Nickels Arcade Celebrates 100 Years

Now through July 13, 2017 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases

Photographs, maps, and ephemera from Nickels Arcade and AADL

Nickels Arcade was constructed in downtown Ann Arbor in 1917. AADL is pleased to host a special exhibit in celebration of its centennial year. The AADL exhibit will feature a collection of architectural photography, historic photographs, maps, and objects from this beloved Ann Arbor landmark.

This exhibit runs in conjunction with a companion exhibit at the Nickels Arcade as well as within the businesses that call the Arcade home.

African American Cultural & Historical Museum of Washtenaw County Living Oral History

Now through April 27, 2017 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

Find out more about our community’s history as the African American Cultural & Historical Museum of Washtenaw County unveils their “Living History” exhibit.

This panel exhibition is part of a collaboration with the Ann Arbor District Library and the Living Oral History Project, a collection of interviews illustrating what local African-Americans witnessed, experienced, and contributed to building the community we share today.

The project covered such topics as race; gender; education; equality, faith, housing, employment, community building activities, and social infrastructure. Each topic provided a spectrum of perspectives relevant to the issues and concerns of the African-American community in the history of 20th century Washtenaw County.

The panel exhibit, made possible with funding from The Michigan Humanities Council, features a selection of AACHM participants from the AACHM Living Oral History interviews along with additional interviews that will include residents from Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.

A public reception for the exhibit opening will take place from 3–5 pm on Sunday, March 26. The reception will also be an opportunity for a participatory experience for visitors through examination of the exhibit and sharing stories. The event includes refreshments and is cosponsored by the African American Cultural & Historical Museum of Washtenaw County.

Rotary Club of Ann Arbor: Celebrating 100 Years

Now through February 27, 2017 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases

The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor invites you to celebrate their 100th anniversary through this Downtown Library exhibit.

Founded in 1916, the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor (RCAA) has played a significant role in the life and activities of Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, and the world. Often identified as a town and gown club, the original group of 15 Charter members was comprised of citizens from the town and the University of Michigan. Currently, RCAA has 320 members, the largest Rotary Club in the state of Michigan. This current exhibit showcases its activities over the years, its growth of programs and membership, and highlights the universal access playground to be built in Gallup Park in 2017—a gift to the city of Ann Arbor in honor of RCAA’s 100-year celebration.

Eating the Pig: A Dinner Party in Poetry, Photography and Painting

Now through January 12, 2017 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit

This exhibition is a good example of how art happens: It happens out of daily life.

The 1970s at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor was a good time for poetry. Every week or so there was a reading by a luminary in the field: Donald Hall (who taught at U of M), Robert Bly, Galway Kinnel, Joseph Brodsky, Jorge Luis Borges, to name but a few.

In October 1974 two undergraduates, Stephen Blos and Ric Burns, decided to roast a pig and host a dinner. They invited Donald Hall, Bert Hornback and Jane Kenyon, Don's second wife, along with half a dozen friends.

Stephen Blos took photographs of the dinner resulting in 24 images from the evening.
Don Hall used a tape-recorder to capture his impressions from the night before, which became his poem, Eating The Pig, published in 1975.

Stephen Blos went on to study photography at Hampshire College and move to NYC in 1979. He made his living as a photographer, and as a printer for other photographers such as Helen Levitt and Bruce Gilden, among others. Unfortunately, Stephen died in 1985 when he was thirty years old leaving hundreds of negatives.

Jane Kenyon became a well-known poet and translator of the Russian poet, Anna Anakmatova. Jane who lived in New Hampshire with Don, was the Poet Laureate of the state when she died in 1996 at age forty-seven.

Donald Hall lives at Eagle Pond Farm in New Hampshire. He was the Poet Laureate of the United States in 2006 and was awarded the Presidential Medal for the Arts in 2010. He and Sarah Innes met in 2015 to discuss showing the poem and photographs together. Sarah's sketches of their meeting in New Hampshire are included in the exhibit.

For more on the poem and the dinner party that inspired it, visit http://www.aadl.org/eatingthepig, where you can hear to Donald Hall read his poem or listen to an interview with Bert Hornback.

AADL 20th Anniversary Exhibit

Now through August 30, 2016 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases

Local voters approved a millage to establish a new District Library for Ann Arbor in 1996.

Take a journey back through twenty years of the Ann Arbor District Library with this exhibit of text, panels and object highlighting the past two decades.

A lot has occurred in twenty years! State, local and national awards, new services, new technologies, new branches, author, celebrity and event highlights and more will be featured in this look at the past twenty years.

Building Matters: Kahn Arbor

Wednesday March 2, 2016: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

Albert Kahn is one of the most famous and prolific architects ever to be based out of Detroit.

Known internationally for his radically modernizing approach to industrial architecture, Kahn’s Ann Arbor buildings continue to define the city almost a century after they were built.

Learn about some of his well-known (and not so well-known) Ann Arbor buildings. If you’re already a Kahn fan, feel free to bring up your own.

Jessica A.S. Letaw enjoys working on, thinking over, and telling stories about architecture. Her past day jobs included design/build and construction firms. She lives in Ann Arbor with her rescue hound, Henry, and keeps herself out of trouble by volunteering for the Ann Arbor Summer Festival and other local events. She enjoys reading, gardening, and well-made White Russians.

ArborWiki Blogwarts

Tuesday July 28, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

You can earn Summer Game points just for attending one of the ArborWiki Blogwarts sessions! And while you're there, former Ann Arbor Chronicle editor Dave Askins will lead you through the steps to become an ArborWiki contributor and begin to earn Summer Game badges for making useful edits to ArborWiki, the community-edited resource for all things Ann Arbor. Feel free to bring your laptop or tablet - there will also be computers available at the event.

ArborWiki Blogwarts

Tuesday July 14, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

You can earn Summer Game points just for attending one of the ArborWiki Blogwarts sessions! And while you're there, former Ann Arbor Chronicle editor Dave Askins will lead you through the steps to become an ArborWiki contributor and begin to earn Summer Game badges for making useful edits to ArborWiki, the community-edited resource for all things Ann Arbor. Feel free to bring your laptop or tablet - there will also be computers available at the event.

ArborWiki Blogwarts

Wednesday June 24, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

You can earn Summer Game points just for attending one of the ArborWiki Blogwarts sessions! And while you're there, former Ann Arbor Chronicle editor Dave Askins will lead you through the steps to become an ArborWiki contributor and begin to earn Summer Game badges for making useful edits to ArborWiki, the community-edited resource for all things Ann Arbor. Feel free to bring your laptop or tablet - there will also be computers available at the event.

Researching Your Home's History

Saturday June 13, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

Wonder what secrets your house may hold? Who lived there 25, 50, or even 100 years ago?

Join Patrick McCauley, co-author of Historic Ann Arbor: an Architectural Guide as he walks you though his own experience as a researcher. Along with the considerable research required for his book, McCauley spent years doggedly uncovering his own home's history, and has plenty of guidance, tips and advice.

Whether you're just starting to dig into your work, or already an bit of researcher, McCauley will relate a few of his own research scenarios and share resources, extract lessons and highlight useful tips that you can use in your own historical hunt. Copies of Historic Ann Arbor will be available for sale and signing at the event.

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