Activist, lawmaker, [a:Hayden, Tom|author], and politician [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/4363|Tom Hayden] died yesterday at 76. Hayden took the hard route towards politics with his involvement with the University of Michigan's [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/4673|Students for a Democratic Society (SDS)] and helped write one of the most significant 20th century political manifestos: the [w:Port Huron Statement]. His participation in the disruption of the 1968 Democratic convention as one of the fabled "[http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/4998|Chicago Seven]" made him an international celebrity. Visits to Hanoi during the Vietnam War brought attention to the conflict in ways that were unpredictable at that time, and his marriage to [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/4999|Jane Fonda] gave him a celebrity-status he never quite lived down.
Right or wrong, Hayden proved that one voice can make a difference in American politics. Conventionally unsuccessful, he nonetheless served as a model for democratic political participation in ways that more orthodox politicians would never have dared to attempt.
Watch AADL's 2014 video [http://www.aadl.org/aadl_events_20140914-tom_hayden|"A Call to Battle Against the Climate Crisis"], Hayden's discussion on how Michigan and the Great Lakes region can move the U.S. towards the protections of a clean energy economy.
On November 3, 1964, the voters of Ann Arbor came to the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N034_0888_004|polls] to vote for President of the United States . . . and they [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N034_0888_008|came] and [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19641103-city_voters_crowding_polling_places|they came]. When the City Clerk finished counting, a new [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19641104-city_turnout_hits_29409|voter turnout] record was set at 29,409. The Ann Arbor News [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19641104-washtenaw_vote_tallies_for_four_offices|tallies] for Washtenaw County showed a 16,000 vote advantage for President Johnson over Barry Goldwater, a trend that was mirrored nationwide. Ann Arbor and the County also set a record for ticket-splitting, handing Governor Romney a sizable victory over Ann Arbor's [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/2299|Neil Staebler].
In the lead-up to the election, the News published a voter education guide, [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19641012-what_you_should_know_to_make_your_vote_count_p1|What You Should Know To Make Your Vote Count In 1964]. The Guide featured [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19641012-what_you_should_know_to_make_your_vote_count_p5|profiles] of the federal candidates and statewide [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19641012-what_you_should_know_to_make_your_vote_count_p5|candidates] for Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State and Attorney General. You'll see some very familiar names on the page. Included were civics lesson on [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19641012-what_you_should_know_to_make_your_vote_count_p10|Courts] in Michigan, [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19641012-what_you_should_know_to_make_your_vote_count_p3|local elections] and [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19641012-what_you_should_know_to_make_your_vote_count_p2|general elections.] The 1964 election stood out for another reason: for the first time voters would elect the Governor and Lt. Governor as a team from the same political party. There was only one statewide [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19641012-what_you_should_know_to_make_your_vote_count_p4|ballot proposal] and the question will be very familiar to voters in 2016.
Fast forwarding to 2016, the Michigan League of Women Voters has produced a non-partisan Voter Guide that is available at all [http://www.aadl.org/aboutus/hours|AADL] branches. The [http://www.lwvannarbor.org/|Ann Arbor League of Women Voters] has been conducting local candidate forums that are available from the CTN [https://a2ctn.viebit.com/|Video On Demand] page as well being rerun throughout the election cycle on Channel 19.
The [http://www.a2gov.org/departments/city-clerk/Elections/Pages/Voting.aspx|Ann Arbor City Clerk] has a web site with all the info you'll need to vote. The last day to [http://www.a2gov.org/departments/city-clerk/Elections/Documents/MI%20Voter%20Registration%20Form%2097046%207.pdf|register to vote] is Tuesday, October 11, 2016. If you're not sure if you're registered or your voter information is up-to-date, check it out on the SOS [https://webapps.sos.state.mi.us/MVIC/|Michigan Vote] site. If you'd like to vote absentee, you can print off the [http://www.a2gov.org/departments/city-clerk/Elections/Documents/Clerk_Absent_Voter_Ballot_Application%20AA%20NEW.pdf|Application for Absentee Ballot] directly or stop by one of AADL's branches and we'll be happy to print it out for you.
On February 12, 1960, [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/20415|Lela Duff] launched a column in the Ann Arbor News called [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/20411|Ann Arbor Yesterdays] that became so popular with readers that it ran for 75 weeks covering every aspect of local history in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County. Ms. Duff was well known to thousands of Ann Arbor High School students but after [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19520614-miss_duff_ends_teaching_career|34 years] of teaching English she retired and began her "second career" as a local historian.
Ann Arbor Yesterdays began, fittingly, with a discussion of the history of the naming of [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19600215-ann_arbor_yesterdays_that_puzzling_name|Ann Arbor]. Her research was impeccable, using every available University, City, County and private [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19600307-ann_arbor_yesterdays_a_word_about_source|archive and collection] to tell the story of our development. Although [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19600425-ann_arbor_yesterdays_lets_take_a_walk|historic buildings] where a continual topic of the columns, Ms. Duff gave readers a rich tableau that included the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19601010-ann_arbor_yesterdays_coming_of_the_germans|immigrants] who settled the area, [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19600229-ann_arbor_yesterdays_those_old_time_plays|theater]and [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19600321-ann_arbor_yesterdays_the-red-cross|civic organizations], [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19600502-ann_arbor_yesterdays_memories_of_may_festivals|music] and [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19610116-ann_arbor_yesterdays_old_time|recreation]. The story of [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19600523-ann_arbor_yesterdays_the_lower_town_story|Lower Town] and [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19601128-ann_arbor_yesterdays_new_city_hall|Downtown], the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19600606-ann_arbor_yesterdays_campus_white_house|University] and the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19610612-ann_arbor_yesterdays_century_of_business.jpg|names] that made them possible. Ms. Duff devoted five columns to the early churches of Ann Arbor, from [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19610220-ann_arbor_yesterdays_our_early_churches_the_presbyterian|First Presbyterian] to [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19610320-ann_arbor_yesterdays_st_thomas_the_apostle|St. Thomas].
There were humorous columns on [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19600822-ann_arbor_yesterdays_from_genesis_to_homer|crime] and youthful [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19601031-ann_arbor_yesterdays_when_boys|shenanigans]. Two of the most heartfelt columns were a remembrance of [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19601107-ann_arbor_yesterdays_armistice_day|Armistice Day], 1918 and [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19601226-ann_arbor_yesterdays_not_for_self|Albert Warnhoff] who made sure Christmas came to all children. Ms. Duff bid Ann Arbor News readers [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19610710-ann_arbor_yesterdays_a_farewell_miscellany|goodbye] in July, 1961 and was immediately [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N071_0467_003|honored] for her columns by the Historical Society of Michigan. And by [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19621003-lela_duffs_book_out|October] the columns became one of the most popular and enduring local history books in Ann Arbor. You'll want to check out a copy of [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1021933|Ann Arbor Yesterdays]from AADL to see the added illustrations and photos that bring to life the buildings and people from her columns. Ms. Duff continued to fight the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19701010-preview_at_kempf_house|good fight] for historic preservation throughout her life. The [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19830428-historys_grand_lady|"Grand Lady"] of local history died in 1983 but her legacy lives on in her columns, her books and her commitment to our past.
We recently stumbled upon an envelope of Ann Arbor News photo negatives from September 1940 titled “Radical Demonstration on Behalf of Dismissed Student Reinhardt," which eventually led to information on the student in question (including the correct spelling of the name): [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/98537|Hugo Reichard]. It turns out that Reichard, along with several writers for the student-run Michigan Daily and members of the campus left-leaning American Student Union (ASU) had been ousted by U-M President Alexander G. Ruthven for “radical” and “fifth-column" activities following an [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19400419-campus_stirred_by_nazi_flag_on_pole|April peace rally on campus] - a decision that caused considerable controversy among faculty and students that year.
In November, two months after the photographs were taken, an “open hearing” on behalf of the dismissed students, sponsored by the Michigan Civil Rights Federation and the Michigan Committee for Academic Freedom, took place off campus in Ann Arbor’s Island Park. Roughly 500 people - including students, faculty, and family members - attended, where lawyers and members of the UAW-CIO excoriated Ruthven’s decision as a violation of the students' civil rights. The Ann Arbor News briefly covered the event in two articles, [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19401109_p3-protest_meeting_is_held_at_park|“Protest meeting is held at park”] and [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19401111_p5-father_upsets_ouster_%27trial%27|“Father upsets ouster trial,”] and further weighed in with [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19401114_p4-how_marxists_work|an editorial on the hearing organizers' brazen use of "Marxist techniques."]
Meanwhile, Ruthven [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19401109_p3-ruthven_scores_faculty_critics|defended his position in a speech in Chicago], where he advised administrative officers and professors of colleges and universities to "rid themselves of the notion that romanticism, sentimentalism, and indiscriminate tolerance are essential constituents of democracy." And on Friday, November 16, several former Michigan Daily writers, now leading newspapermen around the country, [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19401116_p3-400_persons_attend_daily_50th_anniversary_dinner|voiced their opinions on the matter during the Daily’s 50th anniversary dinner] held at the Michigan Union.
With World War II raging in Europe and the United States not yet committed, these were indeed interesting times. For more on this controversial moment in U-M's history, read the 2015 article [http://michigantoday.umich.edu/the-doves-of-1940|"The Doves of 1940"] in Michigan Today by James Tobin.
Crusading district attorney, governor of New York and two-time Republican nominee for president [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/46809|Thomas E. Dewey] was a 1923 graduate of the University of Michigan with a soft spot in his heart for his alma mater. In July 1947, Dewey came with his wife Frances Hutt Dewey, and their two sons, Tom Jr. and John, to [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19470731-dewey_comes_to_city|visit] the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N186_0050_003|campus] and town. It was the year before his second run the presidency in 1948. Dewey suggested that the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19470801-when_new_york_governor|trip] was to show his school to his 14-year-old [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N186_0050_008|Tom Jr.,] "a prospective student." He and his family met with UM President [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N186_0050_007|Alexander Ruthven], received a tour of the campus, including the Student Union, the office of the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N186_0050_004|Michigan Daily] and marveled at the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19470801-dewey_describes|growth] of the school and town since he was an undergraduate.
At Michigan, Dewey was active on campus. He was editor of the [https://www.michigandaily.com/|Michigan Daily] and performed in the campus choir. A [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N071_0320_001|photo] from 1921 shows Dewey dressed as leprechaun for campus production of "Top of the Mornin'". He gave up a career in music for the law, attending Columbia University Law School. In 1956, Dewey [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19560927-4000_hear_dewey|returned] again to UM campus to attend a meeting of [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N186_0108_006|Ann Arbor Republicans], meet with campus [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N186_0108_003|Young Republicans] and promote the campaign of incumbent GOP President Dwight Eisenhower. Dewey was the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19440629-dewey_is_first|first] UM graduate to run for president of the United States. He was nominated in 1944 to run against incumbent President Franklin D. Roosevelt and in 1948 to run against incumbent Harry Truman. In 1958 the UM Board of Regents gave Dewey an [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19581112-thomas_dewey|award] for Outstanding Achievement. Dewey was a native of Owosso, Mich.
Old News has unearthed some photos from Jimmy Hoffa's triumphant return to Michigan following his election as President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in October, 1957. Over a thousand Michigan Teamsters [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N186_0115_003|lined up] to welcome 'Jimmy' back home.
Willow Run Airport was awash in [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N186_0115_002|cars] and [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N186_0115_005|semis]. An [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N186_0115_001|honor guard] preceded Hoffa onto the stage where he [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N186_0115_008|delighted] the crowd with his homecoming speech. The Teamsters presented Jimmy with a Native American [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N186_0115_003|headdress] to symbolize his new leadership role.
Hoffa had delivered a fiery speech at the convention decrying the [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Senate_Select_Committee_on_Improper_Activities_in_Labor_and_Management|McClellan Committee] investigation and anti-labor legislation pending in Congress. Mr. Hoffa disappeared on July 30, 1975 three years after his tenure as President of the Teamsters ended.
On August 18, 1948, the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/18777|Freedom Train] pulled into Ann Arbor at Ferry Field. This traveling museum of the most important [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19480810-train_documents|documents] in American history gave people a rare opportunity to view and learn about America's founding documents, historic events and guiding principles. Washtenaw County decided to [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19480813-parade_tomorrow|celebrate] the exhibit in a very big way with a week of parades and events leading up to the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N034_0843_010|train's arrival].
There was a [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N034_0844_017|Veteran's Parade], a [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N034_0846_002|Children's Parade], a [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N034_0844_001|Community Organization's Parade], a [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19480817-voting_registration_campaign|Voter Registration] Day, parties and [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N034_0845_001|speeches] throughout the County. The Ann Arbor News covered the events extensively and put out a special [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19480813-freedom_train_edition|Freedom Train edition]. Old News has published the photos the Ann Arbor News photographers took -- not just the few that made it into the paper. There were [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N034_0844_030|floats] galore, [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N034_0844_026|bands] aplenty, excited [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N034_0844_016|kids], a sea of [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N034_0846_005|bikes], long lines at [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N034_0843_004|Ferry Field] and in the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N034_0843_008|Exhibit].
An interesting part of the special edition were the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19480813-calkins_fletcher|ads] by local merchants tailored to the exhibit. Each ad highlighted an important freedom like [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19480813-preketes_sugar_bowl|trial by jury] and [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19480813-midwest|unlawful search and seizure], or a civic duty like [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19480813-ann_arbor_implement|voting] and [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19480813-ann_arbor_coop|volunteering]. The focus of many of the ads and speeches were those [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19480813-banks|running for office], exhorting them to be fully educated to our Constitution, Bill of Rights and civil liberties. 1948 was a Presidential Election year and the Freedom Train's [https://prologue.blogs.archives.gov/2015/07/01/new-web-exhibit-on-the-freedom-train/|travels] throughout the 48 states surely had an impact on candidates and voters.
Thursday June 2, 2016: 9:00am to 9:00pm
Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases
On [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_times_news_19210513-citys_kiwanis_club_will_…|May 13, 1921], the Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor was founded. Old News has published hundreds of [http://oldnews.aadl.org/kiwanis_photos|photos] and [http://oldnews.aadl.org/kiwanis_articles|articles] chronicling the history of one of Ann Arbor's oldest and most generous organizations. Only a few of these great photos made it into the Ann Arbor News and we hope Kiwanians enjoy this [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N025_0325_002|expanded] look back at their [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N111_0423_003|history].
The Kiwanis have donated time, money, expertise and compassion to such a wide variety of needs that it's impossible to name them all. First and foremost is the Kiwanis long association with University Hospital (later Mott) Children's ward. In the 1920s the Kiwanis realized that [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/33324|polio] was consigning hundreds of Michigan children to years of hospitalization and determined they would make life as normal and enjoyable as possible for the kids. They funded a [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N035_1254_002|school], a [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N035_1250_004|therapeutic pool], [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N035_1249_001|arts] and[http://oldnews.aadl.org/N035_1259_002| crafts rooms], a professional staff, and a [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N035_1300_001|bright atmosphere] to counter the effects of polio. How did they do it? In 1927, the Kiwanis [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_times_news_19270301-rummage_sale_is_planned…|launched] the most famous [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N025_0412_002|Rummage Sale]in Ann Arbor. The Kiwanis [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N025_0309_001|paper sale] began in 1932 and ran for more than [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N025_0319_002|30 years].
The Kiwanis sponsored [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N024_0507_001|4-H Club picnics], rang bells for the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N032_0070_001|Salvation Army], built Boy Scout [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N025_0323_002|cabins] and a Juvenile Center [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N025_0366_001|play shelter.] [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N025_0340_001|Schools], the YWCA's [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N025_0340_001|Camp Takona], the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N026_0264_002|Public Library], area [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N027_0581_002|high schools] and [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N025_0375_004|nursery schools], the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N025_0369_008|County Farm Bureau], city [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N025_0374_007|parks], the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N003_0708_005|Police Department], the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N121_0023_008|Special Olympics], the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N003_0127_009|Y], whatever the need, the Kiwanis stepped up.
The Kiwanis took time to have fun with card parties, club [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N025_0338_019|picnics], [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19351217-keen_points_out.jpg|meetings] and [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19381010-kiwanis_takes_over_city.jpg|conventions], [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N024_0534_001|baseball], and one a very cool [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N089_0481_002|road trip] . Happy Anniversary Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor, here's to 95 more.
This week marks the 60th anniversary of the opening of the 'New' [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/1044| Ann Arbor High School] in April 1956. Old News has published the photos and articles that tell the story from students campaigning for new digs in February, 1953 to the first [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19560615-first_graduation_rites.jpg|commencement] in June, 1956. Voters had barely [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19530225-school_building_issue_carries.jpg|passed the bond] when the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N027_0452_001|earth movers] starting clearing the old Stadium Hills Golf Course to make way for the new high school. There are great shots of the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N027_0466_003|construction] and the various [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N027_0472_001|buildings] that make up the complex. A cornerstone ceremony was held in December, 1954, led by the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N027_0473_004|AAHS Marching Band.] By May, 1955, the building was ready for a [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N027_0481_001|Student Council] inspection and in November, 1995, the School Board sponsored a [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19551114-thousands_turn_out.jpg|public tour] that brought a [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N027_0487_001|real crowd] to the site.
[http://oldnews.aadl.org/N027_0501_001|Moving-in] started in earnest in February, 1956. On [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19560330-its_moving_day.jpg|March 30th] an army of [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N027_0498_011|student volunteers] turned out to help AAHS [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N027_0498_019|staff] to fight the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N027_0498_003|mud] and get the school ready for [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19560410-its_official.jpg|opening day,] April 9, 1956. Students filled the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N027_0499_003|halls,] tested the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N027_0499_002|equipment,] hit the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N027_0499_017|books] and had some [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N027_0499_006|fun] at the not-quite-finished school. Check out the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N027_0499_021|lunch room.] While the new school filled up, [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N027_0502_001|'Old' Ann Arbor High School] at State & Huron [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N027_0502_002|emptied] out and [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N027_0502_005|silent hallways] awaited remodeling by the University of Michigan as the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19560414-high_school_dedication_may_arouse.jpg|Frieze Building.]
The official public tour of the new high school was held on April 15, 1956 and [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19560416-8000_tour_gape.jpg|thousands turned out.] Guests were [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N027_0506_003|welcomed] at the door, toured a [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N027_0506_002|sleek new lobby,] and attended a formal [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N027_0506_006|dedication.] You can view the original [http://www.aadl.org/aahsdedication|Dedication Program] on Old News.
On June 14, 1956, the first [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19560615-first_graduation_rites.jpg|Commencement] was held at the new high school, featuring both an [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N027_0510_003|1891 graduate] and an [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N027_0510_008|engagement.] Many of the photos we've published on Old News never appeared in the Ann Arbor News so be on the lookout for townies you know.