Wednesday September 20, 2017: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Westgate Branch: West Side Room
Tuesday June 20, 2017: 9:00am to 9:00pm
Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits
Tuesday May 2, 2017: 9:00am to 9:00pm
Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits
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.
Tuesday January 17, 2017: 3:00pm to 9:00pm
Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases
Tuesday January 17, 2017: 9:00am to 9:00pm
Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit
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.