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Edsel and Eleanor Ford House | Woodward SPine 2013

Edsel and Eleanor Ford House | Woodward Spine 2013

By Jeffrey Buck

I’ve written about this subject before but as I travel throughout the year to new places I am always reminded how important it is to support our local attractions. In hard times and in good these great places are always in need of local support to fund upkeep, special exhibitions and events. Detroit and its surrounding communities have an extensive amount of historical places that are great for local residents and tourists alike. I’m currently a member of the Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak Historical Society and the Henry Ford and want to continue to support others each year. Below is a list, by no means complete, of some of our great institutions you can support.

The Detroit Zoo | detroitzoo.org
The Detroit Zoo is located in Royal Oak, Mich. Memberships range from $43 to $160 depending on size of family and where you live. Open year round with hours that vary by season.

The Henry Ford | thehenryford.org
A membership gives you access to both the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. Memberships range from $45 to $600. Members receive discounts to IMAX movies, the Ford Rouge Factory Tour and much more.

Pewabic Pottery | pewabic.org
Members receive discounts to the Museum Store and Galleries. This historic institution dates back to 1903 and is located on Jefferson Ave. Typical memberships range from $25 to $150.

Preservation Detroit | preservationdetroit.org
Preservation Detroit is known for its spectacular walking tours. A leader in the preservation of Detroit’s architectural history they offer several events throughout the year. Membership levels range from $20 for a student to $2,500 for the Founder’s Circle.

Detroit Institute of Arts | dia.org
The DIA has one of the greatest collections of art. Although supported by the tri-county area you can still become a member. Membership dues are $60 and up.

Motown Museum | motownmuseum.org
The Motown Museum does not currently offer memberships but can be supported through its Annual Fund. The historic set of houses on Grand Blvd. are a Detroit landmark. The museum also accepts the donation of artifacts.

Meadow Brook Hall | meadowbrookhall.org
Open year round this National Historic Landmark is a gathering place for many throughout the year. Memberships start at $100 and include admission, discounts and more. Meadow Brook is also always looking for volunteers.

Detroit Historical Society | detroithistorical.org
Having just gone through a large-scale renovation there’s no better time to become a member. Membership levels start at $25 for the “Researcher” level. Become a member of the Dossin Maritime Group for an extra $20.

Royal Oak Historical Society | royaloakhistoricalsociety.com
This Detroit suburb offers great exhibits in a former fire station. Single memberships are $10 and a family membership is $18.00. Members receive free admission to the museum as well as newsletters and special event alerts throughout the year.

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House | fordhouse.org
Located on 80 acres of lakefront property, this historic home is absolutely gorgeous. Members enjoy many benefits starting at just $25 for a Grounds Pass. Enjoy a guided home tour as well as an iPod Touch tour of the grounds.

Michigan Science Center | mi-sci.org
Formerly the Detroit Science Center, this family friendly attraction is better than ever. Memberships start at $35 for students and only $75 for a Family. Benefits include free admission, discounted IMAX admission and many more discounts.

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History | thewright.org
Become a member of the world’s largest institution dedicated to the African American experience for as little as $25 for a college student and $65 for a family. Located near the Michigan Science Center and DIA, make a day out of all three.

Belle Isle Conservancy | belleisleconservancy.org
For as little as $10 you can become a member of a group dedicated to preserving the largest city-owned island park in the USA. The island is home to some of Detroit’s greatest attractions including the Detroit Aquarium, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, and Belle Isle Nature Zoo.

Are you a member of a group not on the list? Please let us know so we can include it.

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Reflecting on the history of Cobo Arena

By Jeffrey Buck

The North American International Auto Show has been in desperate need of more floor space for quite a while. Year after year other venues around the country have added more space and modernized their facilities to stay current in a time when conventions are highly sought after. As Cobo Hall continues its own transformation with added floor space, a new glass facade and several other upgrades, a historic venue has finally met its demise.

Cobo Arena will no longer welcome fans with stadium seating. The building has been gutted for a more flexible open floor plan that better fits the plan for the future of Cobo Hall. With its transformation to better accommodate its future events it’s hard to forget what went on under its roof. From rock concerts to Detroit Pistons basketball Cobo Arena has hosted some high profile gatherings. A particular event that occurred on June 23rd of 1963 may have been one of its most memorable. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. addressed a crowd of over 25,000 people with a speech that would eventually be used in part in Washington, D.C. only a couple of months later.

Dr. King’s use of “I have a Dream” in Detroit would go on to be one of the most remembered parts of his speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. I have not been privileged enough to hear King’s speech from Detroit but I think it’s worth noting that the speech was released to the public on vinyl by Berry Gordy on his Gordy label. It is also being broadcast today on WDET 101.9 FM, a perfect time to hear it for the first time.

Here is a clip of that speech made in Detroit with several historic photos from the march:


Here is a breakdown of the subject content of the speech. The Great March to Freedom can also now be downloaded via Amazon or iTunes as an mp3.

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Broderick Tower apartment prices released

By Jeffrey Buck

If you haven’t driven downtown lately, more specifically on Woodward at Grand Circus Park, then you may have missed the new windows being installed in the Broderick Tower. Have no fear though because they haven’t completely finished yet. What they have finished though is the price list for the units that will become available in 2012.

The Woodward Spine © 2011

The unit sizes and prices vary from around 300+ sq. ft. for a studio up to over 2,200+ sq. ft. for a penthouse in the sky. Units will range in cost for residents from $650 a month up to $5,100 a month. A extensive list of what is available and information on how to put down a deposit can be found here. Continue reading

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Detroit albums hit milestones

By Mike Fossano

Detroit has a long and rich heritage of producing influential and groundbreaking musicians across many genres, perhaps speaking directly to the region’s historically diverse population throughout the 20th century. Many best-selling colorful music celebrities hail from Detroit, several of whom count Platinum records to their names.

Sparked in part by of a pair of seminal grunge albums from Seattle’s Nirvana and Pearl Jam that recently turned 20 years old, I decided to take a trip down memory lane and create a list of influential Detroit albums through the decades that are celebrating anniversaries of their own.

1961: The Marvellettes: Please Mr. Postman

The debut LP from the Motown girl group spawned the single of the same name, which most notably was the first song from the legendary label to reach the number-one position on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart.

1971: Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On

Recorded at Hitsville, U.S.A., Golden World and United Sound Studios in Detroit (and The Sound Factory  in West Hollywood, California), What’s Going On features introspective lyrics and strong social themes about drug abuse, poverty and the Vietnam War. In 2003, the album was ranked number 6 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

1981: Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band: Nine Tonight

The album was recorded at Cobo Hall and at the Boston Garden in October 1980 and featured “Tryin’ To Live My Life Without You,” which reached #5 on the U.S. Pop Singles chart.

1991: MC Breed & DFC: MC Breed & DFC

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The Flint native’s album generated two hit singles, including “Ain’t No Future in Yo’ Frontin'”, which made it to #66 on the Billboard Hot 100.

2001: The White Stripes: White Blood Cells

Thanks to the popular lead single “Fell in Love with a Girl,” the record helped to drive the band into new levels of commercial and critical success.

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Quotables – Marvin Gaye

“War is not the answer, because only love can conquer hate.” – MARVIN GAYE

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Quotables – Stevie Wonder

“Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn’t mean he lacks vision. ” – STEVIE WONDER

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Berry Gordy’s Sister, Motown Museum founder dies

By Mike Fossano

Esther Gordy Edwards, the sister of Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jr., died Wednesday of natural causes. She was 91 years old.

Gordy Edwards is perhaps best known as the founder of the Motown Museum on West Grand Boulevard. She also served as the Motown’s vice president and chief financial officer during the company’s zenith in the 1960s.

AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Steven R. Nickerson

She also acted as an adviser for Motown artists–many of whom were still in the nascent stages of their careers–including Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves and Diana Ross. Continue reading

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