read more and see comments!

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Feb 14, 2017
In honor of Michigan’s 180th birthday this year, below are six quick bits of knowledge about Washtenaw County’s early settlers you may not have known. For more information on the early pioneers, check out Washtenaw County’s newest Heritage Tour online.  Pioneering: Good Luck ... Read more and see comments!

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Dec 02, 2016
This article is from 2016, but still has some great ideas for ways to experience Washtenaw County! For updated event dates, click HERE. Washtenaw County's Driving Tour of 19th Century historic homes gives you the backstory on places you’ve likely noticed – and maybe some you’ve ... Read more and see comments!

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Nov 01, 2016
This article is from 2016, but still has some great ideas for ways to experience Chelsea! For updated event dates, click HERE. One of the best ways to enjoy winter in Michigan is by planning a post-holiday, relaxing getaway to Chelsea, Mich. This picturesque community just west of Ann Arbor is ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: HistoryMember Spotlight
Nov 01, 2016
This article is from 2016, but still has some great ideas for ways to experience Manchester! For updated event dates, click HERE. Manchester, Michigan may just be one of the most charming historic towns in the Midwest - with a rich history, enchanting architecture, lovely parks, exciting outdoor ... Read more and see comments!

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Sep 23, 2016
Washtenaw County's Driving Tour of 19th and 20th Century Barns opens your eyes to beautiful structures that have stood the test of time. You can take a driving tour for yourself, or visit the tour virtually by clicking here. Keep reading to learn more about Washtenaw County's Historic Barns.        1. ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: HistoryOutdoor Recreation
Oct 29, 2015
This article is from 2015, but still has some great ideas for ways to experience the Ann Arbor Art Fair! For updated event dates, click HERE.  The Ann Arbor area is home to extraordinary historic buildings. Have you visited the Kempf House in Ann Arbor, the Hack House in Milan, or Gordon Hall in ... Read more and see comments!

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