Dec 31, 2015

The Ann Arbor area has a rich and diverse history which is honored every day through historical markers, events, and preservation. This year, the Ann Arbor area celebrated its past with numerous events, milestones and ceremonies, including:

  • In October, Willow Run Airport hosted the largest gathering of people dressed as Rosie the Riveter, thus reclaiming its World Record. Willow Run's previous record of 776 Rosies was beaten in August when 1,084 Rosies gathered in Richmond, California. Still waiting for The Guinness World Record official report, event organizers announced 2,097 Rosies were captured in the official photo. A number of Original Rosies were in attendance, making the event especially memorable.
  • A farmer in Chelsea, Mich. discovered woolly mammoth bones on his property — a discovery ranked among the 10 most significant mammoth discoveries in Michigan’s recorded history. The discovery of roughly 20% of a mammoth’s skeleton was one of the most complete finds the state has ever seen. The farmer donated the find the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History.
  • Gordon Hall, built in 1843 by Judge Samuel W. Dexter is a striking example of Greek Revival architecture. Currently owned by the Dexter Area Historical Society and Museum (DAHSM), fundraising efforts for the restoration were helped significantly after receiving a $400,000 grant. DAHSM hopes to have the renovations complete by 2020.

2016 Watch List

  • Renovations will begin at the State Theatre this year with a March 17, 2017 completion date goal — just in time to commemorate the theatre’s 75th anniversary.
  • Work continues at the Willow Run Bomber Plant as it evolves into the future National Museum of Aviation and Technology and home of the Yankee Air Museum.
  • The University of Michigan Architecture, Engineering and Construction Department is providing a bird's eye view of the Natural History Museum building site throughout its construction.
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