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Lurie Terrace Celebrates 50 Years

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 7:54am

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On a cold and windy [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19641010-lurie_terrace_rites|October 9, 1964], a small group of [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N016_0495_003|speakers and community members] gathered in front of the new senior citizen apartment high-rise, [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/19400|Lurie Terrace], to celebrate its completion. No one was more instrumental in bringing Lurie Terrace to completion than [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/20412|Shata Ling]. Mrs. Ling founded the Ann Arbor Senior Citizens Guild in 1956 and worked tirelessly on behalf of seniors throughout her active career in Ann Arbor. Lurie Terrace was named in honor of Mrs. Ling's mother, Ann Przzan Lurie.

Lurie was [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19610527-city_may_get|one of the first] affordable senior housing projects proposed in the U.S. In 1961 a [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19610905-w_huron_st_site|site on W. Huron] was selected and demolition of [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19630809-old_homestead|four homes] began. Bricks from the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N016_0488_001|Lorin Mills House] were used to construct the patio at Lurie. Designed by local architect James H. Livingston the building featured twin [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N016_0491_007|Pentagon] towers. The first resident to [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N016_0492_002|sign a lease] at Lurie Terrace came from a family with a long history in Ann Arbor, Pearl McOmber.

From the beginning, Lurie Terrace emphasized a [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19650807-living_at_lurie|vibrant and varied lifestyle] for seniors with a [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N016_0498_018|workshop], a [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N016_0498_008|plant conservatory], small dining halls, library, [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N016_0498_010|men's club], even an in-house [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N016_0497_002|"Newsboy"].

Lurie was not without controversy and in February, 1982, three years after a woman was denied admission because she was handicapped, the Michigan Court of Appeals [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19820209-woman_wins_suit|struck down] Lurie's residency requirements that prohibited handicapped persons. Over the years, Lurie developed programs and [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19960927-seniors_at_lurie|social events] that aimed at expanding [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_20021129-music_memoir|horizons] of all seniors in their community of apartments. Happy Birthday Lurie Terrace!

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Writing & Publishing

Nerd Nite Ann Arbor: June 19, presented by AADL at LIVE 102 S First St.

Thursday June 19, 2014: 7:00pm to 9:30pm
LIVE (102 S 1st Street)
Adults

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Databases for the History Buff

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 2:35pm

[img_assist|nid=258070|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=130]A click on the aadl.org [http://www.aadl.org/research|Research] tab at the top of the page will introduce you to a wealth of databases covering such subjects as [http://www.aadl.org/research/browse/cars|Car Repair], [http://www.aadl.org/research/browse/books|Literature], and [http://www.aadl.org/research/browse/investing|Investing].

For those with a history interest, the databases are especially rich.

Start at the [http://www.aadl.org/research/browse/history|History and Biography Page] and go from there. You'll find local history aadl.org-hosted sites like [http://aaobserver.aadl.org/|Ann Arbor Observer: Then & Now], [http://freeingjohnsinclair.aadl.org/|Freeing John Sinclair], and [http://oldnews.aadl.org/|Old News]. An exploration of [http://www.aadl.org/research/sites/history|Other Sites] reveals a yield so diverse, you can find, within minutes, the legend of [http://web.archive.org/web/19990221113219/http://puffin.creighton.edu/theo/simkins/tx/HatshepsutBirth.html|the Birth of Hatshepsut], National Security discussions between [http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB454/|Henry Kissinger and President Gerald Ford], a transcript of [http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?doc=6&page=transcript|the 1783 Treaty of Paris] ending the Revolutionary War, and the actual scanned pages of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle from May 24, 1883 touting the [http://eagle.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/Default/Scripting/ArticleWin.asp?From=Archive&Source=Page&Skin=BEagle&BaseHref=BEG/1883/05/24&PageLabelPrint=&EntityId=Ar00101&ViewMode=GIF&GZ=T|Opening of the Brooklyn Bridge] (click on "View" and then "View Item in PDF" to get the full article) along with the May 31, 1883 edition recording the subsequent, deadly [http://eagle.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/Default/Scripting/ArticleWin.asp?From=Archive&Source=Page&Skin=BEagle&BaseHref=BEG/1883/05/31&PageLabelPrint=&EntityId=Ar00117&ViewMode=GIF&GZ=T|Panic on the Bridge] and much more.

The [http://www.aadl.org/research/browse/newspapers|Newspaper] section allows you to browse historical editions of the Ann Arbor News, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and others. If you know what you're looking for, you can easily track down such unusual items as the Washington Post's 1933 [http://search.proquest.com/hnpwashingtonpost/docview/150465653/fulltextPDF/89CE11B5099640D7PQ/2?accountid=3356|Obituary of Mrs. George A. Custer].

Let your love of history go wild and see what you can find.

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Public Event

Nerd Nite Ann Arbor: March 27, presented by AADL at LIVE 102 S First St.

Thursday March 27, 2014: 6:30pm to 9:30pm
LIVE (102 S 1st Street)
Adults

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Blue Front Bids Farewell

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 10:15am

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In 1927, Ray E. Collins bought the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/42032|Blue Front Cigar Store] at the corner of Packard & State, and the rest, as they say, is history. Ray was a legend in Ann Arbor, [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19770701-a_celebration_at_blue_front|sitting behind his counter] stacked with newspapers, gruffly answering questions and keeping his eyes peeled for ne'er-do-wells. Ray had some troubles with the law himself, getting cited over the years for [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19640326-retailer_given_week|fire hazards] that were a result of his commitment to carrying every newspaper he could find and putting it anywhere he could find.

Ray [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19780821-five_decade_owner|died in 1978], willing the Blue Front to his long-time employee Jill Warren. Jill kept the Blue Front pretty much [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19800815-heiress_to_blue_front|the same], widening the aisles a little, organizing the papers a bit more but leaving the hanging bulbs, thank you. In 1981, Jill [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19810724-landmark_blue_front|sold the Blue Front] to William Graving while maintaining ownership of the building. Ray started out as an employee of the Blue Front, so did Jill, and later employees would continue to have a [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_20090409-fond_memories|fierce loyalty to the store and its traditions.]

We may never know how the Blue Front got its name (Ray didn't know). We know the name was first used in the 1922 Polk City Directory. We were able to trace ownership back to 1908 when 701 Packard first appears in the City Directory with James R. Reed, News Depot followed by Davis & Konold in 1913, Clinton H. Davis in 1915, and Ernest C. Rumbelow in 1916. In 1921 it became Reynolds & Webb Cigars, the first time cigars overtakes newspapers in the store's name. In 1922 R. M. Housel bought the store, hired Ray sometime after that, changed the name to the Blue Front and then sold it to Ray. [http://www.mlive.com/business/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2014/02/remembering_blue_front_ann_arb.html|Goodbye, Blue Front.]

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Arborwiki Edit Night At Arbor Brewing

Wednesday April 23, 2014: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Arbor Brewing - 114 East Washington

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Arborwiki Edit Night

Wednesday March 26, 2014: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Downtown Library: aadlfreespace
Adults And Teens Grade 9 And Up

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Veteran Ann Arbor News reporter Bill Treml dead at 88

Mon, 11/11/2013 - 7:33am

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Veteran Ann Arbor News police reporter, William Treml, who retired in 1996 after 40 years at the paper, [http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2013/11/longtime_ann_arbor_news_report.html|died Friday] at age 88. Over the course of his distinguished career, Bill Treml earned a reputation as one Ann Arbor's best reporters, sometimes arriving to a crime scene with pen, paper, and camera in hand - and at least once in his pajamas. Treml covered some of our city's historic events, including the 1970 [http://oldnews.aadl.org/features/john_norman_collins|John Norman Collins trial] and the 1960s [http://oldnews.aadl.org/features/1966_UFO_Sightings|UFO sightings]. In 2011, we [http://www.aadl.org/node/90989|spoke with Treml] about his career at the News and he recalled his toughest assignments as well as shared his personal memories of the friends he made along the way.

[http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/8343|Read some of Mr. Treml's articles] currently available on Oldnews.

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Nixon in Ann Arbor, October 27, 1960

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 12:31pm

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On October 27, 1960, less than two weeks before the general election, incumbent Vice President and Republican presidential nominee Richard Nixon arrived at the New York Central Railroad depot (now the Gandy Dancer restaurant) to greet a crowd of Ann Arbor supporters. Less than two weeks earlier, John F. Kennedy, the Democrat nominee, [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19601014-aid_new_nations_pg1|came to Ann Arbor] and delivered [http://aastreets.aadl.org/aastreets/frame14c|an inspired impromptu speech on the steps of the Michigan Union] that helped build momentum toward the establishment of the Peace Corps. Nixon, who always thought he was in second place, but was actually leading in public opinion polls at the time, visited Michigan to shore up support in a state whose votes could tip the balance of the election.

In this [http://oldnews.aadl.org/photosearch?keys=Richard+M.+Nixon|series of photographs] taken on October 27, 1960 by Ann Arbor News photographers Duane Scheel and Eck Stanger, we see Nixon and his wife, Pat, disembarking from the train, [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N034_0949_019|shaking hands with well-wishers], and making their way to the speaker’s platform while surrounded by notable Ann Arborites, including former Ann Arbor mayor [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/2078|Cecil O. Creal]; local realtor, [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/3854|Wendell Hobbs]; Ann Arbor Police Chief [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/3027|Rolland Gainsley]; and his successor, [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/2346|Walter E. Krasny].
 
On the platform, Steven Stockmeyer, head of the University of Michigan's Campus Republicans, [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N034_0949_011|presents Nixon with a scroll of student signatures] to demonstrate their support, and Nixon [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N034_0949_015|flashes his ubiquitous “V” sign]. One of the best photographs shows [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N034_0949_013|Nixon speaking to the crowd against a backdrop of the old Broadway Bridge]. Other photos, including this [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N034_0949_001|aerial view] and photos taken on the hilly area above Depot St. and below High St. show the extent of the crowd.

Alas for Nixon supporters, Kennedy went on to carry Michigan’s 20 electoral votes and win the election that year.

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LBJ and the Great Society Speech

Sun, 10/27/2013 - 6:19pm

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The University of Michigan Commencement of May 22, 1964, set a [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19640428-president_setting_precedent|precedent] that may come as a surprise to many Ann Arborites. It was the first time a sitting President spoke on campus. Despite the fact that he would be in town only a [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19640516-johnson_will_stay|short time], the preparations on the campus and in the city to welcome [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/search/subject/%2522Johnson%252C%2BLyndon%2BB.%2B--%2B1908-1973.%2522|President Lyndon B. Johnson] were extensive. [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19640513-schools_to_close|Public and private schools] were scheduled to close on Commencement Day. Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19640522-security_measures_pg28|planned a coordinated security effort] to accommodate what was expected to be President Johnson's [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19640521-president_to_address|largest audience.]

[http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/lyndonbjohnson|President Johnson] used the opportunity to promote his [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19640522-renew_cities_pg1|Great Society] initiative, aimed at addressing poverty and racial inequality in the United States. The Ann Arbor News ran the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19640522-text_of_presidents_address_pg28|entire text] of the speech and University President Harlan H. Hatcher praised a " [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19640523-audience_at_exercises_a_record|serious and significant"] speech. The election-year speech brought politicians in droves to the commencement and Ann Arbor News reporter Bud Vestal provided [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19640523-graduation_provides|insightful commentary] on the political interplay throughout the day, especially between LBJ and Governor Romney.

[http://www.c-span.org/|C-SPAN] was in town recently [http://www.aadl.org/node/235629|filming] for an upcoming program on Ann Arbor that includes interviews with local authors, community and cultural leaders. Local historian [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/search/author/Shackman%252C%2BGrace|Grace Shackman], whose [http://aaobserver.aadl.org/|Then & Now] columns in the Observer have chronicled much of Ann Arbor's past, was interviewed about LBJ's time in Ann Arbor. Coverage of C-SPAN's Ann Arbor visit will be aired on November 16 & 17 on C-SPAN's [http://www.booktv.org| Book TV] and [http://www.c-span.org/Series/American-History-TV| American History TV].

Read all the Ann Arbor News [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/37743|articles on President Johnson's visit] to Ann Arbor.