Local History Photos

Close-up of herringbone cobblestone construction, Cobblestone Farm


Close-up of herringbone cobblestone construction, Cobblestone Farm

Cobblestone houses, built from stones small enough to hold in one hand, are very labor intensive because the construction process entails putting in the stones one by one.

Read more in Cobblestone Houses in Washtenaw County by Grace Shackman and 2781 Packard Road by Marjorie Reade & Susan Wineberg.

Image courtesy of Stan Shackman.



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Getting into wardrobe for the Michigan Union Opera


Getting into wardrobe for the Michigan Union Opera

Since the Michigan Union was an all-male club, men played all the roles-both male and female.

Read more in When Football Players Danced the Can-Can by Grace Shackman and Ann Arbor Founders: Let's Put on a Play.

Image courtesy of Bentley Historical Library.



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George Voelker & Sam


George Voelker & Sam

George Voelker delivered beer for Dupper's with the aid of a horse named Sam.

Read more in 439 Fifth Street: From Drinking Spot to Play Yard by Grace Shackman.

Image courtesy of Louis Velker.


People: George Voelker

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Original UM Botanical Gardens, with old univeristy library in the background


Original UM Botanical Gardens, with old univeristy library in the background

The original botanical gardens were right on campus in front of the old library, about where the Graduate Library now sits.

Read more in The Botanical Gardens on Iroquois by Grace Shackman.

Image courtesy of Bentley Historical Library.

Bentley Image Bank: BL005208



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Samuel Dexter's mansion


Samuel Dexter's mansion

Among the places slaves might have hid is Samuel Dexter's mansion just outside the village of that name.

Read more in The Underground Railroad in Ann Arbor by Grace Shackman.

Image courtesy of Bentley Historical Library.

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Adam and Pauline Goetz standing in front of Athens Press


Adam and Pauline Goetz standing in front of Athens Press

The Athens Press second home was a storefront at 208 North Main.

Read more in The Athens Press on Main Street by Grace Shackman.

Image courtesy of Larry & Paulette Goetz.


People: Adam Goetz, Pauline Goetz
Places: 208 North Main St.

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Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church


Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church

Bethel A.M.E. Church was located in this building at 632 North Fourth Avenue from 1895 to 1971.

Read more in Bethel AME by Grace Shackman.


Places: 632 North Fourth Avenue

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Guy Beckley's home at 1425 Pontiac Trail


Guy Beckley's home at 1425 Pontiac Trail

Guy Beckley's home at 1425 Pontiac Trail.

Read more in The Underground Railroad in Ann Arbor by Grace Shackman, 1425 Pontiac Trail by Marjorie Reade and Susan Wineberg, and Ann Arbor Streets: The Underground Railroad.

Image courtesy of Stan Shackman.


Places: 1425 Pontiac Trail

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Huron Block on Broadway


Huron Block on Broadway

Guy Beckley published the Signal of Liberty above his brother Josiah's store in the Huron Block on Broadway.

Read more in The Underground Railroad in Ann Arbor by Grace Shackman and Ann Arbor Streets: Lower Town.

Image courtesy of Bentley Historical Library.

Summary: Bentley, nobib, Huron block, Josiah Beckley



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Ann Arbor Y.M.C.A., now Lane Hall


Ann Arbor Y.M.C.A., now Lane Hall

Post card view of Lane Hall when it was still the Y.M.C.A.

Read more in Lane Hall by Grace Shackman.

Image courtesy of Bentley Historical Library.



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