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Learn the story of Eastern Market

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published July 16, 2019

TROY — Lisa Rush loves to do tours of Eastern Market in Detroit because “it’s always changing.”

She’s been giving tours with Preservation Detroit at Eastern Market since 2001. She’s also co-written a book with Randall Fogelman — former vice president of the nonprofit Eastern Market Corp., which manages Eastern Market — through Arcadia Publishing, titled “Detroit’s Historic Eastern Market.”

The book is available at Trevarrow Ace Hardware in Troy, Frentz & Sons Hardware in Royal Oak and on Amazon.

Rush will present “The Story of Eastern Market” at the Troy Public Library at 7 p.m. July 23.

She will share photos, stories and facts about how Eastern Market, a historical district, has grown and continues to change since it began 125 years ago at Mack Avenue and (now) Interstate 75.

Natasha Rogers, adult services librarian, said she heard about the book and contacted Eastern Market, which put her in touch with Rush.

Rogers thought the program would go over well at the Troy library because “everybody loves Eastern Market.” She added that the library programs on Detroit history have been very popular.

“Everybody across metro Detroit comes together at Eastern Market,” Rush said.

She gives tours at Eastern Market each Saturday morning.

“Everyone has a smile on their face. They want to meet their friends and socialize. That was true 125 years ago when the market started, and it’s still true today,” Rush said.

Rush will do a virtual walk-through of the history of the sheds where the food and items are sold and talk about how the history of Detroit and the history of Eastern Market compare and contrast. She’ll also explore changes going forward at the market.

She’s given the talk at other libraries. She said people are most surprised to learn what else, besides plants and food, is at the market.

“There are a lot of other shops around,” Rush said.

For more information about Preservation Detroit, visit

Register for the Troy Public Library program at or by calling (248) 524-3534. The library is located at 510 W. Big Beaver Road.