Lincoln Park Historical Museum

Lincoln Park Historical Museum The Museum collects materials - artifacts, documents, photographs, et al, for exhibit and archival purposes - which help to tell the story of the community.
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We are located in the historic Depression-era Post Office building, erected 1938-1939.

Operating as usual

Please join with us on Saturday May 22 at 12 noon for our annual Memorial Bell Ringing ceremony on the grounds of the hi...
05/15/2021

Please join with us on Saturday May 22 at 12 noon for our annual Memorial Bell Ringing ceremony on the grounds of the historical museum. Each year we take this moment to remember and honor those from our community who gave their lives in service to our country, and those who had served and have since passed away. The traditional ringing of the old Goodell School bell is one way of bringing our community together.
The ceremony will close with the dedication of newly-installed paver stones in the Lincoln Park Heritage Plaza.
While the museum has not yet reopened to the public we do have plans to be open by the end of June with a special Centennial anniversary exhibit. Please check back at this page for more information upcoming.

Please check out the recent tour of the historical museum conducted by Mayor Tom Karnes and museum curator Jeff Day with...
04/28/2021
Virtual Tour of Lincoln Park Historical Museum

Please check out the recent tour of the historical museum conducted by Mayor Tom Karnes and museum curator Jeff Day with filming and editing by Don Bilinski. Our great thanks to all of these folks for their work on this project. The video can be seen on the City of Lincoln Park YouTube channel.
We hope we can open our museum doors again to the public before long. Meanwhile we do accomodate appointments for individual visits - contact 313-386-3137 or [email protected].

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmQwqW2d19Q

2021 Virtual Tour of the Lincoln Park Historical Museum.

We need the help of Lincoln Parkers of past generations -  specifically in helping to identify a bit of an oddity among ...
04/05/2021

We need the help of Lincoln Parkers of past generations - specifically in helping to identify a bit of an oddity among our collections. Take a look at this photo and you will see what we mean. Records, and most local folks, tell us that Huff Jr. High school opened in 1960, in the old LP High School building on Lafayette when the newly built high school opened on Champaign Rd. that same year. We're trying to find out why there could have been a school body (location a mystery) that was called Huff Jr High Class of 1957. We think that anyone pictured in this photo, who appear to be 8th or 9th graders, would have the answer to this question -- If you have any helpful information or know anyone in this photo who might know, we greatly appreciate your contacting us. Thank You!

We need the help of Lincoln Parkers of past generations - specifically in helping to identify a bit of an oddity among our collections. Take a look at this photo and you will see what we mean. Records, and most local folks, tell us that Huff Jr. High school opened in 1960, in the old LP High School building on Lafayette when the newly built high school opened on Champaign Rd. that same year. We're trying to find out why there could have been a school body (location a mystery) that was called Huff Jr High Class of 1957. We think that anyone pictured in this photo, who appear to be 8th or 9th graders, would have the answer to this question -- If you have any helpful information or know anyone in this photo who might know, we greatly appreciate your contacting us. Thank You!

A while ago we posted information about the Lincoln Park Heritage Plaza paver project which this year has a deadline of ...
04/04/2021

A while ago we posted information about the Lincoln Park Heritage Plaza paver project which this year has a deadline of April 17th for orders. This is a reminder of that upcoming date. This year's engraved pavers will also serve to commemorate the Centennial Anniversary of Lincoln Park's original incorporation in 1921. The order form is attached here for the convenience of any who might like to participate in this year's special commemoration. You can also contact us with any questions at 313-386-3137; [email protected]. The new pavers will be dedicated on the museum grounds at our annual Memorial Bell Ringing Ceremony on Saturday May 22.

Happy Spring! 🌷 We are thrilled to announce the launching of the museum and historical society’s redesigned website that...
03/20/2021
Lincoln Park Historical Society, Home

Happy Spring! 🌷 We are thrilled to announce the launching of the museum and historical society’s redesigned website that went live today! We are so grateful to volunteer designer and webmaster Emily Solomon for sharing her expertise and for all of her hard work on this project over these past months. Check out the link below!

The Historical Society of Lincoln Park, Michigan. We have interesting materials about the early French and German settlers and much about early Ecorse Township. These items are displayed with pride at the Lincoln Park Historical Museum.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO today, March 11, 1921, the good citizens of Ecorse Township travelled to their nearby polling prec...
03/11/2021

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO today, March 11, 1921, the good citizens of Ecorse Township travelled to their nearby polling precincts. It was a partly cloudy day with temperatures in the low 40s according to the Detroit Free Press for that date. They were being entrusted - for women voters it was with a newly-guaranteed right - to decide whether or not to allow a new municipality to be created in their township.
The proposed name of this creation was to be "Lincoln Park"; the name had recently been adopted by an organization titled the Lincoln Park Improvement Association, made up of a group of civic-minded folks who were leading the effort towards incorporation. This use of 'Lincoln Park' had stemmed from the very first named subdivisions in the area: Lincoln Park No. 1 and Lincoln Park No. 2. Their effort was made successful by the vote of 1561 to 1077 in favor of the incorporation of the Village of Lincoln Park. That milestone is what we are celebrating today!
This vote then set in motion the election of a Charter Commission, and the creation of a Village Charter subject to review and approval by the State of Michigan and Governor Alex Groesbeck. The Charter was approved by the State on June 3 and adopted on June 28, 1921. The Village of Lincoln Park was born at the dawn of the Roaring Twenties!
The photographs here show the description of the village's legal boundaries at incorporation as contained within the charter [Pepper Road is today Outer Drive; Raupp Road indicates what is today the stretch of Dix Road between Outer Drive and Oakwood - note that Raupp Road still exists between Oakwood and Schaefer; St Cosme Road is today Southfield Road). Lincoln Park's boundaries would expand a bit in ensuing years.
Also see posted here the Winter newsletter for the L.P. Historical Society and Museum which shares a bit more of this early story.

Check out our current newsletter!
03/01/2021

Check out our current newsletter!

As we soon begin to emerge into spring, our thoughts are turning toward warmer weather, being outdoors, and enjoying act...
02/28/2021

As we soon begin to emerge into spring, our thoughts are turning toward warmer weather, being outdoors, and enjoying activities at a safe distance as the world yet struggles with the Covid-19 pandemic and a staggering rate of death and sickness. Health experts, however, say that by summer things will be much improved. Right now we are still in winter, and the museum 's Winter newsletter will be posted right here in the next day or two.
One of the first items on our list for 2021 is to accept orders for the Lincoln Park Heritage Plaza pavers. This year's installation of new pavers is scheduled to be dedicated at noon on Saturday May 22 on the museum grounds. Also this year, we are adding an engraved line at the top of each square paver to commemorate Lincoln Park's Centennial with the words "CENTENNIAL 2021", leaving five remaining lines for text. The cost for the 8x8 inch square paver has been reduced for this year to $125 from $150. An order form is attached here for anyone interested. You can also contact us with any questions. The DEADLINE for turning in orders is Saturday, April 17th. Completed forms can be mailed with payment (to Lincoln Park Historical Museum) to the museum address 1335 Southfield Lincoln Park 48146

12/20/2020
"A Christmas Song", written by Mel Torme, is performed on QRS piano roll No. 9934, created by pianist Dick Watson; with the valuable assistance of museum staffer Robert French doing the all-important leg work on the museum's Strohber player piano.

"A Christmas Song", written by Mel Torme, is performed on QRS piano roll No. 9934, created by pianist Dick Watson; with the valuable assistance of museum staffer Robert French doing the all-important leg work on the museum's Strohber player piano.

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11/08/2020

Check out our latest newsletter!

Plans are in place to hold the annual Lincoln Park Veterans Day ceremony on the grounds of the museum, 1335 Southfield R...
11/04/2020

Plans are in place to hold the annual Lincoln Park Veterans Day ceremony on the grounds of the museum, 1335 Southfield Road, on Wednesday, November 11th at 11:00 a.m. The event is held each year to both honor and remember those men and women from our community who have nobly served our country in times of war and peace. We will conclude the ceremony with the traditional bell ringing ceremony where visitors may ring the Goodell school bell to honor a loved one.

We will be observing precautions in place for public gatherings held during the Coronavirus pandemic. Attendees are required to social distance (family units excepted) and to wear a face mask in consideration of current public health guidelines. Lincoln Park's city officials will be led by Mayor Tom Karnes. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell is also scheduled to appear.

Street and lot parking is available. The museum building will not be open that day; we will gather on the grounds by the Heritage Plaza, near the flagpole and the Goodell School bell. Please see the flyer posted here.

Greetings!  After several months of forced inactivity, the Lincoln Park Historical Museum and Society has issued a Summe...
07/24/2020

Greetings! After several months of forced inactivity, the Lincoln Park Historical Museum and Society has issued a Summer Newsletter - our first since February - seen here. We aim to bring our members and friends up to date with our status as the U.S. enters a fifth month of the Covid-19 Pandemic and related social restrictions and safety precautions.

The museum remains closed to the general public for now. As you will see in the newsletter, Lincoln Park Historical Society members may access the museum privately by appointment only and by following new protocols. This is a safe way for us to thank those who support us financially. Anyone who would like to become a member can contact us by phone or email: 313-386-3137, [email protected], or by messaging us here on our FB page. (Rates are indicated in the newsletter.)

We thank everyone for their patience, and hope all are enjoying a safe and healthy summer.

The Lincoln Park Historical Society & Museum sends greetings to everyone on this holiday weekend, with the hope that you...
05/24/2020

The Lincoln Park Historical Society & Museum sends greetings to everyone on this holiday weekend, with the hope that you are all well and keeping out of harms way during this difficult pandemic period.

This weekend we take time to remember all those who have selflessly served and sacrificed for our country in times of great conflict and turmoil. In particular this year, we turn to honor our tireless health care professionals and the army of essential workers who offer their best to help and protect us during this once in a lifetime health crisis, often at great personal risk and for many making the ultimate sacrifice.

On Monday, Memorial Day, you can join in watching the city of Lincoln Park Memorial Day ceremony. Due to the pandemic having placed safety restrictions on public movement and spaces, the ceremony was filmed earlier with a small number of civic leaders led by Mayor Tom Karnes in Memorial Park. The filmed Memorial Day ceremony will be viewable on Monday May 25 at the City of Lincoln Park YouTube channel. (The channel is easily accessible at the city's website home page by clicking on the YouTube icon in the upper right corner.) In time, the city will arrange for a formal public ceremony when it is safer to do so.

An important part of the ceremony was the dedication of the names added to the war memorial: U.S. Navy seaman Clyde V. Liedel, age 18, was killed in the sinking of the USS Bunker Hill by the Japanese during the Battle of Okinawa in May 1945. Seaman Liedel's body was never recovered and given proper burial, and his service went unrecognized in the community for over 70 years. In addition, the name plate for a World War II soldier whose name was misspelled has been corrected: Athrian M. Vaughan.

Three soldiers lost in the Vietnam War have been added to the memorial: Thomas W. Bickford, Eli W. Nichols and Richard L. Rushlow; these names had been omitted from the monument for more than four decades. (Their names are however among those inscribed on the Vietnam War wall memorial in Washington D.C.)

We are pleased that each of these men who sacrificed are now after so many years being rightfully honored.

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
Official Website of Lincoln Park, Michigan

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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My great uncle was Reginald Rockwell Huff, he was my maternal grandfather's younger brother and he lived on Liberty in Lincoln Park. I have a plague that was presented to him in grateful appreciation for twenty years of service to the children of the citizens of Lincoln Park as a member of the Lincoln Park Board of Education 1949-1969. I also have a Certificate of Appreciation from the Lincoln Park Police Department and the Lincoln Park Commission of Public Safety for his dedicated and faithful service as a public safety commissioner from April of 1977 to January of 1981. And a Service Award from the Lincoln Park Council of Parent Teacher Associations in grateful recognition of service to the schools and community in whose honor a contribution has been made to the Leo W. Huff Teacher Scholarship Fund by the Lincoln Park Council of Parent Teachers Associations. Dated February 7, 1967. Would you be interested in them for the museum? I can send photos of them if you'd like to see them. You can email me at [email protected].
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.