Ann Arbor Observed: Selections from Then and Now by Grace Shackman

By Grace Shackman

Twenty-five years in the past Grace Shackman started to record the heritage of Ann Arbor’s structures, occasions, and other people within the Ann Arbor Observer. quickly Shackman’s articles, which depicted each element of lifestyles in Ann Arbor through the city’s previous eras, grew to become much-anticipated common tales. Readers grew to become to her illuminating minihistories once they desired to learn about a selected landmark, constitution, character, association, or company from Ann Arbor’s past. Packed with pictures from Ann Arbor of yesteryear and the current day, Ann Arbor saw compiles the easiest of Shackman’s articles in a single ebook divided into 8 sections: public structures and associations, the college of Michigan, transportation, undefined, downtown Ann Arbor, activity and tradition, social textile and groups, and structure.  For long-time citizens, Ann Arbor expatriates, college of Michigan alumni, and viewers alike, Ann Arbor saw offers an extraordinary glimpse of the bygone days of a city with a wealthy and sundry history. Grace Shackman is a background columnist for the Ann Arbor Observer, the group Observer, and the outdated West facet information, in addition to a author for collage of Michigan courses. She is the writer of 2 prior books: Ann Arbor within the nineteenth Century and Ann Arbor within the twentieth Century.

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In 1932, the high school library moved into separate quarters on the library’s third floor, but students continued to use the lower floors after school. Gene Wilson, retired director of the public library, remembers that when he began working there in 1951, the busiest time of day was right after school, when the students would flock over to do their homework. By the time Wilson came to the library, the once spacious building was, in his words, “obscured by shelving on top of shelving. ” Since the late 1940s, citizens’ groups had been talking about the need for a new library.

Rather than removing artifacts for the museum, the emphasis this time was on learning from them, photographing and taking notes on the artifacts found. Subsequent Kelsey Museum digs, done in conjunction with other universities or museums, have explored sites in Tunisia, Israel, Libya, Syria, and Egypt. Current Kelsey expeditions are at Paestum, Italy, investigating a Greek sanctuary; Leptiminus, Tunisia, where the researchers The University of Michigan 51 created a museum to display their findings; Pylos, Greece (a new kind of survey in which researchers are walking across the countryside, collecting signs of past human activity); and Abydos, Egypt, where the museum is doing an archaeological survey in an ancient cemetery.

Dr. Gates died on July 16, 1945. By then, his was the last surviving private hospital in the city. The rest had slowly died out, unable to compete with St. Joe’s, which had built a big hospital on Ingalls in 1913, and the U-M, which had built a large modern hospital in 1925. Of all hospitals, Paul Starr writes, the proprietary hospitals’ “rate of institutional survival was the lowest. ” Ann Arbor’s experience bears this out. None of the hospitals survived their owners. After Gates’s death, his hospital was converted to a rooming house.

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