The ghost of Daniel Scotten

Daniel Scotten would not rest, even in death, when his factory wasn’t churning out Hiawatha cigars.

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Michigan Governors: Hazen S. Pingree

Hazen S. Pingree was madly loved as Mayor of Detroit, but when he was Governor, no one would even have him over for dinner.

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History Tour: Garden City

Garden City’s first female police officer, who is also my mom, visits the Garden City Historical Museum with me.

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Workmen’s Circle Cemetery

In the early 1920s, my grandfather Isadore came to Detroit from what is now Belarus. My great-grandfather Yehuda was already here, building houses on the east side for the rapidly expanding community of other European immigrants settling at the boundaries the city.

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Ghost hunters

Before Sunday, I’m pretty sure I’d never taken a picture of Michigan Central Station.

But let’s backtrack.

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Frederick Douglass, John Brown and George DeBaptiste

Lately I’ve been falling asleep dreaming about Michigan Historical Markers. Is it just me, or are they really sort of gorgeous? Those heavy green tablets with their shimmery gold letters!  (DESIGN FREAKS: What’s that typeface? I love it.) And where do they come from? Who sponsors them and moreover, if you decide you want to make a Historical Marker happen, what’s your recourse? What do you do?

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Milwaukee’s Forest Home Cemetery

Visiting the beer baron delta, where Blatz, Schlitz and Pabst are all eternally locked in their boozy, intertwined legacies.

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