2012 Resolution: Sites to see in Detroit & southeast Michigan

Beautiful example of public art at Grand Circus Park, Detroit

So much great history and so little time. Therefore, rather than resolve to diet or exercise, I resolve to personally uncover and experience the historic treasures located right in my own backyard in 2012.

While I hope to see much more, I think this list of must-sees is a great start. What do you think? Any suggestions?

2012 New Year’s resolution: My top 10 historic Detroit & SE Michigan sites to see

  1. Support local historic churches and show appreciation for their beauty and history by attending Sunday services at 12 different churches.
  2. Tour all the fabulous local auto baron mansions (I’ve only toured Henry Ford’s Fair Lane Estate).
  3. Attend Wyandotte Historical Museum/Society’s annual and very popular Cemetery Tour in October.
  4. Fully explore the Underground Railroad history found in Michigan, Ontario and Ohio.
  5. Attend an event hosted by People for Palmer Park, a fairly new organization that actively promotes this historic and beautiful area of Detroit.
  6. Take a couple of tours offered by the experts at historic Elmwood Cemetery.
  7. Enjoy a view of Detroit and its history from the Detroit River aboard the Diamond Jack. Can you believe it? I’ve never taken this tour. How ‘bout you?
  8. Visit The Henry Ford / Greenfield Village seasonally and fully enjoy the exhibits and seasonal offerings (Holiday Nights, Salute to America, Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village, etc.) found at American’s greatest history attraction located right here in my own backyard.
  9. Drive US-12 from its eastern starting point (Woodward and MI Avenue) to its most western point in Michigan. Stop and explore large and small local towns along the way. Maybe even taken in a movie at the historic Capri Drive-in.
  10. Establish my personal museum a month club! Visit a different museum every month (some will be first time visits): Charles H. Wright Museum of African History, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Monroe County Labor History Museum, Arab American National Museum, Tuskegee Airmen National Museum, Yankee Air Museum, Michigan Firehouse Museum, Michigan Transit Museum, Motown Historical Museum and Holocaust Memorial Center.

Two spots to fill on my Museum a Month Club. Any suggestions? I’ve visited the DIA and Detroit Historical Museum several times recently. That’s why they’re not on the list.

What historic spots do you plan on visiting in 2012? Hoping, one or more Hometown History Tours offerings appear on YOUR list! 2012 tour schedule TBA soon.


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