Monday, July 25, 2011

Seven Days Seven Stories from Detroit Historical Society

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Seven Days Seven Stories


Celebrate the region's history at the Detroit Historical Museum!


Monday, July 25th - Sunday, July 31st

Hours: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day

Admission: FREE!


Schedule of events:


Monday, July 25 ● Detroit's Greatest Innovators

  • Amy Clarke, Education Director for Inventerrific™ and author of "Women and Their Bright Ideas" will share fascinating stories of inventions by women and more "nostalgic" innovations and patents, including the Slinky, and Tinker toys.
  • Vote on the innovators/innovations you think have had the greatest impact. 
  • Build and test an innovation while the kids enjoy our "Imagination Station."


Tuesday, July 26 ● Underground Railroad Stories


  • Enjoy Storyliving presentations of the Underground Railroad, led by professional storyteller Linda Boston. 
  • In our Craft Station, kids will write and decode Underground Railroad messages, create an antislavery handbill, and create their own signal lamps.
  • Our special Author Series will focus on the history of the Underground Railroad.         Featured speakers include:
    • Betty DeRamus, a former Detroit News columnist and Detroit Free Press editorial writer will present "Gold Prospectors and Traveling Preachers: Forgotten Heroes and Heroines of Michigan's Underground Railroad."
    • Mary Edmond, a member of the Michigan Freedom Trail Commission will present "The National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom: A Source for Preserving our History".
    •  Allen Barksdale, a Former Director of Customer Service at Elmwood Cemetery, currently Historian and Tour Guide, will present "Underground Railroad Tour of Elmwood Cemetery."


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   Wednesday, July 27 ● Celebrating the Motor City

   See some of the Big Three's most famous and memorable cars during our Classic Car Show,   

    enjoy refreshments, and vote on your favorite classic car while the kids create and design their   

    own race car.


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Thursday, July 28 ● The Streets of Old Detroit Come Alive

  • Visit the shops in our signature exhibit, where museum docents will be dressed in period costumes. 
  • Enjoy a performance of Americana by the Dodworth Saxhorn Band and food samplings from some of Detroit's most "famous streets."
  • Test your knowledge of Detroit's storied past by becoming a history detective!


Friday, July 29 ● Remembering the Arsenal of Democracy

  • See a screening of Keith Famie "Detroit's Greatest Generation" documentary in the Louise C. Booth Auditorium and hear more about Detroit's past as the Arsenal of Democracy from Mike Davis. 
  • Learn more about the history of The Tuskegee Airmen
  • Kids can create their own WWII propaganda poster and learn to start a "victory garden"


Saturday, July 30 ● Detroit's Unique Culture

  • Detroit Icon Costume Contest - come dressed as your favorite Detroit icon!   Enter our and compete for the best overall costume (in your age category).  First prize winners in each age category will receive a $100 in cash, so bring you're "A" game!  Second prize winners will receive $50 in cash.  The winner of the People's Choice for best costume will receive $50 in cash.  You'll be judged by our panel of prominent Detroiters on authenticity, originality, costume detail and presentation. 
  • Vote on Detroit icons to feature in Legends Plaza, which will be located on the Woodward Plaza, and share your distinctly Detroit memories with us. 


Sunday, July 31 ● Our Maritime Heritage

  • Meet model ship builders
  • Enjoy a story from storyteller Mike Deren, also an accomplished musician and songwriter
  • Annessa Carlisle, the author of "Bob-lo: An Island in Troubled Waters," will be on site to display a variety of Bob-lo artifacts
  • Test your Great Lakes geography by showing us how well you can navigate the strait

Detroit Historical Museum

5401 Woodward Ave.

Detroit, MI 48202




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