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    Explore our collectionMore stories, photos and video of Detroit and Michigan's rich past.
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    Joyrides

    Cruising through the years

    Cruising through the yearsMaybe it's a Motor City thing. While people in other cities were celebrating the end of World War II by dancing and kissing in the streets, these Detroit teenagers celebrate in 1945 by riding around in an automobile. We take a look here at the Detroit pastime of...
    • Joyrides
    • 1 week, 6 days ago
    Michigan History

    Michigan Olympic medalists of the 20th century

    Michigan Olympic medalists of the 20th centuryMagic Johnson of Lansing screams as he lifts the American flag just after receiving his gold medal in 1992 in Barcelona, Spain. The Americans, dubbed "the Dream Team," took home Olympic gold after beating Spain 122-81 in the final. Meet some of Michigan's...
    • Michigan History
    • 2 weeks, 6 days ago
    Michigan History

    Walter O. Briggs, captain of industry, owner of Tigers

    Walter O. Briggs, captain of industry, owner of TigersWalter O. Briggs Sr. rose from humble beginnings in Ypsilanti to wealth and power in two fields: automobile manufacturing and Major League Baseball.
    • Michigan History
    • 3 weeks, 6 days ago
    Life

    Michelle Obama wears U.S. designer Christian Siriano

    Michelle Obama wears U.S. designer Christian Siriano30-year-old designer, 4th season “Project Runway” winner in 2008, has been growing his New York-based brand ever since.
    • Life
    • 1 month ago
    Michigan History

    Dogs in Detroit: From menace to a member of the family

    Dogs in Detroit: From menace to a member of the familyStray dogs were a persistent problem in the 19th century, but pets eventually moved into people’s houses and hearts
    • Michigan History
    • 12 months ago
    Michigan History

    An historical look at dogs

    An historical look at dogsHitching a ride?
    • Michigan History
    • 12 months ago
    Neal Rubin

    Rubin: From the 1930s, Detroit photos in need of words

    Rubin: From the 1930s, Detroit photos in need of wordsReuther Library hopes the elderly subjects of rare pictures can help explain history’s mysteries
    • Neal Rubin
    • 1 month ago
    Michigan History

    Political conventions:pomp and circumstance, turmoil and intrigue

    Political conventions:pomp and circumstance, turmoil and intrigueDelegates crowd the 1912 Democratic Convention in Baltimore. Woodrow Wilson won the Democratic nomination, and the presidency that year. The nominating conventions for U.S. president have been showcases of pomp and unity as well as hotbeds of turmoil and intrigue over...
    • Michigan History
    • 1 month, 1 week ago
    News

    9th Annual Sunrise Run benefits Make-A-Wish

    9th Annual Sunrise Run benefits Make-A-WishNearly 300 runners and walkers take off from the starting line at the 9th Annual Sunrise Run at historic Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan on Sunday, July 10, 2016.
    • News
    • 1 month, 2 weeks ago
    Life

    Edsel & Eleanor Ford, 100 years of love

    Edsel & Eleanor Ford, 100 years of loveEdsel & Eleanor Ford Estate looks back on 100th anniversary of couple with vow renewal, exhibit and statue
    • Life
    • 2 months, 1 week ago
    Michigan History

    Detroit's markets: The early years

    Detroit's markets: The early yearsMerchants and patrons at Detroit's Eastern Market, 1917. By then, Detroit already had a long and colorful history of such commerce, with the first city-owned market starting in 1803. Eastern Market began in 1891.
    • Michigan History
    • 2 months, 1 week ago
    Michigan History

    Jefferson Avenue, Detroit's river road for centuries

    Jefferson Avenue, Detroit's river road for centuriesMen in top hats ride in the American Express Co. Merchants' Dispatch wagon along Jefferson Avenue in the 1860s. The street was named in honor of President Thomas Jefferson. Today it remains Detroit's east-west backbone, following the Detroit River for nearly...
    • Michigan History
    • 2 months, 2 weeks ago
    Michigan History

    Detroit's Soap Box Derby days

    Detroit's Soap Box Derby daysBilly White, the 1941 Detroit Soap Box champion, waves to his fans. The youth racing competition has been held in the U.S. since 1934, with a healthy presence in Metro Detroit.
    • Michigan History
    • 2 months, 3 weeks ago
    Sports

    Muhammad Ali

    Muhammad AliHeavyweight champion Muhammad Ali stands over fallen challenger Sonny Liston, shouting and gesturing, shortly after dropping Liston with a short hard right to the jaw on May 25, 1965, in Lewiston, Maine. The boxing legend died at the age of 74 in the early hours of...
    • Sports
    • 2 months, 3 weeks ago
    Opinion

    Violent secret society plagued 1930s Detroit

    Violent secret society plagued 1930s DetroitUDM professor chronicles the Klan-like group entwined in southeast Mich. society; this excerpt recounts a 1936 murder
    • Opinion
    • 2 months, 3 weeks ago
    News

    DPS students visit Fort Wayne under Obama’s park program

    DPS students visit Fort Wayne under Obama’s park programDPS student Kiy'Anna Nathan, 10, studies the horns and bones of an antelope skull during a presentation by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at historic Fort Wayne on May 31, 2016, as dozens participated in President Obama’s Every Kid in a Park (EKIP)...
    • News
    • 2 months, 3 weeks ago
    Michigan History

    Remembering Negro Leagues baseball

    Remembering Negro Leagues baseballThe Detroit Stars, seen in 1920, were organized in the 1910s and became a charter member of the Negro National League in 1921. Teams in the Negro Leagues were comprised mostly of African-American and sometimes Latin players at a time in the 19th and 20th centuries when...
    • Michigan History
    • 3 months ago
    World

    Hiroshima and Nagasaki remembered

    Hiroshima and Nagasaki rememberedAn allied correspondent standing in the rubble in front of the shell of a building that once was a movie theater in Hiroshima, Japan, Sept. 8, 1945, In a moment seven decades in the making, President Barack Obama this month will become the first sitting American...
    • World
    • 3 months, 1 week ago
    Michigan History

    1968: A tumultous election year

    1968: A tumultous election yearRepublican presidential nominee Richard Nixon raises his arms in victory after accepting his party's nomination at the Republican Convention in Miami, Aug. 8, 1968. Nixon won the general election in November, capping a tumultuous political year. At left is House...
    • Michigan History
    • 3 months, 2 weeks ago
    Michigan History

    Michigan troops and the Spanish-American War

    Michigan troops and the Spanish-American WarMen wash dishes outside a mess tent at Camp Eaton.
    • Michigan History
    • 3 months, 3 weeks ago
    Michigan History

    Detroit's early history in aviation

    Detroit's early history in aviationWilliam E. Scripps, son of the founder of The Detroit News, was the first man in Michigan to own and fly an airplane. Here, he grabs the controls of a Burgess & Curtiss flying boat in 1910. It was built under Wright patents and was a duplicate of the original...
    • Michigan History
    • 3 months, 4 weeks ago
    News

    Architecture tour of Guardian Building is pure Detroit

    Architecture tour of Guardian Building is pure DetroitPure Detroit tour guide Michael Boettcher tells visitors about the 1929 "Aztec deco" Guardian Building during a free architecture tour of the masterpiece hosted by Pure Detroit, which has a store in the lobby of the building on April 24, 2016.
    • News
    • 4 months ago
    Michigan History

    Drinking and dining in old Detroit

    Drinking and dining in old DetroitDetroit News employees are having a swell time at Adams Restaurant in Detroit in 1933. Incidentally, they're drinking Eidelweiss beer, a Chicago brew. Browse this gallery for other glimpses of Detroit drinking and dining scenes through the years.
    • Michigan History
    • 4 months ago
    News

    15th annual Greek Independence Day Parade in Detroit

    15th annual Greek Independence Day Parade in DetroitAnn Stavrou, Shelby Township, carries her granddaughter Ann, 2, as she marches in the parade.
    • News
    • 4 months, 1 week ago
    Michigan History

    Detroit's Cobo Center through the years

    Detroit's Cobo Center through the yearsCobo Conference and Exhibition Center has dominated the heart of downtown Detroit since it opened in 1960. It was built by the city of Detroit and named in honor of former Detroit Mayor Albert Cobo (1950-1957). It is shown here May 20, 1962.
    • Michigan History
    • 4 months, 1 week ago
    News

    NAACP Freedom Fund dinner announcement

    NAACP Freedom Fund dinner announcementDetroit branch NAACP president, the Reverend Wendell Anthony, names former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the keynote speaker for the 61st annual Fight for Freedom Fund dinner during a press conference at NAACP headquarters in Detroit, Mich.
    • News
    • 4 months, 2 weeks ago