Looking Back

Published October 27, 2020

ROYAL OAK — Since 1902, the Royal Oak Woman’s Club had gathered for fellowship, fun and fundraising at various locations until it acquired its current clubhouse, which was built in 1839 and originally served as a Baptist church, in 1923.

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Published October 27, 2020

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — They may not have gotten completed as soon as originally expected, but officials with the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores said a new visitor center and administration building will be worth the wait.

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Published October 26, 2020

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — In 1974, the television program “Emergency!” made Paul Brouwer, 72, keen on becoming a firefighter.

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Published October 2, 2020

EASTPOINTE — Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Michigan Military Technical and Historical Society Museum in Eastpointe is still working hard to make history come alive.

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Published September 18, 2020

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The “old Green farm house” stood at the corner of 11 Mile and Grant Roads in St. Clair Shores since its construction in 1868.

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Published September 8, 2020

BIRMINGHAM — During September, the public is invited to view materials from the Birmingham Museum’s collection that tell the story of some pretty amazing local women and how their experiences relate to the national struggle for women’s voting rights.

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Published September 8, 2020

BIRMINGHAM — George and Eliza Taylor escaped slavery in Kentucky, following the perilous Underground Railroad route to gain access to Michigan in the 1850s.

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Published September 3, 2020

WEST BLOOMFIELD — In a “step toward normalcy” during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society has positioned itself to continue to keep history alive for local residents via virtual programming.

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Published August 25, 2020

ROCHESTER — Mae Axford’s list of accomplishments include serving as a director of the Red Cross for 22 consecutive years, making over 100 quilts and being an active member of at least eight organizations.

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Published August 11, 2020

ROYAL OAK — Volunteers at the Royal Oak Historical Society Museum have been hard at work putting together their first exhibit since the building shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March.

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Published August 7, 2020

ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Parish was established as a mission of Sacred Heart Parish in Roseville in 1873, when the area was known as Erin Township. St. Gertrude was elevated to parish status in 1914 by Bishop Michael James Gallagher, and on Nov. 18, 1920, the parish began welcoming students to its new elementary school.

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Published August 6, 2020

MOUNT CLEMENS — Ever wonder what stories your house could tell if its walls could talk? The Crocker House Museum’s new Porch Walk event, to be held from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 15 and our long established Cemetery Walk has inspired me to know more about the homes of Mount Clemens and the people who lived there.

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Published July 17, 2020

ST. CLAIR SHORES — As summer wanes in St. Clair Shores, the Harper Charity Cruise normally takes place.

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Published July 7, 2020

ROCHESTER — In the 1930s, Walnut Boulevard, just a block west of Rochester’s growing Main Street, was lined with tall, lush trees and enough churches to give it the nickname Church Street.

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Published June 25, 2020

ROCHESTER HILLS — As the COVID-19 crisis disrupts normal life across the nation, the Oakland University libraries are working to document and preserve southeast Michigan’s experiences with the pandemic.

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Published June 23, 2020

ROCHESTER — A new development could soon take the place of Rochester’s oldest business, the Rochester Elevator Co., at the corner of University and Water streets in downtown Rochester.

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Published June 23, 2020

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Folks will soon get a better look into the history of Macomb Township thanks to the work of an area author. A final edit of “Images of America: Macomb Township,” a book by Linda Osborne Cynowa, will happen this month. The 128-page book, produced by Arcadia Publishing, is due out Aug. 3. It includes around 220 historical photos of Macomb Township.

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Published June 19, 2020

ROSEVILLE — Mike Stanley grew up in Roseville and has always believed the town was a part of him. It was this belief that led him to use his filmmaking skills to express his love for his hometown.

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Published April 21, 2020

TROY — For the first half of the 20th century, the population of Troy Township hovered at around 2,000 residents. 

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Published March 17, 2020

ST. CLAIR SHORES — On March 14, 1946, Roy O’Brien opened his car dealership at the corner of Nine Mile Road and Mack Avenue in what was then the village of St. Clair Shores.

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