Tuesday, July 19, 2011

FREE Happy 310th Birthday Detroit celebrations at Malls across Metro Detroit in 7/23 7/24

Detroit Historical Society to region: Happy 310th Birthday
Celebrations begins in Detroit, parties continue across 3 counties

The Detroit Historical Society has made it a tradition to celebrate Detroit’s birthday. This year will be no exception. And the organization isn’t limiting itself to just one birthday party location.

“As an institution, we are best-suited to celebrating the founding of the city of Detroit,” said Bob Bury, CEO of the Detroit Historical Society. “This year, we’re excited to expand our festivities into the tri-county area to unite our region in the celebration.”

What began prior to Detroit’s 300th celebration has spurred a tradition. The Detroit Historical Museum will open its doors yet again for free admission to a special birthday celebration on Sunday, July 24. This year the museum welcomes the public to visit from 1-4 p.m. with activities featuring Kidz Art Zone Crafts, the Pettibone Native American Tribe, and the French Canadian Heritage Society.

At the museum, located at 5401 Woodward Ave., families can learn their genealogical history with Detroit Historical Society docent Al Trudeau. At 1 p.m. visitors can attend a free screening of Regional Roots: The Birth and Evolution of Detroit and its People, with a presentation by the documentary's director, Carrie Lezotte. And, no celebration would be complete without cake! Admission (and cake while it lasts) is free.

Detroit’s 310th birthday party extends to the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, located at 100 Strand Drive on Belle Isle, with free cupcakes while they last from noon to 2 p.m. The Dossin welcomes visitors to see its two latest exhibits - To Scale: Great Lakes Model Ship Builders and Bells and Whistles, Flags and Flashes: Lost Languages of the Lakes.

Then, for the first time, the party will go regional.

Organizers at the Detroit Historical Society have reached out to create special events at area shopping malls to bring the celebration close to home for visitors of the museums.

“We wanted to have an opportunity to invite more people to enjoy the 310th birthday at public venues closer to their neighborhoods,” added Bury.

The celebration at each mall will include birthday treats, family-friendly activities and in some cases even live entertainment. Detroit Historical Society representatives will be on hand at each location to share information about Detroit history and the museums. The participating malls include:

  • Macomb Mall – On Saturday, July 23, from 1–4 p.m., the Kohl’s Court will set the scene for a birthday celebration that includes cupcakes, children’s activities and a festive atmosphere. Kids will be encouraged to stop by and try their hand at innovation by designing a flying car. Macomb Mall is at 32233 Gratiot Ave. in Roseville.

  • Northland Center – From 1-4 p.m. Saturday, July 23, visitors are welcome to test their knowledge in a Detroit-themed trivia contest. Answer questions to win passes to the Detroit Historical Museum. Northland Center is at 21500 Northwestern Highway in Southfield.

  • Fairlane Town Center – From noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, families will be invited to participate in the festivities as storyteller Linda Boston leads an immersive presentation focusing on the Underground Railroad.  The audience will discover the role that the Detroit River, and the people of Detroit, played in this important time in American history. After the presentation, families can enjoy cupcakes and snacks.  Fairlane Town Center is located at 18900 Michigan Avenue in Dearborn.

  • Westland Shopping Center – From 1-4 p.m. Saturday, July 23, the Dodworth Duo will perform Americana songs as visitors enjoy cookies by Mrs. Fields at Westland Shopping Center, 35000 W. Warren in Westland.

  • Somerset Collection in Troy - From noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 24, visitors will be entertained by the Dodworth Duo singing a program of classic Americana tunes. Guests will receive vouchers for free soda pop at the Detroit Shoppe. Those who make purchases up to a specified value at the Detroit Shoppe on July 24th will be instructed to take their receipts to the Somerset concierge to receive a pass worth free admission to the Detroit Historical Museum. Somerset Collection is at 2800 W. Big Beaver Road in Troy.

For more information on the Detroit Historical Society, visit detroithistorical.org.


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