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Ann Arbor 200

Second Baptist Church's Unity March for Martin Luther King, Jr.

 In 1983, members of the Second Baptist Church of Ann Arbor began a decades-long tradition of honoring Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Every January, congregants led a Unity March from downtown Ann Arbor to their church at 850 Red Oak Road. 

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AADL Talks To: The Chenille Sisters

In this episode, AADL Talks To The Chenille Sisters, Ann Arbor's favorite harmonizing trio. They are (left to right, below) Cheryl Dawdy, Grace Morand, and Connie Huber. The Chenille Sisters began singing together at Ann Arbor's Old Town Tavern in 1985. Within a year, they made their first of several appearances on Garrison Keillor’s popular “A Prairie Home Companion” radio program. The trio wrote and toured constantly through the early 2000s, appeared in numerous regional and national venues, and recorded 12 records.

Visit our Chenille Sisters topic portal for more information, documents, and photos covering their history.

The Chenille Sisters
Photograph by Jane Rosemont.


Celebrating Ann Arbor's Bicentennial

A stylized map of a portion of downtown Ann Arbor is paired with the text Ann Arbor 200 1824–2024 Bicentennial, placed on a textured paper background.
In 2024, Ann Arbor will celebrate its bicentennial year, the 200th anniversary of its founding.  To mark this occasion, the Ann Arbor District Library is undertaking a project called Ann Arbor 200.  

Over the course of 2024, there will be 200 digital content releases that explore topics from Ann Arbor's history.  Some created by Library staff, some commissioned from artists and filmmakers and writers around the community, and some (we hope) created through partnerships with organizations throughout the city. Some will be informative, some will be whimsical, some will be experimental. The ways we explore these topics—articles, documentaries, podcasts, illustrations, music recordings, animations—will hopefully be as varied as the topics we explore.  

Ann Arbor 200 could never be a complete portrait of the city, but we can attempt to tell some of the stories and explore some of the histories that are meaningful to us, the people who are here at Ann Arbor's 200th. Hopefully we can create something about who we were for our own time and something about who we are for those in the future looking back.