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Freedom House Launches Online Fundraiser
Mar01

Freedom House Launches Online Fundraiser

  Major Reduction in Annual Support Places Services at Risk Southwest Detroit’s Freedom House – which houses and helps refugees from other countries seeking asylum in the USA – has launched an online campaign to raise $100,000 by April 1. The effort aims to offset the elimination of much of the organization’s annual funding, which could result in its reducing services, even closing. “Freedom House saves lives,” says Executive...

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What’s it like to tour Detroit’s Motown Museum?
Feb01

What’s it like to tour Detroit’s Motown Museum?

One of the first things you’ll see when you tour Detroit’s Motown Museum, home of “Hitsville USA located at 2648 Grand Blvd. in Detroit, is a map full of push-pins representing all the towns and cities that visitors to the museum call home. It’s not too surprising that North America and Europe are bristling with pins, but there are pins on every continent except Antarctica, representing visits from Russians, Brazilians, Nigerians,...

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Motown Museum Plans $50 Million Expansion
Feb01

Motown Museum Plans $50 Million Expansion

The management of Detroit’s Motown Museum announced in late 2016 that a $50 million remodeling and expansion project will be coming soon.The museum, located at 2648 Grand Blvd. in Detroit was established in 1985 after being left vacant for several years when Motown’s operations in 1972 moved from Detroit to Hollywood in California. In the years following that move to the West Coast, Motown founder Berry Gordy’s sister, Esther Gordy...

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Downtown Boxing Gym Packs a Punch with Youth Program
Feb01

Downtown Boxing Gym Packs a Punch with Youth Program

Downtown Boxing Gym has always been more than a boxing gym and as the years go on, the organization reaches more Detroit youth. “Books Before Boxing” is their motto, and they combine enrichment, education, community service, mentoring, intervention, physical activity and a whole lot more to make their youth program successful. Khali Sweeney, the founder and program director at Downtown Boxing Gym (DBG), started dreaming up the idea...

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Only log cabin home in Detroit to be renovated after successful fundraiser
Dec01

Only log cabin home in Detroit to be renovated after successful fundraiser

A successful fundraiser and a matching grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and Michigan State Housing Development Authority are making it possible to bring new life to the only log cabin home in the city of Detroit. The Palmer Log Cabin, located in Detroit’s Palmer Park neighborhood, was built in 1885 and designed by architects George D. Mason and Zachariah Rice. Not a traditional log cabin, it’s closer to a...

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Detroit landmark: Wayne State University’s Bonstelle Theatre
Dec01

Detroit landmark: Wayne State University’s Bonstelle Theatre

If you’ve ever seen Wayne State University’s Bonstelle Theatre and thought it looked like a temple, you’re right. The building located at 3424 Woodward Ave. was original the home of the Temple Beth El synagogue and designed by congregation member Albert Kahn, who meant for the Beaux Arts building to bring to mind Roman and Greek temples. Kahn was known for specializing in industrial architecture and was sometimes called “The Architect...

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