Celebrate with us as Stevens T. Mason turns 201

In Michigan’s 175th year as a state, celebrate the life of our first, youngest, and fieriest governor: the hotspur Stevens T. Mason. We gather to toast his memory this Thursday, 10/25, in Capitol Park.

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Today is the bicentennial of the surrender of Detroit

Presently a shell whizzed past him, taking with it the pipe from his mouth. He was unharmed, but was so indignant at the unceremonious treatment and the loss of his pipe that he seized his musket and … fired at the battery of the enemy until his ammunition was exhausted.

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July 24, 1701: Cadillac lands

The story of Detroit begins on July 24, 1701, when an argumentative French fugitive shores his canoe on the banks of the strait and founds a city for the glory of King Louis XIV.

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Fall in love with Corrado Parducci, Detroit’s designer extraordinaire

Corrado Parducci designed much more than architectural ornamentation — he also painted intricate designs on the walls of his home, wove tapestries, carved wooden busts of his children, and designed hub caps and bumpers for cars. A guest post about Detroit’s most prolific designer from the maker of a new documentary.

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Detroit and the War of 1812

Four reasons to celebrate Detroit’s role in the War of 1812. We’ll talk more at Drunk History on Thursday, 6/21.

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Fish week*: Palmer’s carp

“Some of the blamed things have grown until they are as long as your arm, and they wallow about on the bottom like a lot of hogs until the water is ruined in appearance.”

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