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St. Andrew's Episcopal Church Celebrates 190th Anniversary

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[http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/5532|St. Andrew's Episcopal Church] marks 190 years in Ann Arbor in 2017. Old News has digitized hundreds of photos and articles beginning with the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/node/274671|appointment] of Rev. Gillispie to the rectorship in 1861 to a 2009 story of [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_20090208-svea_gray_with_churchs_meal_program_from_start|Svea Gray], mainstay of St. Andrew's Breakfast program. Grace Shackman's [http://aaobserver.aadl.org/aaobserver/17845|Then & Now] article provides a great overview of the history of the church. The recommendation of Rev. Tatlock in 1895 to provide [http://oldnews.aadl.org/node/127488|free pews] so that all were welcome at the church foretold the mission of St. Andrew's to be [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19780407-a_local_first_woman_to_be_priest|inclusive], [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N003_0617_006|supportive] and most importantly, a [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19580130-human_relations_commission|force] in the community at large. The 39-year rectorship of [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/38244|Henry Lewis], from 1922 to 1961, embodied this [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19491210-dr_lewis_heads_dp_committee|spirit] and became a model for all St. Andrew's [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/104043|rectors] to [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/84383|follow].

St. Andrew's was a social center for Ann Arborites as well. Their Easter Ball was the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19360417-easter_ball_will_be_society_highlight|"society highlight"] of the year, followed closely by their [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19371213-list_of_patrons_and_patronesses_announced|Guild Ball in December]. The annual [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N018_0657_001|Christmas] and [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N018_1103_002|Easter] fairs raised money for the Church and for their charitable programs. Music remains one of the most noted aspects of St. Andrew's Church. Their [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N018_0649_002|choirs], [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N018_0651_001|organists], [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N018_1032_003|concerts] and plays by the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/56271|St. Andrew's Players] remain not-to-be-missed events. The Canterbury House was a place for [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N023_0318_001|performance] and [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N019_0843_001|poetry] and [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19670304-works_to_be_read_by_protest_poet|protest].

And of course, the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N018_0290_002|building]. From any [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N018_0290_006|view], [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N018_0664_002|inside] and [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N018_0593a_001|outside], whether [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N018_0321a_001|chapel] or [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N018_0321a_002|vestry], [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N018_0299_003|details] that have a [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N114_0605_001|history] of their [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N114_0605_005|own]. Be sure to include St. Andrew's, 306 N. Division St., on your next walking tour of Ann Arbor. You can also read about the history of [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/search/author/%2522St.%2BAndrew%2527s%2BEpiscopal%2BChurch%2B%2528Ann%2BArbor%252C%2BMich.%2529%2522|St. Andrew's] in books at AADL.

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African American Cultural & Historical Museum of Washtenaw County Living Oral History

Tuesday March 21, 2017: 9:00am to 9:00pm
Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

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Civil Defense and Disaster Preparedness

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In 1951, President Harry S. Truman created the Federal Civil Defense Administration (FCDA). This was the Homeland Security Department of its day and it churned out films, brochures, and other propaganda materials purporting to protect Americans from nuclear bombs (as well as other fallout from the Cold War) in the name of national security.

From the 1950s through the 1970s, Americans turned away from the more practical civilian endeavors of the WWII era such as scrap collecting and [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/39666|bond drives] to [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/108315|build fallout shelters] and [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N024_1102_001|stockpile supplies] or engage in atomic air raid and other [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N024_1099_002|civil defense drills]. They even staged [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/108781|mock disasters].

In retrospect, some of this emergency preparedness seems a bit silly, but at least it gave Americans something to do in a time of international uncertainty - and Ann Arbor was no exception. Here is the Ann Arbor News’ [http://oldnews.aadl.org/civildefense|“Civil Defense” photo negative collection] for your viewing pleasure.

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Celebrating Our Own Thing

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Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/55652|Our Own Thing] organization here in Ann Arbor. With Black History Month upon us, now is a great time to acknowledge the work of this incredible group started in 1968 by Dr. Willis C. Patterson, Singer A. "Bucky" Buchanan, Jon Lockard, and Vera Embree. Countless African-American students in the area have benefited from the cultural arts instruction provided by Our Own Thing, as well as their scholarship program which has sent numerous young artists and musicians to Interlochen Arts Academy. [http://www.aadl.org/aachmvideos/willis_patterson|Watch the interview of Dr. Patterson] from the AACHM (African American Cultural & Historical Museum) Living Oral History Project for a deeper look into the organization and the amazing man behind the scene.

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Rotary Club of Ann Arbor: Celebrating 100 Years

Tuesday January 17, 2017: 3:00pm to 9:00pm
Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases

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John Glenn: 1921-2016

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John Glenn, American hero, U. S. senator, WWII and Korean War veteran, and icon of the Space Age, on the day he became the first American to orbit the earth.
[http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19620220_p1-glenn_goes_into_orbit|Read the article].

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Pearl Harbor Day Meets Ann Arbor, July 1943

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Today we remember and honor the U. S. citizens who were killed in the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on December 7, 1941. Here in Ann Arbor, a strange piece of Pearl Harbor history was paraded through our streets in the summer of 1943. Give a listen to the Ann Arbor Stories Podcast, [:node/342957|The Suicide Sub Comes to Ann Arbor] for the quirky details, and take a look at the newspaper's coverage of the [:taxonomy/term/93954|Japanese Suicide Submarine Tour].

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Eating the Pig: A Dinner Party in Poetry, Photography and Painting

Friday December 2, 2016: 9:00am to 9:00pm
Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit

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Election Day in Ann Arbor ~ 80 Years Ago

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80 years ago, on November 3, the News posted this "Electoral Thermometer" on the outside of its new building at 340 E. Huron St. Total electoral votes were then 531, with 266 needed to win. At this point in the day, candidates Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democrat) and Alf Landon (Republican) are neck and neck. The car parked at lower right with ladders sticking out the back is from the Ann Arbor Window Cleaning Co, which is presumably how they adjusted the "thermometer" as returns came in.

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Activist, Lawmaker, and Writer Tom Hayden Dies at 76

[img_assist|nid=349879|title=Tom Hayden|desc=Tom Hayden|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=143]We were saddened to hear of [http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/25/us/tom-hayden-dead.html?_r=0|the passing of Tom Hayden]. This well-known activist and lawmaker had Ann Arbor ties from his time at the University of Michigan and his involvement in the founding of the Students for a Democratic Society.

Recently, Tom Hayden appeared at the Ann Arbor District Library in 2014 to discuss the battle against climate change. A video recording of that event can be found [http://www.aadl.org/aadl_events_20140914-tom_hayden|here].

AADL’s Old News has several articles from the Ann Arbor News archives that mention or feature [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/4363|Tom Hayden], including [http://oldnews.aadl.org/node/87079|this one from 1969] about an anti-Vietnam War protest and parade he was involved in.