Lincoln Park Historical Museum

Lincoln Park Historical Museum The Museum collects materials - artifacts, photographs, etc - for exhibit and archival purposes, reflecting the extensive history of the community. We are located in the historic Depression-era Lincoln Park Post Office building, erected 1938-1939.
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05/02/2020

To all of our friends: Due to the pandemic, Museum and Society events that were to have taken place in May (as listed in our February newsletter) have been cancelled. These include the museum grounds cleaning day scheduled for Saturday May 9th and the Historical Society's Annual Memorial Bell Ringing Ceremony scheduled for Saturday May 16th. The Historical Society's annual dinner normally held in May is being postponed until a time later in the year.

Our temporary exhibit that opened the end of February - two weeks before we closed - is still in place and we will soon be posting images of those items with descriptions here: a combination of pieces that were donated to the museum in 2019 and some long-forgotten artifacts re-discovered while cleaning the museum's lower-level storage areas in January and February.

As for a museum reopening date - or what a reopening to the public will even look like - that is yet to be determined. The State of Michigan continues its temporary "stay home stay safe" mandate through May 15th, but it is highly likely that the museum will not be reopening to the public quickly.

For the most part, we will aim to follow the lead of the City of LP and the public library on reopening arrangements and new precautions. We will strive to keep folks informed as new developments occur. In the meantime, if there is anything we can assist you with, please let us know.

Due to the unsettled times, it has been difficult to issue our quarterly May June July newsletter. Know that our plan is to issue one before too long. It will be posted on this page.

Please continue to be well and stay safe, everyone.

MC5 50th Anniversary Events
04/27/2020

MC5 50th Anniversary Events

R.I.P Emil. Emil Bacilla passed away on April 25, 2020 at his home in northern California after a lengthy illness, at 75. Emil was close friends with Rob Tyner and Gary Grimshaw when all lived here in Lincoln Park as youths in the 50s and 60s. The Lincoln Park Museum was indebted to Emil for sharing his early photos of the band with us for the MC50th anniversary exhibit in 2015, and the current permanent exhibit. Shown here is Emil's high school photo from the LPHS class of 1963 yearbook and one of the photos he had taken of the band at Wayne's house in the summer of 1966. The link here to the Detroit Artists Workshop page on Emil has more of his story and photographs.
We extend our deep sympathies to his family and friends.

http://www.detroitartistsworkshop.com/bacilla-emil/

04/13/2020

As most are aware, the official date of extended closings and restrictions, as the State of Michigan expands precautions against the spread of the coronavirus, has been updated to May 1st. We will continue to monitor the situation as developments take place.

Please everyone be safe and remain well in body and spirit in these anxious days.

Dear friends, as the City of Lincoln Park has instructed all City buildings to close through April 6th, the museum will ...
03/16/2020
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Dear friends, as the City of Lincoln Park has instructed all City buildings to close through April 6th, the museum will follow suit. check back here for further updates as they develop.

Covid-19 Update 3/16/2020

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

As previously announced, the City of Lincoln Park has cancelled all City-sponsored events, programming and activities at all city buildings with the exception of Meals on Wheels at this time.

Effective March 16, 2020 at 4:00 p.m., all City of Lincoln Park Municipal Buildings will be closed to the public until April 6, 2020. This includes City Hall, Department of Public Services, the Library, Kennedy Memorial Building/Senior Center, the Community Center and the Police Department Records Bureau. Employees will be available to assist by phone at (313) 386-1800. Residents should continue to utilize the drop box located at the side entrance of City Hall, postal mail and online services available at www.citylp.com for transactions.

Due to the COVID-19 State of Emergency Protocols, all City of Lincoln Park public meetings including board and commission meetings have been cancelled until April 6, 2020.

Information about COVID-19 is rapidly changing. The Emergency Management Team will continue to monitor the situation closely. Residents can also stay informed by regularly visiting Michigan.gov/Coronavirus, CDC.gov/Coronavirus and www.waynecounty.com.

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We are sorry to announce that the historical museum is cancelling its public events scheduled through at least April 6. ...
03/14/2020
Welcome to City Of Lincoln Park, Michigan

We are sorry to announce that the historical museum is cancelling its public events scheduled through at least April 6. (see below). We will be monitoring the public health state of emergency situation closely along with other community entities and will follow their lead. As we have learned very quickly, school closings and the cancellations of sporting and cultural events are just some of the extraordinary cautionary measures now in place to keep the population safe from further spread of the coronavirus.

For now, the museum building will remain open to individual visitors during our regular visiting hours of Wednesday and Saturday from 1pm to 6pm; however, this too may change as developments occur that could further impact the situation. Updates will be posted here. Feel free to contact us via message or email with any questions.

Let's all continue to be safe and remain healthy by following the precautions set in place by the CDC. You can check for these at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html

Please consult the City of Lincoln Park website for all city matters and services that are being impacted by the crisis. http://www.citylp.com/news_detail_T6_R267.php

PLEASE NOTE THESE PUBLIC MUSEUM EVENTS ARE NOW CANCELLED:
Wednesday April 1, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. The presentation "The Incredible Journey to Midnight" and the Underground Railroad's Final Stop at Detroit, by Karin Risko.
Saturday, April 4, 2020, The Historical Society trip to the Conservation and Museum Services Studio in Detroit to observe the restoration work being completed on Zoltan Sepeshy's 1940 mural "Hauling in the Net".

We look toward to the time when this health crisis will have passed and the museum's programming of public events can resume.

We send the best of health to you all.

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The museum will reopen on Saturday February 29 - Leap Day - with a "Leap Into the Past" event from 12pm to 6pm.  (see fl...
02/28/2020

The museum will reopen on Saturday February 29 - Leap Day - with a "Leap Into the Past" event from 12pm to 6pm. (see flyer below for info) Our main exhibit case features a unique mixture of items; some are recent donations to the museum, and others are pieces long with us and re-discovered during the 2-month-long cleaning and re-organizing of the museum's lower-level storage areas. The special display will be on view through March and April.

On March 4th, the Historical Society's first Wednesday evening program of the year will take place at 7:00 p.m. open to the public free of charge (see flyer posted here) - an evening of old silent films shown on a vintage 8mm home movie projector -- remember those? -- including a cartoon, a 1941 newsreel, and the 25-minute documentary "The Rise and Fall of the Tin Lizzie" from 1927 telling the story of the Ford Model T. Doors open at 6:30p.m.
Wednesday the 4th will also return the museum to its regular hours of operation every Wednesday and Saturday from 1:00p to 6:00pm.

We hope you'll stop in for a visit soon!

After being closed for the cleaning and reorganizing of the museum's lower level storage areas since the first of the ye...
02/19/2020

After being closed for the cleaning and reorganizing of the museum's lower level storage areas since the first of the year, the museum will REOPEN on SATURDAY FEBRUARY 29 - Leap Day - with a special "Leap into the Past" event. We're inviting our historical society members and other Lincoln Park residents to stop in that day between 12 noon and 6pm with their family histories - photos and written histories - that can be digitally scanned and added to our Lincoln Park history archives.

At the same time, for young visitors we will offer a trip to the past of their parents and grandparents via hands-on experiences with record players, tape recorders, transistor radios, dial phones, typewriters, and films shown on a 8mm projector - and other time-warp toys and objects.

We hope you can stop by for a visit and celebrate Leap Day with us this year!

Our regular hours of Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1:00pm to 6:00pm will resume on Wednesday March 4th.

We’re looking forward to the 6th annual Chocolate Walk this Sunday! ❤️🍫The museum is excited to be participating in this...
02/12/2020

We’re looking forward to the 6th annual Chocolate Walk this Sunday! ❤️🍫The museum is excited to be participating in this event which will be from 1:00-4:00 PM on February 16th. See the attached flyer for more information!

Our page did not reflect our normal business hours, so we have added that information to the page - BUT please note that we are currently closed* for the season through the end of February -- except for a special event on Sunday February 16th. That day we will participate in Lincoln Park's annual Chocolate Walk held from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. You can pick up a list of participating locations at Park Restaurant that day. Stop in and see us!

*We are open by appointment only during the winter.

Check out our current newsletter and stay on top of current happenings at the museum!
02/09/2020

Check out our current newsletter and stay on top of current happenings at the museum!

Our page did not reflect our normal business hours, so we have added that information to the page - BUT please ...
01/22/2020

Our page did not reflect our normal business hours, so we have added that information to the page - BUT please note that we are currently closed* for the season through the end of February -- except for a special event on Sunday February 16th. That day we will participate in Lincoln Park's annual Chocolate Walk held from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. You can pick up a list of participating locations at Park Restaurant that day. Stop in and see us!

*We are open by appointment only during the winter.

12/16/2019

If you are looking to stop at the museum before the end of the year, a reminder that we will be open Wednesdays and Saturdays through Saturday December 28th (but closed on Christmas the 25th).

The museum will be open by APPOINTMENT ONLY during both January and February as we take on the long overdue project of cleaning and organizing our lower-level storage and display areas. The lower level gets much less attention when we are open to the public normal days and hours and are required to be on the main floor. By taking this needed time, we can focus exclusively on the many tasks below. These two winter months traditionally have the lowest attendance of the year, so we expect that the closing will be less of an inconvenience to our visitors. FOR APPOINTMENTS to visit during this time, please call the museum at 313-386-3137 or email at [email protected]. Also, you can also private message us here.

We will then reopen with a bang on Saturday, February 29, 2020 to celebrate the Leap Year! We hope you can plan to join us that day for a festive "Leap Day" event. More information to come -- watch for posts on this page as well as for spring events that are just around the corner. And of course the February 2020 newsletter will be posted here on the first of the month.

🎄🎄 HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ONE AND ALL! 🎄🎄

We’re looking forward to tomorrow! Join us for the Annual Holiday Open House tomorrow from 2:00-4:00 PM 🎄❄️🎅🏻 We look fo...
12/07/2019

We’re looking forward to tomorrow! Join us for the Annual Holiday Open House tomorrow from 2:00-4:00 PM 🎄❄️🎅🏻 We look forward to seeing you there!

Be sure to join us this Sunday for some holiday fun! 🎄☃️🎅🏻❄️
12/04/2019

Be sure to join us this Sunday for some holiday fun! 🎄☃️🎅🏻❄️

The Annual Holiday Open House is one week away 🎄 Join us for some holiday fun on Sunday, December 8 from 2:00-4:00 PM. A...
12/01/2019

The Annual Holiday Open House is one week away 🎄 Join us for some holiday fun on Sunday, December 8 from 2:00-4:00 PM. All are welcome to attend!

‘Tis the season 🎄❄️🎅🏻 Mark your calendars for Sunday, December 8 from 2:00-4:00 PM for the Historical Museum’s Annual Holiday Open House! We’ll have a vintage holiday printing press, hot mulled cider and holiday cookies, and so much more. Join us for some holiday fun!

In the run up to the Thanksgiving holiday this next week, make sure to mark your calendars for the Lincoln Park DDA-spon...
11/23/2019

In the run up to the Thanksgiving holiday this next week, make sure to mark your calendars for the Lincoln Park DDA-sponsored Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony taking place on Saturday November 30th at 6:30 p.m. The festive annual event is held in front of city hall at 1355 Southfield Rd. The museum will be open that evening until 8:00 p.m., with a heated tent located in the parking lot where guests can visit with Santa Claus and enjoy hot cocoa and cookies courtesy of the DDA and the Michigan Cookie Project. We hope to see you there!

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

‘Tis the season 🎄❄️🎅🏻 Mark your calendars for Sunday, December 8 from 2:00-4:00 PM for the Historical Museum’s Annual Ho...
11/22/2019

‘Tis the season 🎄❄️🎅🏻 Mark your calendars for Sunday, December 8 from 2:00-4:00 PM for the Historical Museum’s Annual Holiday Open House! We’ll have a vintage holiday printing press, hot mulled cider and holiday cookies, and so much more. Join us for some holiday fun!

A huge thank you to our guest speaker, Greg Wittkopp, for his wonderful presentation on “The Story of the Lincoln Park P...
11/15/2019

A huge thank you to our guest speaker, Greg Wittkopp, for his wonderful presentation on “The Story of the Lincoln Park Post Office Mural” this past Wednesday evening!

Thank you to everyone who braved the cold and snow to come out to the Annual Veterans Day Ceremony yesterday! Join us to...
11/12/2019

Thank you to everyone who braved the cold and snow to come out to the Annual Veterans Day Ceremony yesterday!

Join us tomorrow at 7:00 PM for the presentation on “The Story of Lincoln Park Post Office Mural” with guest speaker Greg Wittkopp! Admission is free and doors will open at 6:30 PM. We hope you all can join us!

A huge thank you everyone who came to the Annual Veterans Day Ceremony and to our distinguished guests who attended and ...
11/11/2019

A huge thank you everyone who came to the Annual Veterans Day Ceremony and to our distinguished guests who attended and spoke. We were honored to have Congresswoman Debbie Dingell speak and present the museum with three casings from the 21 gun salute remembering veteran Congressman John Dingell at the Lincoln Park Memorial Day Parade on May 19, 2019. We also would like to thank Mayor Karnes, State Representative Cara Clemente, and Ilona Varga (Wayne County Commissioner) for their attendance of today’s ceremony.

City of Lincoln Park
11/11/2019

City of Lincoln Park

Attending the Veteran Service at the Historical Museum today was USMC Vietnam Vet Gerry Blessing. First photo was of him in Vietnam. He has the octopus on his helmet and second photo is Gerry today. We thank Gerry and all Veterans from Lincoln Park. Also pictured is the Purple Heart awarded posthumously to Charles Boal who was killed over Tokyo April 14, 1945

Thanks to Curator Jeff Day for the program on a snowy day. US Rep Debbie Dingell, State Rep Cara Clemente and Wayne County Commissioner Ilona Varga were in attendance. Although everyone was given the option to stay inside. All chose to go outside and ring the bell in honor of those who served.

We are still planning to hold the outdoor ceremony on Veterans Day Monday November 11th, to honor our community's vetera...
11/09/2019

We are still planning to hold the outdoor ceremony on Veterans Day Monday November 11th, to honor our community's veterans beginning at 11:00 A.M. with the Lincoln Park High School JROTC Color Guard and closing with the traditional bell-ringing ceremony. The forecast is looking at possibly very cold with snow, so please dress for the weather (think Thanksgiving Day parade). Following the ceremony the museum will have an indoor reception with coffee and pastries to warm you.

We are excited to share with the public our program on Wednesday, November 13th featuring a talk by Cranbrook's Center f...
11/04/2019

We are excited to share with the public our program on Wednesday, November 13th featuring a talk by Cranbrook's Center for Collections and Research Director, Greg Wittkopp. Greg will give a video presentation on the Lincoln Park Post Office mural originally installed here in the building (now our museum) in 1940. The mural was created by Hungarian-born artist Zoltan Sepeshy, who was a Cranbrook instructor at the time. Please see the flyer and news release posted here for more information on the presentation.

As promised in the November newsletter, here is a list of the Lincoln Park business names/advertisers that are embossed ...
11/04/2019

As promised in the November newsletter, here is a list of the Lincoln Park business names/advertisers that are embossed on the card table's leatherette top. The folding wooden table was discovered while cleaning and organizing the basement level of the museum.

The Lincoln Park V.F.W. Post 552 sold ad spaces for placement on the top of this card table, produced in 1948.
While it's likely that some of you may have memories of these old Lincoln Park places, most of the more than 50 ads reference businesses that are no longer existing. Enjoy browsing through the list:

Lincoln Park Launderette 1464 Fort St.
Ritzee Hamburgers Drive In 1155 Fort Street, corner Montie
Vencel Brothers Garage 1165 Fort Street
Nixon Funeral Chapel [phone]
Lincoln Floral Gardens 1843 White St
Wally’s Flower Shop 2731 S. Fort near Visger [Detroit]
Lincoln Park Cartage 1357 Marion
Plywood Cupboard Doors made to Order R. Eckert [phone]
Carrie’s Drive In 1933 Dix at Outer Drive [Melvindale?]
Balog’s Hardware 1477 Dix
Bluebird Café 1617 Dix
Arcade Cleaners 1282 Dix
Red’s Friendly Service S. Fort and W. Outer Drive
Jack Johns Men’s Wear 1761 Fort Street
McKelvey’s Sweet Shop 3819 Fort St.
O.K. Shoe Repair 1110 Southfield near Electric [business is still there!]
Lincoln Park Cement Block Company 1080 Southfield
DeShaw & Moning Inc., Studebaker 2256 Fort Street
Halligan’s Hardware 1329-29 Fort Street
Lincoln Park Fruit Market 1562 S. Fort Street
Christine’s Fashionable Woman’s Apparel 1678 Fort Street
Lincoln Park Upholstery 1763 Fort Street
Wexler Cleaners 1170 Fort Street
Nemeth Variety Shop 1105 Dix
Sully’s Furs 1767 Fort Street at Southfield
Scotty Gall’s Fish & Chips 1412 Southfield
Gerhardt Shoe Repair 1667 S. Fort Street
Hymie’s Beer Store Fort Street, corner Euclid
Pete’s Watch Shop 1679 Fort Street
Park Sporting Goods 2019 S. Fort St near Southfield
Clemente’s Bar, Fine Foods 2230 Fort Street
Norton Pharmacy 1632 Fort Street, corner Warwick
Lincoln Park Radiator Repair 931 Fort Street near Outer Drive
Al Radtke’s Hi-Speed Service 1018 Southfield
Lincoln Linen Shop 1757 Fort Street
Martin Bros. Garage 827 Southfield Rd
Beer Store, corner Cicotte and Marion
Vi’s Beauty Salon 11390 W. Jefferson (River Rouge)
Larson’s Show Bar 1158 Fort Street near Outer Drive
Anna Glomb Beauty Shop [phone]
Katner & Livernois Hi-Speed Products 2256 Fort Street
Joe Lorinez First Class Shoe Repair 1178 So. Fort
Winfred L. Crowley Insurance 1624 Fort Street
Outdoor Supply war surplus 1273 Southfield at Fort St.
Park Sweet Shop 1570 Fort Street
Park Tower Restaurant 1275 Southfield
“Cooties” Cracked Pots No. 39, meets the first Saturday in every month
“Overseas Veterans” Join the Veterans of Foreign Wars B.V. Goodell Post No. 552
Compliments of Arthur P. Zirkoloso [the mayor of LP from 1931-1935]
This spot reserved for George De Vos Quartermaster of Post No. 552 1948
Attend Your VFW Bingo Parties Every Friday Night
Compliments of H.J. Oliver, President, Metropolitan Service Officers Association VFW 1948
Compliments of Past Presidents Martha LeBron 1945 and Louise Kile 1947
Compliments of Harold Oliver, Commander V.F.W. Post 582,
and Blanch Oliver, Department Hospital Chairman 1948
Benjamin V. Goodell V.F. W. Post 552 Officers 1948
Paul Cunningham, Commander
Burton Howie, Sr. Vice Commander
Mel Eckert, Jr. Vice Commander
John Thomson, Adjutant
Compliments of Past Commanders, Post 552, V.F.W.
Bill Meteer - 1932
Bill DeLouira - 1936
Duffy Mack - 1939
Jay Rasey - 1941
Compliments of Past Commanders, Post 552, V.F.W.
Michael Novotney - 1943
Richard Harris - 1944
Arthur P. Pomaville 1945-46
William Steiger 1947

Address

1335 Southfield Rd
Lincoln Park, MI
48146

Opening Hours

Wednesday 13:00 - 18:00
Saturday 13:00 - 18:00

Telephone

(313) 386-3137

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Lincoln Park High School Class of 1970 Antique Appraisal Day Coming to the Lincoln Park Historical Museum Saturday, May 2, 2020 How many times have you wondered how much grandmother's tea set is worth? How about the framed print you bargained for at a garage sale? Detroit's DuMouchelle antique appraisers are coming to the Lincoln Park Historical Museum Saturday, May 2, 2020. What an excellent opportunity to get from experts the details and value of an heirloom. Saturday, May 2, 2020 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Lincoln Park Historical Museum 1335 Southfield Road, Lincoln Park, Michigan DuMouchelle Art Gallery appraisers will evaluate antiques and family treasures giving people verbal appraisals. APPOINTMENTS REQUIRED CALL SUE -734-424-9998 TWO ITEMS PER 15 MINUTE APPOINTMENT $8.00 FEE PER ITEM APPRAISED. Proceeds Support Lincoln Park Historical Museum & Lincoln Park High School 50th 1970 Class Reunion. On the day of the event direct questions to the Museum at: 313-386-3137.
Commercial building for lease. Still available.
The Downriver Genealogical Society Library has found a new home in the Flat Rock School Administration Building. Thank you Lincoln Park Historical Museum for being our very first library location and supporting our work.
Back in the day, Sears sold homes from their catalog. One of these homes offered was named The Starlight and an example of one can be found at 1406 Reo - do note that it has an unsightly second story addition!
I need to identify the fellow on the right, in the Lions cap and coat, from the WWI Remembrance bell ringing at the Historical Society today. I know Councilman Larry Kelsey is on the left in the brown coat. Thank you!
Here's the new postcard design for LP museum's upcoming Lyn Osborn exhibit. Opening mid-November. Stop in if you'd like to help distribute these.
Is there going to be a Tucker at the museum for the closing of the Tucker exhibit?
I have several bricks from Clemente's that I grabbed, with permission, when the building was torn down. If you would be interested in having one, I would not mind donating one to the museum. Thanks.