101 WRIF FM 101.1 Detroit – Goodbye Drew and Mike

I have been a loyal WRIF listener for nearly 40 years, going back to the days of JJ and the Morning Crew, George Swell, and Richard T. Bruiser.  I remember vividly how proud I was to be a member of Detroit Rockers Engaged in the Abolition of Disco and I still have my DREAD Gold Card
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Old Glory Returns to Detroit’s Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Building

Tomorrow, for the first time in over 50 years, Old Glory returns to Detroit’s Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Building. On Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 1:30 p.m., a special ceremony will take place as the United States Flag is once again raised over the GAR Building at 1942 Grand River Avenue. An exciting
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150 Years Ago Today, the 24th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Marched Out of Detroit and Into History

150 years ago today, my Great Great Grandfather Abner Delos Austin, as a newly-enlisted 16-year-old private in the 24th Michigan Volunteer Infantry, marched out of Detroit and into history. At 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 29, 1862, to the cheers of thousands of onlookers, he and his regiment marched out of Camp Barns (located at
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Ladies’ Protestant Orphan Asylum / Children’s Home of Detroit (1836 – 2007)

The oldest benevolent society in Detroit, the Ladies’ Protestant Orphan Association, has its origins in 1818, when a number of women from prominent Detroit families met at the home of Mrs. Benjamin Larned and organized the Ladies Society of the City of Detroit. Its purposes were charitable, with particular emphasis upon the needs and care
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Detroit’s Newly Purchased Grand Army of the Republic Hall – GAR Building to Be Renovated

One of Detroit’s most notable Civil War landmarks, the historic Grand Army of the Republic Hall at Cass and Grand River, is soon to receive a new lease on life thanks to a plan from a Detroit media firm. It took nearly six years, but downtown Detroit’s castle-like building originally used by Union Civil War
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Coming to PBS in November: “The Michigan Experience: The American Civil War Years”

Coming to your local PBS station this month is “The Michigan Experience: The American Civil War Years”, a Michigan-based production from Executive Producers Rodney W. Brown, Leon Collins, and Donna Ullrich and iMichigan Productions (iMp) in East Lansing. As the descendant of two Michigan Civil War soldiers, I am thrilled that this statewide broadcast will
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Scenic Michigan and Civil War Battlefield Wall Calendars Now Available

My collection of fine art photography wall calendars is now available. The collection includes a Michigan Lighthouses calendar, a Great Lakes Glimpses Michigan scenery calendar, a Gettysburg Glimpses battlefield photography calendar, and a Glimpses of Gallantry American Civil War battlefield calendar. The Michigan Lighthouses wall calendar features images of the Ludington North Breakwater Lighthouse, Au
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Pure Michigan’s 15 Incredible Michigan Lighthouse Photos

My photo of Big Sable Point Lighthouse titled “Magical Moment” was selected by Pure Michigan as one of their 15 Incredible Michigan Lighthouse Photos! Thank you very much for the honor, I am thrilled!

Genealogy Pros to Present at the Plymouth Historical Museum

Kathy Petlewski and Ceil Wendt-Jensen, two professional veteran genealogists, will be presenting at the Plymouth Historical Museum on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. Located in downtown Plymouth in the heart of the cultural campus, the museum has plenty of convenient free parking. The all-day event will include lunch and access to the current
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The Michigan – Ohio War (a/k/a The Great Toledo War)

The Michigan – Ohio rivalry is much more than just a football game. Did you know that Wolverines and Buckeyes were battling each other long before the annual meeting on the fields of college football ever began? That famous rivalry goes back much farther … all the way back to the Michigan – Ohio War, the
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