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Monday, 28 March, 2011 2:10 AM

Three new exhibits on display at the Detroit Historical Museum

Detroit Economic Club 75th Anniversary exhibit set to open on April 16

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Fabulous 5: Detroit's Award Winners is among three new exhibits now open at the Detroit Historical Museum.

by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

 

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DETROIT -- Fabulous 5: Detroit's Award Winners, New to the Collection and artwork by Janet Anderson are now on view at the Detroit Historical Museum. Attendees will see artifacts and awards from Mitch Albom, Dr. Ralph Bunche, Julie Harris, Joe Louis and Diana Ross. New to the Collection features recent acquisitions by the Historical Museum. The Janet Anderson artwork on the second floor includes illustrations of the Detroit skyline, Penobsot Building and the Bob-Lo boat. Another new exhibit, based on the Detroit Economic Club, will open on April 16.

"This is the latest installment of our Fabulous 5 series of exhibits," said Bob Sadler, director of public and external relations at the Detroit Historical Museum. "These are basically people who some of them you've seen before at the museum, but this is kind of a different way of presenting them. They're presented in being the tops in their field and recognized with major national and international awards. We start off with Mitch Albom, who has been a longtime sports columnist and Sunday columnist in the Detroit Free Press. Just in the last year, he received a lifetime achievement award, the Red Smith Award from the Associated Press Sports Editors. He's won many awards, but that is the one we are focusing on here."

He added: "Also in the exhibit, Ralph Bunche, who was born in Detroit and was the first person of color to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, which he received in 1950 for brokering a peace deal between the Israelis and the Arab states in the Middle East. Also in the exhibit, we have Diana Ross, who of course, from Detroit, alum of Cass Tech and known as a Motown singer both solo and with the group The Supremes. She's in the exhibit because she won the Lifetime Achievement Award from Black Entertainment Television and also the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors about three years ago. Finishing off the exhibit we have actress Julie Harris, who is from the Grosse Pointes. She has received Tony Awards and a lifetime achievement Tony Awards. Closing out we have Joe Louis, who we've seen in a number of times in a number of our exhibits. We're focusing on his Congressional Medal of Honor, which was given to him posthumously in 1981. The award given for his work during World War II supporting the troops."

Why were these five individuals chosen to be in the exhibit?

"With the Fab 5, we always are trying to say these aren't the best award winners, these aren't the only award winners, these are basically representative of some of the major awards that Detroiters have won over the decades," Sadler explained. "They're representative of the diversity of Detroit. There's different time eras in play and also diversity of the political world, the sports world, the entertainment world and the world of journalism."

The Detroit's Award Winners exhibit will be on display through Labor Day Weekend while the New to the Collection and Janet Anderson artists showcase will both be up for almost a year.

"It basically showcases things that we've collected at the Detroit Historical Society over the past year or so," the director of public and external relations said. "The idea behind it is to demonstrate that we're a living, breathing museum. History is not just stuff that happened 100 years ago. It can be stuff that happened in the last couple of weeks or in the last year. This gives you an idea of some of the kinds of things that we get in our collection on a regular basis. Things that tell recent stories as well as people who have added things to our collection that tell older stories as well."

What are some of the pieces that visitors will see in New to the Collection?

"We have scorecards and some memorabilia from the almost perfect game Armando Galarraga from Comerica Park last year in June 2010," he explained. "Of course, the famous game where he got to two outs in the ninth inning and the umpire made a bad call to cost him a perfect game and baseball immortality. We also have some new artifacts that include a Cunningham drug store sign that was in the Grosse Pointes. We have some toys, a Houdini magic set branded with Harry Houdini, who died in Detroit and a set of silverware that was given to Frank Doreumus, who was at the time the city controller and later was to become mayor of the city of Detroit in the 1920's."

The Detroit Artists Showcase section of the museum features works by the late Janet Anderson.

"She had an unfortunately short career," Sadler said. "She lived between 1949 and 1997. She's most famous for her pen and ink renderings and drawings of Detroit cityscapes skyline and other types of skyline in metro Detroit. We have some good examples of her work in our Detroit Aritsts Showcase."

A new exhibit on the 75th Anniversary of the Detroit Economic Club will open on April 16 inside the Community Gallery.

"The Michigan Sports Hall of Fame exhibit is closing on April 3 and the new exhibit will be opening to the public on the 16th of April," the director of public and external relations explained. "I believe that will continue through early July."

The Detroit Historical Museum is located at 5401 Woodward Ave. (NW corner of Kirby) in Detroit’s Cultural Center. Regular hours are Wednesday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from Noon to 5 p.m. On Mondays and Tuesdays, the Museum is not open to the public but available for group tours by calling (313) 833-7979. Adult admission is $6. Seniors (60+), college students with valid college ID, and youth ages 5-18 pay $4. Admission for children ages four and under is free. Parking in the Museum’s lot is $4 at all times. For more information, call the Museum at (313) 833-1805 or check out their website at www.detroithistorical.org.

Related Story: Michigan Sports Hall of Fame exhibit opens at the Detroit Historical Museum

 

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A collection of books written by Mitch Albom.

 

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Postage stamps, a biography and more about Ralph Bunche.

 

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A Nobel Peace Price, and a sign from Ralph Bunche.

 

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A dress worn by Diana Ross of The Supremes.

 

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A theatre playboard along with photos of actress Julie Harris.

 

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