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Legacies Project Oral History: Shirley (Rusty) Schumacher

Tue, 12/10/2019 - 11:03am

Shirley (Rusty) Schumacher was born in 1930 in Detroit. She remembers war bonds, scrap drives, and special manufacturing during World War II. She attended William and Mary College and received two master’s degrees in speech and education from the University of Michigan. Schumacher spent most of her career as a teacher at Clague Middle School. In 1985 she founded a student exchange program with Ann Arbor’s sister city, Hikone, Japan. She led a year-long stay there in 1992-93.

Shirley (Rusty) Schumacher was interviewed by students from Skyline High School in Ann Arbor in 2018 as part of the Legacies Project.

Japanese Visitors At The Ann Arbor Farmers Market, August 24, 1984

Japanese Visitors At The Ann Arbor Farmers Market, August 24, 1984 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, August 24, 1984
Caption
From baseball to produce, Japanese visitors sampled area fare: Misako Nomura shows off the new Tiger cap she'll take home, above. Nobuyuki Okada, left, and Shigekazu Waksamutsu inspect the summer harvest at the Ann Arbor Farmer's Market.

Carlos Schonfeld Shows Toy From His Trip To Hikone, Japan, February 28, 1986

Carlos Schonfeld Shows Toy From His Trip To Hikone, Japan, February 28, 1986 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, February 28, 1986
Caption
Japan Trip Remembered: A group of eighth grade students from Ann Arbor shared their insights and memories of their trip last July to Hikone, Japan, during a display and discussion presentation Thursday at the Ann Arbor Public Library. Hikone is a sister city to Ann Arbor. Carlos Schonfeld, above, of Forsythe Intermediate School, demonstrates a common Japanese toy he obtained during his stay in Hikone, while fellow Forsythe student Tuere Carter, displays some of the gifts and objects she brought back from the Orient. Carter's mother, Stephanie and brother Richard, 8, look on.

Tuere Carter Looks At Gifts Brought Back From Her Trip To Hikone, Japan, February 28, 1986

Tuere Carter Looks At Gifts Brought Back From Her Trip To Hikone, Japan, February 28, 1986 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, February 28, 1986
Caption
Japan Trip Remembered: A group of eighth grade students from Ann Arbor shared their insights and memories of their trip last July to Hikone, Japan, during a display and discussion presentation Thursday at the Ann Arbor Public Library. Hikone is a sister city to Ann Arbor. Carlos Schonfeld, above, of Forsythe Intermediate School, demonstrates a common Japanese toy he obtained during his stay in Hikone, while fellow Forsythe student Tuere Carter, displays some of the gifts and objects she brought back from the Orient. Carter's mother, Stephanie and brother Richard, 8, look on.