Press enter after choosing selection
Graphic for events post

Blog Post

Going to the PowWow?

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 10:37am


If this weekend's [|Dance For Mother Earth Pow Wow] inspires you, check out the CD [b:1263970|More Kid's Pow Wow Songs]. The Library also has many other [|recordings of Native American music].

You can read a story about a young Jingle Dancer in [b:1167236|this book] by Cynthia Leitich Smith. Or, try the photo essay, [b:1084532|Pow Wow] by George Ancona, and [b:1154775|Pow Wow: A Good Day to Dance] by Jacqueline Dembar Greene.

[b:1212970|Cloudwalker; Contemporary Native American Stories] is a collection of six short stories about modern Native American children's lives and how they blend traditional Native culture with mainstream American culture. [b:1204281|Children of Native America Today] is a photo essay featuring 25 of the more than 500 native cultures of the U.S. as well as a section on urban Indians.

This year's Dance For Mother Earth is the 40th annual Pow Wow at U.M. Here's a [|link] to articles and photographs from past Pow Wows.

Graphic for events post

Blog Post

Michigan Basketball & The Cazzie Years

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 8:38am

[img_assist|nid=204097|title=Starting Lineup|desc=|link=url|url=|align=left|width=100|height=80]

[|Read all about it]! The University of Michigan Wolverines are in the thick of the NCAA’s annual contest to name the No. 1 men’s college basketball team. To celebrate this annual hoopla, the Ann Arbor District Library is offering an opportunity to turn back the clock and experience the triumphs of an earlier Wolverine team, the 1963 ~ 1966 squad. The ups and downs of the three-time Big Ten champions was chronicled in the Ann Arbor News, especially in the passionate reporting of Wayne DeNeff. These [|photos and articles] are available online through the Old News site, presenting the dramatic story of a great team.

Graphic for events post

Blog Post

Philip A. Duey and the Original "Go Blue!"

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 8:19pm


Michigan's heading to the Big Dance this month and "Let's Go Blue" will be heard throughout the land as the Wolverines do battle in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. But there's an earlier fight song composed by the highly acclaimed [|Men's Glee Club] director Philip A. Duey that, according to the Ann Arbor News, wowed them at the premiere on Saturday, April 2, 1966. Duey got out of bed at 3 a.m. just a few days before the concert and "went to his piano and composed the words and music for the new song in two hours." Professor Duey and "Go Blue!" received a standing ovation and Duey was "besieged by congratulatory phone call and letters."

We've digitized a selection of Ann Arbor News articles on Dr. Duey who served as director of the Men's Glee Club from 1947 to 1969 and transformed the UMMGC into an internationally-renowned organization. AADL has a [|recording] of Duey's "Go Blue!" by the Men's Glee Club. [|Listen to an excerpt here]. Want to perform your own version? We've got the [|sheet music] in our reference collection.

Here are the lyrics to the original Go Blue! A bit more of a tongue-twister but maybe the magic of the Cazzie Russell years will rub off on the 2012 team if we all sing it together. Check out our [|Old News Feature] on the Michigan Men's Basketball glory years of 1963 ~ 1966 as they marched to three consecutive Big 10 championships and three memorable trips to the Big Dance. We've digitzed articles on the Bloody Nose Kids. Why the nickname? Find out in [|our podcast with George Pomey], a starter in those magical years who went on to coach for the Wolverines and do color commentary at the games. He's Blue through and through.

Go Blue! by Philip A. Duey

In old Ann Arbor town there are men of great renown,
They are ever out to fight and win the game.

On the court or on the field,
There's a will to never yield,
And to bring our Alma Mater ev'ry fame.

Here's a university whose name will ever be,
The greatest and the fairest in the land.

And we praise her far and near,
With our voices strong and clear,
For we know, where ever we go,
That none with her may stand.


Go Blue! Let's go, Blue!
We're here to cheer for you.

Go Blue! Let's go, Blue!
No matter what the others have got,
They'll never come up to you.

Go Blue! Let's go, Blue!
We're here to cheer for you.

M-I-C-H-I-G-A-N Michigan!
Go Blue!

Graphic for events post

Blog Post

This weekend is the 40th Dance for Mother Earth Powwow

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 11:59am


Ann Arbor's [|Dance for Mother Earth Powwow] celebrates its 40th anniversary this weekend at Pioneer High School. The Powwow, hosted by the U-M Native American Student Association (NASA), is one of the largest university powwows in the nation. We've added to [|Oldnews] some of the [|articles and photographs from past powwows] that we found in our Ann Arbor News archive.

Grand entry is at noon and 7:00 p.m. Saturday, March 17, and noon on Sunday, March 18. Learn [|what to expect] if you're a first-time attendee. For more information, visit [|].

Graphic for events post

Blog Post

Corner of Main and Liberty to Lose A Landmark

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 4:55pm

[img_assist|nid=203073|title=Parthenon Interior|desc=|link=url|url=|align=left|width=100|height=68]

Several local restaurants have recently joined the ever-expanding list of ['s_lost_eateries|Ann Arbor's Lost Eateries]. Champion House closed suddenly last week, as did Old Country Buffet over the weekend. But I was particularly saddened to hear that the Parthenon Restaurant, which has stood on the corner of Main and Liberty Streets since John and Steve Gavas opened in 1975, [|will be closing its doors]. Later this year Cafe Habana, formerly located on East Washington, will be moving into 226 North Main.

The Parthenon has command of possibly [|the best-known intersection] in town, located on the same corner as [|Cunningham's Drugs] and [|Mack & Co.] a generation earlier.

We found some articles, a photo, and restaurant reviews on [|the Parthenon] in our Ann Arbor News clipping file and have digitized them here for you to savor. While you're at it, you can also read about [|the Flim Flam Restaurant], which recently closed its doors after 30 years in business. Don't miss the [|Flim Flam's recipe for their famous eclair]!

Graphic for events post

Blog Post

Welcome to OLD NEWS.

Fri, 10/21/2011 - 6:20pm

[img_assist|nid=126286|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=203] Welcome to the future of old newspapers at your library. This is the launch of OLD NEWS, a platform that we'll be using to bring the information contained in thousands and thousands of historic newspapers to the web. We've obtained copies and rights to many local newspapers over the years, including the Signal of Liberty, The Ann Arbor Argus, The Ann Arbor Courier, and most recently, The Ann Arbor News, whose archives AADL took possession of in 2010. OLD NEWS is the online home for all of this information, and we have put together an opening day collection of thousands of articles and images from the Ann Arbor News and other papers as a starting point for this project. Like all AADL products, we'll be continually refinining, enhancing, and expanding OLD NEWS, and one of the most exciting things about working with old newspapers is that there is always more work to be done.

And that's where you come in. Part of the plans for OLD NEWS include ways that you can help AADL to organize, filter, tag, and identify the information brought online, and part of that work starts now with the [|PHOTOMIC DESCRIBORATOR]. We've loaded this tool up with images digitized from the negative collection of the Ann Arbor News, and you can help us to organize these images by simply typing a word to describe the image you're presented with. Anything goes. The more the merrier. And this is just the beginning! There's plenty of images to tag, and plenty of content to explore here on OLD NEWS.

So, have a look around, check out our [|FEATURES], where AADL staff pull together articles, images, and other materials to get deeper into a story, or see the [|PAPERS] that are contained here; or examine our lists of the [|PEOPLE], [|PLACES], [|EVENTS] or [|TOPICS] contained in these articles. Or [:contactus/oldnews|contact us] if you have questions or have something you'd like to add to the collection. Thanks for your interest, and enjoy OLD NEWS!

Articles and Photos from the Ann Arbor News were Donated by the Ann Arbor News. © The Ann Arbor News.

Graphic for events post

Blog Post

AADL Talks to Mary Morgan

Thu, 10/20/2011 - 12:17pm


Before she started the [|Ann Arbor Chronicle] with husband Dave Askins, Mary Morgan worked at the Ann Arbor News where she served as Business editor and later oversaw the Opinions desk. Mary recalls what attracted her to Ann Arbor and the News and she contrasts a typical mid-1990s day in the newsroom with running her online-only news site. She touches on some of the challenges of working the Opinions desk under News Editor Ed Petykiewicz; how the News responded to major changes in the industry; and the decision by Booth Newspapers to close the paper in 2009.

Attachment Size
AADL_Talks_To-Mary_Morgan.mp3 21.86 MB

Graphic for events post

Blog Post

AADL Talks to Jack Stubbs

Thu, 10/20/2011 - 12:14pm


In this candid interview, Jack Stubbs, veteran Ann Arbor News photographer (1968-1996), paints a colorful portrait of the life of a newspaper photographer during the pre-digital era of journalism. He discusses tricks of his trade and recalls the creative ways he got the shot. Jack talks about the work of his fellow "shooters" during this period, and about some of the other News photographers he admired, notably Eck Stanger. Stubbs' assignments ranged from [|city and college sports] to crime scenes and weather disasters, and he covered most of Washtenaw County's major events of the era, including Ann Arbor's June 1968 flood; the [|marches] and protests at the end of the 1960s; the Coed murders and trial of John Norman Collins.

Attachment Size
AADL_Talks_To-Jack_Stubbs.mp3 21.86 MB

Graphic for events post

Blog Post

AADL Talks To Veteran Ann Arbor News Reporter Bill Treml

Thu, 10/20/2011 - 9:04am


Bill Treml spent forty years at the [:aa_news|Ann Arbor News] working the police beat--"chasing cops and robbers," as he puts it. In that time he saw and reported on many of the stories we remember: the [|Coed Murders of John Norman Collins], UFO sightings, a bank robbery in Ypsilanti that left one police officer dead. Much of what we remember we remember from what he wrote. We got a chance to talk to Bill about some of those stories and what kept him at it through all those years. Treml's self-effacing manner cannot hide the fact that he went places most of us have never gone and witnessed things most of us never want to see. He stood in mud in his pajamas at murder scenes. He chased down paddy wagons. He took a front row seat to riots. He sat across the table from one of the worst serial killers in Michigan's history. Treml shared his stories of years as a reporter and told us what it takes to be a great reporter in any age of news reporting. Read some of [|Bill Treml's articles] from the Ann Arbor News at [|Old News].

Attachment Size
AADL_Talks_To-Bill_Treml.mp3 32.2 MB

Graphic for events post

Blog Post

AADL Talks To Heritage Business Owners Charles Schlanderer Jr. and Charles Schlanderer Sr.

Thu, 10/20/2011 - 8:52am


[|Schlanderer & Sons, Jewelers and Silversmiths] has occupied the same prime location on Main Street for over seven decades. It is one of the few local businesses that survived and thrived continuously in the hands of the same family through cycles of boom-and-bust. Recently we sat down with Charles Schlanderer, Sr. (Charlie) and Charles Schlanderer, Jr. (Chuck) – the third and fourth generation of store owners, for a conversation about [|history] of the family business.

In 1933 C. Henry Schlanderer and his two sons Paul and Arthur opened the store in a [:gallery/pictureAnnArbor/a2signs/A2signs592.jpg.html|historic building] at 208 South Main. We learned why, at the height of the Depression, Henry chose to open a store for “luxury goods”; how each successive generation came into the business and the improvements they have made; their decision to stay “downtown” against the gradual exodus of others to the malls; and more importantly, their vision of the retail landscape in the near future.

The Schlanderers also reminisced with us about their most memorable sales over the years, the friendships formed; and loyalty of their clients.

Apart from the discussion about the business, we talked about families; growing up in Ann Arbor, Hillsdale College and Michigan Hockey (Want to know why? Listen to the podcast). You can read [|articles about Schlanderer & Sons] in [|Old News].

Attachment Size
AADL_Talks_To-Charles_Schlanderer_Jr_and_Sr.mp3 10.7 MB