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Tickets are $20 for individuals, $10 for students. For reservations or information about future tours or to schedule one for your group, church or family reunion, call or text 734-819-8182 or email email@example.com
Focus on the Arts - Mixed Media Enjoy a rich viewer experience of mixed media work and meet the local artists who created them. Karmen Brown-sculpture; Shari Tellis and Angela Davis-jewelry; Mya Gold- leather journals; Maria Thompson-handpainted silk scarves, April Shipp-quilts. Light refreshments will be served. Location: Weatherstone Clubhouse 1660 Weatherstone (off Oak Valley Drive). This event is free and open to the public, donations are welcome For more information call Deborah Meadows at 734-819-8182 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday June 28 7 pm Focus on the Arts Gospel Concert
This evening features some wonderful performers and choirs in the Kerrytown Concert House. Tickets are $20 each for adults and $5 for students, call 734-819-8182 or email email@example.com.
May Events: All or Nothin’ and Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
Michigan’s Role in the
Deborah Meadows will present a program on Washtenaw County's part in the Underground Railroad, including information on local abolitionists, sites and events significant to Michigan's Underground Railroad history.
The presentation will take place at the Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County meeting on Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. in the Education Center Auditorium at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti.
The meeting is free and open
to everyone. The program will present highlights about the
African-American Cultural & Historical Museum of Washtenaw County as well.
The class following the presentation will be "The Library -- Shelves Full of Family History", presented via DVD by John Phillip Colletta. Discussion afterwards will be led by Marcia McCrary.
Journey to Freedom
Underground Railroad Bus Tour
This tour focuses on the community of Ypsilanti. The Underground Railroad was a secret network of routes, hidden places, determined citizens and self-liberated people of color seeking freedom. Two essential routes to Detroit and ultimate safety in Canada crossed in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. Discover the role Washtenaw County played on this docent guided bus tour by the exteriors of local and nationally-known Underground Railroad landmarks, sites and homes.
Please call tour docent Deborah Meadows at 734-819-8182 or email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Tours depart from Washtenaw Community College parking lot,
(in front of the Industrial and Tech Building). Parking is free.
Ypsilanti African American Soldiers in the Civil War
Nearly seventy Ypsilanti African-American men served in the Civil War, including a dozen who never returned.
To commemorate the 150th anniversary) of the defeat of the Confederacy, April 9, 1865, join local historian Matt Siegfried for a presentation as we follow their journey day by day through the War.
Whether with Michigan’s 102nd United States Colored Troops or the “Glory” regiments of the 54th and 55th Massachusetts Infantries, Ypsilanti men were stationed on the Sea Islands off the coast South Carolina, home to thousands newly emancipated from bondage.
There they were at some of the War’s most iconic moments like assault on Fort Wagner, the liberation of Charleston and Sherman’s March to the Sea.
We will learn the stories of the Ypsilanti men who volunteered, their life in camp, the battles they participated in, the plantations they helped to liberate and their lives after the war.
- April 11, Ypsilanti Underground Railroad Tour
- June 14, Ypsilanti Civil War Tour w/Matt Siegfried
- June 28, Focus on the Arts: Gospel
- July 25, Scan/Collection Day
- August 1, Ypsilanti Emancipation Day Tour w/Matt Siegfried
- October 4, Ann Arbor Underground Railroad Tour
- October 11, Focus On the Arts: Jewelry/Mixed Media
- November 15, Annual Meeting
- December 6, 19th Annual Evening of Dinner of Jazz
Museum 2014 Community Events
Focus on the Arts: Authors
Underground Railroad Bus Tour, Walk & Talk! Fall 2014
Sunday, September 28, 3 PM
Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth
Historical Objects Inventory: Community Scan Day
10 AM - 2 PM, The Ann Arbor Community Center
625 N. Main Street, Ann Arbor
You are invited to bring photos, documents and other items that tell the history of your family, organization, church, business or African American Washtenaw County connection to be entered into an Historical Objects Inventory (HOI) database. These items and objects will be documented, scanned or photographed (at no charge) and returned immediately to the owner. Whether it’s your grandmother’s wedding dress, childhood memories, photos or even “Papa John” Easley’s barber chair... our goal is to document and preserve a digital record. With your participation, this database will become the most comprehensive digital collection of Washtenaw County Black American historical items and family artifacts.
“Papa John” Easley at work in his barbershop on Ann Street,Ann Arbor 1947 (Source: Mel Chatman, ellisfamilystory.com)
Zingerman's 9th Annual African American Foodways Dinner
The African American Cultural & Historical Museum of Washtenaw County presents
A Culinary Journey
Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 @ 7:00 pm
Zingerman’s Roadhouse • 2501 Jackson Ave • Ann Arbor
Our community is rich with African American culture, history and knowledge and at
Zingerman's 9th Annual African American Dinner we will celebrate the AACHM.
From recently filmed Living Oral History interviews, to the Underground
Railroad Tour, discover what local African-Americans witnessed,
experienced, and contributed to building the community we share
today. Chef Alex has created a menu highlighting the journey of seven
of our families, sharing their history through food.
$55 dinner Price includes food and gratuity.Beverages additional and purchased at the dinner.
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Reservations are available now by visiting www.zingermansroadhouse.com
You are invited to join us for a mix and mingle, cash bar, delicious dinner buffet and live music with good friends. It’s a night full of great jazz with the legendary Ron Brooks on bass and his incredible group of musicians including Tad Weed, George Davidson and Vincent Bowen. The vocal stylings of Betty Joplin add the extra touch of magic. All proceeds benefit the AACHM Annual Fund. Tickets are $50 each and available for purchase online or call Cheryl Ervin at 734-971-7819 to make your reservations. You can also email email@example.com
Living Oral History Project
to build the community we live in today.Please view the entire interviews here.
Focus on the Arts Series
The June 23 Focus on the Arts highlighted youth artists and the adults who worked with them in poetry, creative writing and fine arts.
Featured artists & authors:
- Charles K. Campbell – Author and director of short film, “The Boy With No Joy”
- Gary Hopkins – Graphic design; Mark Miller – Painting and ceramics
- Thomas Myers – Drawing and painting; Anthony Stewart – Painting
- Jonathan Royce – Author, “Detective Dwayne Drake and the case of the Alphabet Thief”
- Lola Jones – Author, “Childrens’ Choices”