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Michigan Activity Pass - Check Out Free Passes to Michigan Attractions

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 1:22pm

Looking for adventure? The Michigan Activity Pass (MAP) is newly expanded, offering free or discounted entry to attractions across the state.

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Ann Arbor Police Department: History On The Front Page

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 3:56pm

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Old News has published another trove of photos and articles on the Ann Arbor Police Department that were digitally "ripped from the front pages" of the Ann Arbor News. In June, 1950, Haven Hall was set ablaze by arson. The AAPD investigation led to a graduate student, [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/25000|Robert H. Stacy]. Fingered by a [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/56807|girlfriend] (who briefly [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19501013-informant_in_arson_case.jpg|disappeared] during trial), Stacy confessed in October, recanted, and was convicted in December, 1950. Many of the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N078_0704_002|photos] published on Old News never made it into the Ann Arbor News.

That's also the case with [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N012_0276_004|photos] involving the murder of nurse [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/67340|Pauline Ada Campbell] in September, 1951. The brutal homicide shocked the community and put everyone on [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19510918-psychiatrist_says_killer_pg9.jpg|edge]. It took the AAPD only [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19510920-three_admit_slaying_nurse_pg1.jpg|three days] and a good [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19510920-informants_police_visit_pg19.jpg|tip] to [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19510920-three_admit_slaying_nurse_pg1.jpg|arrest three youths] for the slaying. Crowds [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N012_0273_013|gathered daily] outside the courtroom and legendary News photographer Eck Stanger was granted [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N012_0279_002|photo privileges] unheard of today.

The [http://aapd.aadl.org/aapd|Ann Arbor Police Department Online History Exhibit] houses hundreds of [http://aapd.aadl.org/aapd/photos|photos] from the AAPD and Ann Arbor News including badges, weapons, and memorabilia from the men and women who were and are the AAPD. We're continually adding to the collection of [http://aapd.aadl.org/aapd/articles|Ann Arbor News articles] about the department, the personnel and policing. There are three full-text histories including Mike Logghe's [http://aapd.aadl.org/aapd/truecrimes|True Crimes and the History of the Ann Arbor Police Department].

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Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Archive Launched on Old News

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 7:57am

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The Ann Arbor Civic Theatre is celebrating 85 years and AADL has launched a new [http://www.aadl.org/a2ct|website] detailing the history of this award-winning local theater company.

View hundreds [http://www.aadl.org/a2ct_photos|photos] from the rehearsals, backstages and performances of the plays including never before seen shots from noted photographer Fred Beutler as well as the staff photographers at the Ann Arbor News. The Archive also includes hundreds of [http://www.aadl.org/a2ct_posters|posters] and [http://www.aadl.org/a2ct_programs|programs] from plays and over a thousand [http://oldnews.aadl.org/a2ct_articles|articles] from the Ann Arbor News.

Old News will be adding more programs, photos and documents from the extensive collection at the Civic Theatre in the coming months but we need your help . . . can you identify any of the people in the photos where we don't have names? Everyone knows someone in Ann Arbor who worked in or for a Civic Theatre play, so browse the photos and add your knowledge in the Add New Comment feature. We have identified the lady at your left, that's [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/19602|Gilda Radner.]

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70 years ago this week...

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 4:13pm

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70 years ago, on April 14, 1945, Ann Arbor News photographer Eck Stanger took this photograph of a service parade in the U-M Law Quadrangle held in honor of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who had died two days earlier.

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The 60th Anniversary of the Polio Vaccine in Ann Arbor

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 2:18pm

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60 years ago, [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19550412-vaccine_will_end_polio_pg1|the announcement of the success of the Salk polio vaccine] took place right here in Ann Arbor. This momentous announcement followed one of the largest peacetime mobilization of volunteers in American history to undertake the 20th century's greatest public health experiment. Like many other community newspapers, the Ann Arbor News documented the determination of its citizens to fight [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/33324|polio], with feature stories on the afflicted and the swirl of local fundraising efforts to raise awareness, find a cure, and vaccinate area children. Local historian Grace Shackman has written [http://oldnews.aadl.org/features/polio|a feature story on Polio in Ann Arbor] for our Oldnews site, pulling together dozens of articles and photographs on the history of polio in our community and the announcement of the polio vaccine on April 12, 1955.

Join us on the 60th anniversary, Sunday, April 12, for [http://www.aadl.org/node/265968|a special discussion] at the Downtown Library with Dr. David Oshinsky, Director of the Division of Medical Humanities, NYU School of Medicine, Professor of History, and author of the Pulitzer prize-winning [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1223012|Polio: An American Story].

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50th Anniversary of Tornadoes That Swept Through Milan

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 12:02pm

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On Palm Sunday, April 11, 1965, tornadoes and severe weather [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19650412-storm_wreaks_havoc_pg21.jpg|tore through the Milan area]. Considering that more than 270 lives were lost in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1965_Palm_Sunday_tornado_outbreak|Midwest] and 42 in Michigan, it was phenomenal that Milan reported only two injuries and no fatalities. Residents described [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19650412-man_describes_strange_cloud_pg21.jpg|strange clouds] and [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19650412-whistling_sound_pg21.jpg|whistling sounds] while the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department reported [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19650412-storm_collapses_bridge_pg34|a collapsed bridge and damage to several businesses.] The most typical scenes were [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N013_0707_007|crushed cars], [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N013_0707_005|damaged homes] and [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N013_0707_002|destroyed buildings]. The News got a first-hand account of the damage to [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19650412-news_writer_tells_pg1.jpg|Coldwater] from a former reporter. [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19650413-clean_up_continues_pg15.jpg|Cleanup] began immediately but it was years before Milan fully recovered.

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Researching Your Home's History

Saturday June 13, 2015: 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Celebrating African-American History In Ann Arbor

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 12:36pm

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Dating back to the Underground Railroad, Ann Arbor boasts a rich and vibrant history for African-Americans. A wonderful piece about this time in Ann Arbor’s history is written by Grace Shackman and can be found [http://aaobserver.aadl.org/aaobserver/15566|here].

There are many [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/27735|African-Americans] that created their own piece of history in Ann Arbor. For instance, you can read about Ann Arbor’s first African-American mayor, [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/3779|Albert H. Wheeler], first African-American teacher and later principal at [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/3790|Northside Elementary], [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/2326|Harry Mial] and his wife, [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/3480|Joetta Mial], [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/1500|Huron High School's] first female African-American principal.

[http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/4133|O.Herbert Ellis], who [http://www.niefuneralhomes.com/obituaries/Ora-Ellis/#!/Obituary|passed away last year] is notable for being the first African-American to serve on and to chair the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/2471|Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners]. You can read more history and the individuals that created it [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/54427|here].

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Images of America: Downtown Ann Arbor

Wednesday December 17, 2014: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Middle Earth Rotates Out of the University Scene: AADL Talks To Owner Cynthia Shevel

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 8:30am

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Long, long ago in a galaxy known as the '60s, Ann Arbor's first head shop, [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/22620|Middle Earth] , opened in a 2nd floor walkup on Liberty Street and then moved to its iconic location on South U.

Owner [http://oldnews.aadl.org/node/223000|Cynthia Shevel] sat down with Old News last year to talk about the history of Middle Earth, how it changed over the years and the challenges independent shops face in Tree Town.

Cynthia announced the closing of Middle Earth [http://www.mlive.com/business/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2014/10/ann_arbors_middle_earth_retail.html#incart_m-rpt-2|yesterday] saying that with the closing of the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aaobserver/257848|Selo/Shevel Gallery] a few months back, she and longtime partner Elaine Selo will begin a new phase of their lives.