Miss Wauseon Homecoming Queen – Ohio Festival Royalty

Since 1934, a Homecoming festival has taken place each summer in the small northwestern Ohio town of Wauseon.  This year not only commemorates the 80th anniversary of the Wauseon, Ohio Homecoming, but it also marks the 30th anniversary of my year as Miss Wauseon Homecoming 1984. The Wauseon Homecoming Queen contest was my very first
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Our Michigan Dog Sledding Adventure!

My husband and I have just returned from our Valentine’s Day adventure: we mushed a team of sled dogs! Check one item off the Bucket List! We’ve been trying to do this for a couple of winters now and something always seems to get in the way. But this was our year! Despite an early
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This is Halloween!

My favorite time of year is upon us again!  When Michigan’s fields and forests become a tapestry of vibrant color and the weather turns crisp and cool.  Halloween is by far and away my favorite holiday and I always look forward to decorating the house for the hordes of trick or treaters that come to
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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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Michigan Lighthouses Calendar Now Available

A new addition to my collection of fine art photography wall calendar is now available: a Michigan Lighthouses calendar. The Michigan Lighthouses wall calendar features images of the Ludington North Breakwater Lighthouse, Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, Point Iroquois Lighthouse, Au Sable Point Lighthouse, Grand Haven South Pierhead Inner Light, Christmas End of the Road Range
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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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