Looking Back

Published January 29, 2019

BIRMINGHAM — What’s the best vacation you’ve ever gone on? In the Birmingham Museum collections are scrapbooks and postcards from lots of vacations, but nothing as extensive as the photos and documents from the adventures of Marjorie Unger, a resident of 327 Ferndale Ave. in Birmingham, who traveled with two friends to Europe.

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Published January 17, 2019

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society is celebrating its 45-year history in style this year with a number of activities that will engage local history buffs.

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Published January 4, 2019

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Much of the early history of St. Clair Shores is rooted in agriculture and trades related to the land. With affluence increasing in the 20th century, some of the more practical farm pastimes were taken up by people able to afford leisure pursuits. One of these activities was horseback riding.

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Published December 21, 2018

ROCHESTER — In the Dec. 18, 1914, issue of the Rochester ERA newspaper, the local grocer, Edwin A. Hudson, advertised his holiday eats. The advertisement states that “Hudson’s ‘Eats’ are always just a little better than the other fellow’s, but this fact stands out a little more prominent at this season of the year.”

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Published December 19, 2018

ROSEVILLE — Roseville is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a permanent reminder of a former landmark, the Gratiot Drive In, and some of those with fond memories of the drive-in were on hand for a dedication ceremony Dec. 18.

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Published December 14, 2018

ROSEVILLE — The 115-foot-tall sign that marked the entrance of the Gratiot Drive In was an iconic Roseville landmark until it was torn down in 1984. Now the sign is being commemorated in conjunction with the celebration of the city’s 60th anniversary.

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Published December 5, 2018

ROCHESTER — This photo from the archives of the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm shows Rochester YMCA members on the steps of the Masonic Temple building at 318 Walnut Blvd.

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Published December 4, 2018

DETROIT — Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts is marking its 90th anniversary by celebrating its storied early history while also acknowledging its more recent past.

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Published November 30, 2018

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The Barneys were among the first residents of Harrison Township to settle on one of the islands at the end of South River Road.

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Published November 23, 2018

MOUNT CLEMENS — A historical steam engine that once played a role in the city’s bath houses has returned to Mount Clemens.

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Published November 16, 2018

BIRMINGHAM — Christmastime in Birmingham is always special. But this year’s festivities will be a little more memorable, since they will serve as the conclusion of the city’s yearlong bicentennial celebration.

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Published November 15, 2018

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The preservation and restoration of the Selinsky-Green Log House began in 1974 when the structure was threatened with demolition as a result of the construction of the Interstate 696/Interstate 94 freeway interchange.

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Published November 13, 2018

BIRMINGHAM — On the 11th day of November 1918, at 11:11 a.m., World War I officially ended. The United States had entered the war about a year and a half earlier, on April 6, 1917.

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Published November 6, 2018

ROCHESTER — People gather around stores on the east side of Rochester’s Main Street, near Fourth Street, in a photo that the staff of the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm said was likely taken between 1905 and 1910.

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Published November 1, 2018

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — For most people, this is a picture of Cass Avenue, looking toward the old Macomb County building on Gratiot Avenue. For those who have been around a considerable amount of time, this is a picture of the Emsee Theatre.

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Published October 23, 2018

ST. CLAIR SHORES — On June 1, 1926, the St. Clair Shores Village Police Force was organized.

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Published October 4, 2018

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — While most local residents know the story of Mount Clemens as the Bath City, not all remember the days when it was known as the “Greatest Flower Nursery in the World” or simply “The Rose Capital.”

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Published October 2, 2018

ROCHESTER HILLS — As the weather cools and the leaves start falling from the trees, there is plenty to do at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm to celebrate the harvest season.

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Published October 1, 2018

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Did you know it took more than 100 years for 19th-century Detroiters to mosey on north to the area that would become Birmingham-Bloomfield? They figured there was nothing to discover but an “interminable swamp,” according to historian Neil Hepburn.

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Published October 1, 2018

UTICA — The Victor I. Rieck American Legion Post 351 will honor its namesake with a wreath-laying ceremony at 5 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Utica Cemetery, 46325 Shelby Road in Shelby Township.

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