2010 History Related Summer Events in Southeast Michigan
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Saturdays, June – September
Join Hometown History Tours for two-hour trolley tours covering different themes in Detroit and United States history.Tours depart from the historic Park Shelton Kirby Street entrance. If you want more in-depth history, we offer several Lunch & Learn Day Bus Excursions. Fee. Click here for details.
Through July 3
Detroit Experiences – Robert Frank Photographs, 1955
Over 60 rare black-and-white photographs taken in Detroit by legendary artist Robert Frank as he traveled throughout the United States in 1955 to take photographs for his ground-breaking book The Americans. 10:00am to 5:00pm.
Through August 8
Through African Eyes – The European In African Art, 1500 To Present
Exhibition exploring the artistic consequences of the variations and dynamics of cultural exchanges between Africans and Europeans over 500 years. 10:00am to 5:00pm
May 19 to 22
The Martha Barker Country Store-Michigan Week Celebration
Martha Barker Country Store-Monroe, Mi
The Martha Barker Country Store will be open from noon to 6 p.m. May 19 to 22 in observance of Michigan Week.
Remembering The J.L. Hudson Company
Look back at The J.L. Hudson Company with author Michael Hauser. Program begins at 6:30 p.m. Registration required at 586-446-2640.
Progressive Lunch of Birmingham
A guided, historical lunch-tour of stylish Birmingham restaurants offered by Culinary Escapes. 11:00am to 2:30pm.
Re-enactment of the 1820 Landing of the Lewis Cass Expedition
12:00pm to 4:00pm. Period music and informal presentations, displays and exhibits.
Michigan Vintage Volkswagen Festival
23rd Annual Michigan Vintage Volkswagen Festival. 734-482-5200.
Community Celebration Day-100th Anniversary of the Historic Alger House
11:00am to 3:00pm. Free admission. Games, children’s attractions, Alger House tours, music, entertainment, food.
Fruitport Old Fashioned Days
Annual event in Muskegon County featuring Carnival Midway rides, a Community Picnic, Old Fashioned Days Parade, Lions Ox Roast, The Grand Lady Riverboat Cruises, Old Fashioned Days Run, Community Marketplace and Garage Sale, live Band Shell Entertainment begins on May 26 and runs through Memorial Day. (231) 557-3262 for more details.
Coldwater – Branch County
4 day Memorial Weekend Celebration in Coldwater includes free live music by the 5th Michigan Regimental Band, a Barn Dance, and much more. Reenactors, crafters, and other volunteers are welcome to participate.
Greater Rochester Heritage Days
Rochester Municipal Park-Rochester, MI
10:00am to 6:00pm. Art fair, car show, climbing wall, Civil War and World War II reenactors, pony rides, old fashioned games, plow horses, antique fire trucks, live music, food, and historic displays.
Join more than 450 military reenactors in honoring our nation’s veterans at an authentic Civil War encampment with parades, artillery demonstrations and historical music at Greenfield Villiage.
June 3, 4 and 5
Various events and activities at the Ellis Reference and Information Center; Monroe Council 1266, Knights of Columbus, hall; Holiday Inn Express; the Custer Statue; Woodland Cemetery; Soldiers and Sailors Park; St. Mary Catholic Central High School; and Monroe Golf and Country Club.
June 4 and 5
Tour historic Monroe, Michigan and revisit the life and times of General George Armstrong Custer with visiting members of the Little Big Horn Associates.
A 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Custer Statue Dedication will be held at various locations in downtown Monroe.
Bus tour includes many sites of interest related to Custer’s life in Monroe. Tour includes afternoon stop at Custer Equestrian Statue to commemorate the statue’s 100th Anniversary. Advance registration required for bus tour and seating is on a space available basis. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for youth. Click here for full details.
Wyandotte Museum, 2610 Biddle Avenue, Wyandotte
An evening of music and performances from the Prohibition Age. Model ‘A’ cars, live music in the Marx ‘blind pig,’ a 1920s fashion show at the MacNichol Home, a period film. Featuring music from the Jazz trio of: Rob Bourassa, James Dapogny & Mike Karoub. Cash bar for those age 21 and over. All ages are welcome to attend this event, and learn about the Prohibition Era. Attendees are welcome and encouraged to dress to impress for the 1920s.
Indian Village-Detroit, MI
View eight home and garden venues. Docents and master gardeners give commentary on one of Detroit’s most elegant neighborhoods, with homes dating back to 1895. 10:00am to 5:00pm. Send a check or money order payable to Indian Village Home and Garden Tour (along with a self-addressed and stamped envelope) to: Advance Ticket Sales, Historic Indian Village Home and Garden Tour, PO Box 14616, Detroit Mi 48214.
Riverside Park, Cross Street-Ypsilanti, Mi
Car show of automobiles that fell by the wayside. Several of the best automotive historians spend the day sharing their knowledge of forgotten automobile brands. Cost: $5. (734) 482-5200.
War of 1812 Militia Muster
Navarre-Anderson Trading Post-Monroe, Mi
A War of 1812 Militia Muster will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday June 5 and Sunday June 6 at the Navarre-Anderson Trading Post, 3775 S. Custer Rd. Admission is free.
June 11 and 12
Loranger Square- Downtown, Monroe, Mi
Huge annual event that attracts hundreds of people. Friday night tattoo. Parade and muster on Saturday featuring corps from Michigan, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Indiana.
Pleasant Ridge Home & Garden Tour
Pleasant Ridge Historical Museum-Pleasant Ridge, MI
Explore the city’s unique homes and gardens on Saturday, June 12th, from 10am – 4pm. Tickets: $20 per person. Sold rain or shine for $20 the day of the tour from 10am – 2pm behind Pleasant Ridge City Hall at 23925 Woodward (just south of I-696). Advanced group (20 or more) sales will be available for $15 per person at the Pleasant Ridge City Hall. Pleasant Ridge Garden Club will provide lunches for purchase in Memorial Park. Phone: (248) 542-5614
June 12 – August 22
The Henry Ford/Greenfield Village-Dearborn, MI
Historic base ball games will be played weekends, 1:30pm. Men play by the rule books from 1867. No cussing; no gloves.
Ford MacNichol Home-Wyandotte, MI
Annual Pie & Ice Cream Social on the lovely porch of the historic Ford-MacNichol Home built in 1896. Blazo fruit pies of all sorts, Sanders vanilla ice cream sundaes, delicious brownies, and refreshing lemonade will be sold to benefit the Wyandotte Historical Society. Tour the grounds and enjoy an antique automobile display on the Museum grounds, courtesy of the Downriver Model ‘A’ Restorers Club.
Detroit River between the cities of Detroit and Windsor. Unique race celebrates our region’s maritime history. 1 pm. Click here for full details.
145th Juneteenth Celebration
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History-315 East Warren Avenue Detroit, MI
Celebrate the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of slavery’s end in the USA. 10:00am to 4:00pm
The Historic Boston Edison Association presents the Second Annual Garden Tour featuring spectacular gardens and landscapes in the neighborhood.
Persons with reservations (Advance Tickets – $15) check in at Voigt Park. Walk-up tickets ($20) will be on sale also.
Mill Race Village-Northville, Mi
Visit six private gardens in Northville. Enjoy a garden market, live music, and famous homemade refreshments at historic Mill Race Village. Proceeds from the event support charitable contributions to local and national horticultural causes. 9:00am to 4:00 pm.
Downtown Ann Arbor
More than 400 exotic, antique, classic and concept cars. Free. 2:00pm–10:00pm.
Sterling Heights Public Library, Sterling Heights, MI
11:00am to 12:30pm. Children ages 5 and older, stop in the Programming Center for a look back in time, make a craft, then walk over to the Upton House for a tour. The group will end up in the Children’s Art Garden for refreshments. Program dedicated to Wallace Doebler, Historical Commissioner. All children participating can enter for a $50 door prize. Phone (586) 446-2669.
St. Andrew’s Society 2010 Highland Games
Greenmead Historical Park, Livonia. 6 PM
Willow Run Airport-Ypsilanti, Mi
See the Blue Angels and more! Thunder Over Michigan is an annual event featuring reenactments, demonstrations and performances. Cost: $15-25 Visit website for more information. Saturday: 9am-9pm Sunday: 9am-5pm.
Downtown Dexter, Mi
Over 100 booths of artisans and crafters, a community parade, historical tours, free entertainment. 9:00am-11:00pm
5055 Ann Arbor Saline Rd.-Ann Arbor, Mi
8:00am-4:00pm. $6.00 admission.
August 20- 22
Riverside Park, Depot Town, Frog Island, and Downtown Ypsilanti
Annual parade, historical encampment, Millionaire’s Party and Saloon, live entertainment, Festival Opening Reception, Children’s Village, Historic Home Tour and nearly 100 artisans. Friday: Noon-5:00pm, Saturday: 10:00am-9:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am-7:00pm. (734)483-6071.
Along Woodward Avenue in Oakland County-Royal Oak, Mi
9:00am to 8:00pm. Largest one-day automotive event in North America that showcases vintage cars.
Preservation Park-Canton, MI
10:00am. Enjoy free music, games, face painting, historical demos, petting farm, and shop at the farmers market. Support the Canton Lions club and purchase a wristband for the all-you-can-eat corn roast.