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Kit Homes of Ann Arbor: A Historical Tour

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June 8, 2017 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Join kit house researchers Andrew and Wendy Mutch and learn about the fascinating history of catalog and kit homes, including Michigan's role in the kit house industry. The presentation explores the steps of buying and building a catalog house through the story of one Ann Arbor family's home. Attendees are taken on a photographic tour of some of the 200+ catalog and kit houses located in and around Ann Arbor. Andrew and Wendy Mutch are kit house enthusiasts, researchers and owners of a 1926 Sears Roebuck “Hamilton” kit house in Novi.

Length: 01:22:49
Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)
Rights Held by: Ann Arbor District Library
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Kit Homes of Ann Arbor: a Historical Tour


 

The Beatles and "Abbey Road"

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April 19, 2017 at the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

Released in October 1969, Abbey Road was the last album the Beatles recorded together and it remains a fan favorite.

Learn about the making of this masterpiece from Walter Everett, a professor of Music Theory at the U-M School of Music and a world-renowned Beatles scholar whose works include The Beatles As Musicians: Revolver through the Anthology, which has been called "the most important work to appear on the Beatles thus far," and The Foundations of Rock: From Blue Suede Shoes to Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.

This event was cosponsored by the Michigan Theater.

Length: 00:50:02
Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)
Rights Held by: Ann Arbor District Library
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The Beatles and "Abbey Road"


 

Iconic Restaurants of Ann Arbor

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December 7, 2016 at Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

What is an iconic Ann Arbor restaurant? Ask anyone who has ever spent time there as a student, traveler, or townie, and they are likely to name several favorites in an instant. From debating the best places to celebrate or console on football Saturdays to deciding where to eat after the bars close, the choices have always sparked passionate conversation.

Through rare photographs and advertisements, coauthors Jon Milan and Gail Offen revisit favorite area dining spots and discuss their book Iconic Restaurants of Ann Arbor. Milan and Offen, authors of Grand River Avenue: Detroit to Lake Michigan, rekindle some tasty memories, and perhaps even some of the local foody debates.

No matter what, these iconic places will always be an important part of Ann Arbor's shared past and palates.

Length: 01:05:25
Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)
Rights Held by: Ann Arbor District Library
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Nerd Nite #42 - Prostitutes, Politicians, and Pornography: The History of Ann Arbor’s Red Light District

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February 16, 2017 at Live! 102 S. First St.

There was a time in Ann Arbor’s history when the Fourth Avenue area of downtown was known as the red light district. Lined with prostitutes, adult bookstores and massage parlors, Ann Arbor’s red light district was presided over by the Pied Piper of Porn, Terry Whitman Shoultes. Take a trip into the seedy underbelly of Ann Arbor’s dirty past.

Learn more about this topic in the AADL Old News Archives.

About Rich Retyi and Brian Peters: These gents produce Ann Arbor Stories, a podcast featuring stories from Ann Arbor’s distant and not so distant past. Rich runs digital and social media strategy for the University of Michigan hospitals and enjoys writing, playing with his kids, and Friday beers. Brian is the Operating Officer for Ghostly International, a multi-platform cultural curator and record label, as well as co-owner of local indie label, Quite Scientific; he enjoys fishing, camping, mustard, and surprise surprise – Friday beers.

Length: 00:20:17
Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)
Rights Held by: Ann Arbor District Library
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Nerd Nite Ann Arbor presented by AADL at LIVE 102 S First St.


 

Nerd Nite #42 - Time Traveling Vikings: Or, the many layered subgenres of romance novels

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February 16, 2017 at Live! 102 S. First St.

Within the romance genre there are dozens of subgenres, some well known, some very unknown. Most people can name a few – contemporary, historical, or paranormal for example. Some people have even heard of Amish romance, westerns, or Highlanders. This talk isn’t about any of those. It’s about the subgenres that almost no one’s heard of, the time-traveling Viking romances that we never knew we were missing.

About Celia Mulder: She is a first-year Masters student at the University of Michigan's School of Information. She happens to be a huge romance fan but she honestly can’t tell you what her favorite book is, there are just too many. In addition to reading the smutty stuff, she writes it too.

Contains explicit content.
Length: 00:24:32
Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)
Rights Held by: Ann Arbor District Library
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Nerd Nite Ann Arbor presented by AADL at LIVE 102 S First St.


 

Culinary Historian Andrew Coe Discusses His Book: "A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression"

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May 21, 2017 at Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

The giddy optimism of post-World War I America came crashing down during the Depression, which radically altered eating habits, as author Andrew Coe describes in his new cultural history A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression. This book, coauthored with Jane Ziegelman, was awarded the 2017 James Beard Foundation Book Award for nonfiction.

Despite President Herbert Hoover’s 1931 claim that “nobody is actually starving,” Americans, in cities and rural areas alike, existed on subsistence diets and the effects of vitamin deficiencies were felt long into the war years.

A Square Meal is an in-depth exploration of the greatest food crisis the nation has ever faced-the Great Depression-and how it transformed America's culinary culture. Join us for a stimulating learning opportunity about this historic upheaval and the shifting role of governmental aid in response.

Andrew Coe is a writer and independent scholar specializing in culinary history. He and his wife, Jane Ziegelman, are co-authors of "A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression." His ground-breaking Chop Suey: A Cultural History of Chinese Food in the United States was a finalist for a James Beard award and named one of the best food books of the year by the Financial Times. He has written books, articles, and blog posts on everything from the ancient history of foie gras to the secret criminal past of chocolate egg creams to where to buy the tastiest bread in New York City. He has appeared in documentaries such as the National Geographic Channel's "Eat: The Story of Food" and "The Search for General Tso." He and his wife live Brooklyn with their two children.

Length: 00:41:13
Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)
Rights Held by: Ann Arbor District Library
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James Beard Foundation Book Award Winner Andrew Coe Discusses His Book: "A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression"


 

AACHM Oral History: Janice Thompson

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January 26, 2017 at Downtown Library

Please take a moment to take our Living Oral History Survey and let us know what you learned.

Janice Thompson was born in 1939 and grew up in Ypsilanti. She reminisces about visits from her Detroit relatives to her home in the "country," some of the prejudice she faced during her school years, and pranks she played with friends in Ypsilanti neighborhoods. Ms. Thompson received a master's degree in social work, working for a time at the Veteran's Administration hospital and running programs for public housing children.

Length: 01:23:04
Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)
Rights Held by: Ann Arbor District Library


 

AACHM Oral History: Nelson Freeman

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January 12, 2017

Please take a moment to take our Living Oral History Survey and let us know what you learned.

Nelson Freeman was born in 1939 and grew up in Ypsilanti. He remembers being one of the few black children at his elementary school and the transition to high school with white friends. He also recalls how his father made sure local African American children had a night of their own at the local rollerskating rink, where he became one of the best skaters, and other social and business activities in town. Mr. Freeman spent time in the Navy and had a long career as a dental technician.

Length: 01:19:37
Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)
Rights Held by: Ann Arbor District Library


 

AACHM Oral History: Charles Morris

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February 21, 2017 at Downtown Library

Please take a moment to take our Living Oral History Survey and let us know what you learned.

Chuck Morris was born in 1938 and grew up in Ypsilanti where he attended Harriet Street Elementary School and Ypsilanti High School. He recalls Ypsilanti neighborhoods and businesses, the Willow Run Bomber plant and air raids during World War II, and the opening of Washtenaw Community College. Mr. Morris attended the Navy and retired from the Ann Arbor District Library where he worked as the bookmobile driver/trainer for many years.

Length: 01:26:51
Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)
Rights Held by: Ann Arbor District Library


 

AACHM Oral History: Phase Four of the Living Oral History Project

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2017

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Compilation video from Phase Four of the Living Oral History Project, in collaboration with the Ann Arbor District Library and the African American Cultural and Historical Museum of Washtenaw County. With Fred Adams, Audrey Lucas, Chuck Morris, Nelson Freeman, Johnnie Rush, and Janice Thompson.

Length: 00:26:50
Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)
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The African American Cultural & Historical Museum Of Washtenaw County Living Oral History Project