The little Detroit history letter

  • May 04, 2017 Will we ever see wild turkeys in Detroit?

    *If you like pictures of turkeys, make sure you click "display images." *

  • March 03, 2017 House of Diggs

    *Vintage postcard advertising the House of Diggs funeral home. *

  • December 22, 2016 Made-in-Detroit gift ideas (from the late 1800s)

    *You'll want to make sure to turn on "display images" for this one. *

  • October 05, 2016 The Michigan banana

    In 1867, a shopkeeper in Detroit displayed a curiosity in his store window: a fruit known as a "custard apple," or "Michigan banana," as the notice in the paper described it.

  • August 26, 2016 The brief, charmed life of boy judge Fred Bloman

    This week I wrote about Grand Lawn Cemetery , renewing my quest to visit every cemetery in Detroit

  • July 01, 2016 Alaskan cemeteries; historical Fourth of July festivities

    On my last night in Alaska (time of sunset: 9:49 pm), I walked to a cemetery at the top of a hill to visit Joe Juneau, founder of Juneau.

  • May 27, 2016 The first governor of Minnesota was from Detroit

    *Painting of Henry H. Sibley by James Fairman, 1888. Image via the collections of the Minnesota Historical Society .*

  • March 31, 2016 Little boys v. trees

    By the banks of the creek called Bloody Run, there was once an enormous tree, older than almost anyone could remember. It was a whitewood tree (more commonly known today as a tuliptree). Some said it ...

  • February 01, 2016 Detroiters in Florida

    *Kumquats, baby! postcard via Florida Memory *

  • December 17, 2015 The Zoo question

    The draft of the newsletter I was working on last night got way out of hand. What began as a funny little story about how the zoo was almost at 7 Mile and Woodward became a lengthy story about regiona...