We are in the midst of the Olympic games, which always make me think of what a Detroit-hosted Olympics would look like. Could we do it? What venues would host the different events? Would it be contained in the city, or would some events be in the suburbs? Would we be best suited for the summer or winter games? Continue reading
I’ve been spending more time lately contributing to other blogs besides this one. I debated about just publishing this one here, but it’s Redford and we really needed some content for the Historical Commission’s website!
You may know what archives are and what an archivist is, in an abstract sense. But what are they, exactly? Archives can exist in a business, organization, nonprofit, federal, state, or municipal government, a university, historical society, museum, or for just a single individual. Archives contain the documents created by and relating to these entities which have enduring value. They can be used by researchers in creating histories, genealogists documenting their family trees, people needing practical information such as where exactly their property line is, are they entitled to certain benefits, the location of miners trapped in a collapsed tunnel, or an understanding of our present with that ever important connection to the past. Continue reading
I wrote this blog post for the Redford Township Historical Commission about the namesake of my elementary school – check it out!
On display now – highlights from Bulman Elementary School. During the 1940s and 1950s, enrollment in Redford Union Schools increased significantly. In 1945, the school board purchased a lot f…
Source: Who was Hubert B. Bulman?
This is LIS Mental Health Week. For those not in the library/archives profession, LIS = Library and Information Science. It is the name of the most common masters degree required for (more or less) gainful employment in the field.
I hesitated to jump in the conversation with my personal story because I’ve considered the depression and anxiety I’ve experienced to be mild. I have not suffered nearly as much as many people I know (in real life or the internet). However, it has impacted my professional life, and I decided it is probably better to have more voices and perspectives out there. I will share what has helped me, though my advice for anyone experiencing mild depression is not new or novel. But I know from experience that you can hear advice multiple times before it actually hits. Sometimes you have to be in the right place in order to really take something to heart. So maybe someone will find it useful. Continue reading
In her preface to Chronicles Of The Photographs Of Spiritual Beings, Georgiana Houghton refers to the photographs she collected thusly, “I send them forth in full assurance that they carry a weight of evidence as to the substantiality of spirit beings far transcending any other form of mediumship.” The year was 1881, and Spiritualism was reaching its peak. Continue reading
You may have heard that Detroit is coming back. While that is true to varying degrees, a large portion of the rehabbed or about-to-be-rehabbed buildings now belong to one of two very rich and (presumably) very powerful families. At least one building, however, has been rehabbed by smaller business owners. Continue reading