GPHS Moorings Newsletters - page 201

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2006 Second Saturday Pastimes
Come to the Provencal-Weir House, c. 1823, on the
second Saturday of each month during the Grosse
Pointe Historical Society’s open-house tours from 1 to
4 p.m. and also enjoy the following offerings. For all
ages.
January 14 A One-room Schoolhouse Experience.
Teacher Bill Schwedler will take you back in time to
1900. All ages welcome.
February 11 Old Time Photos.
Bring your sweetheart,
yourself or your whole family. Dress yourself or use
our old fashioned dress-up closet and sit for an Old
Time Sepia photo in the Provencal-Weir House,
c.1823. Speedi Photo Portrait Studio will be taking the
photographs. *A sitting fee of $25 includes one black
and white sepia 8 x 10 photograph. The sitting fee
benefits the GPHS.
March 11 Make, Taste and Learn the history of French
Chocolate Molding with Carol Milligan.
April 8 Learn all about the History and Tradition of
Afternoon Tea with Cyndee Harrison.
Put on your
Easter bonnet and enjoy homemade biscuits and jam.
May 13 Glorious Gardens of Old Grosse Pointe with Mil
Anthony.
Learn about the flora and fauna of old Grosse
Pointe and view photo exhibit of Gardens of Grosse
Pointe’s past.
June 10 A One-room Schoolhouse Experience celebrating
200 years of Hans Christian Anderson
.
Teacher
Marguerite Humes will take you back in time. Learn
about Hans Christian Anderson.
July 8 Celebrate Bastille Day with an Old fashioned Ice
Cream Social with Cyndee Harrison
.
French folk music
will entertain us while we play lawn games.
August 12 Feast of St. Clare.
Celebrate the anniversary
of the naming of Lake St. Clair with a mini-encamp-
ment at the Provencal-Weir House. Enjoy storytelling,
crafts and games with Paul Ignagni and friends.
September 9 Tour de Grosse Pointe by bike and learn
your local historical sites with tour guide Stewart
McMillin
.
Begins promptly at 1 p.m. at 376 Kercheval,
Grosse Pointe Farms. You must be able to keep up
with the group as we will have a lot on our schedule!
October 14 Old Time Photos.
Wear your own costume
or use our dress-up closet and sit for an Old Time
Photo in the Provencal-Weir House, c.1823. Speedi
Photo Portrait Studio will be taking the photographs. A
sitting fee of $25. includes one black and white sepia 8
x 10 photograph. The sitting fee benefits the GPHS.
November Legends of the Fall.
Paul Ignagni shares tradi-
tions, legends and ways of life for Michigan Native
Americans of early Grosse Pointe.
December 9 Christmas Traditions in Grosse Pointe with
Sandy Marhoff
.
Learn about simple but meaningful
celebrations of old.
The Alfred B. and Ruth S. Moran Legacy
On September 2, the Society hosted a reception to pay
tribute to the legacy of Ruth and Al Moran. Their chil-
dren, Tom and Sarah Moran Martin and Jeff Moran, their
grandchildren and many friends of the Society and the
Grosse Pointe Memorial Church and Grosse Pointe Farms
Foundation were there. The Society was presented with a
check for $90,000 from the Morans, which was left as
part of a charitable remainder trust. The Morans were
involved with the Society’s mission of preserving Grosse
Pointe’s history. To honor their commitment, the
resource center has been renamed the Alfred B. and Ruth
S. Moran Resource Center.
It was especially fitting that the reception was held at the
Provencal-Weir House, c. 1823, since Al was instrumental
in the restoration of the house. He was a hands-on histo-
ry buff who led the restoration of the exterior. Ruth was a
teacher and her love of learning and of books was well-
known among Society members. She attached great
importance to the resource center and all its treasures.
Frank J. Sladen, Jr. 1920-2005
Grosse Pointe lost one of its great leaders with the pass-
ing of Frank J. Sladen, Jr. in October. His steadfast leader-
ship as president of the Society from 1982-1984 and his
dedication as a trustee for many years have left an indeli-
ble mark. We would not be where we are today without
his involvement and direction. He is pictured above at
the 60
th
Anniversary Party held last summer where he
received the Society’s Bronze Historical Marker for his
historic importance both to the Society and the commu-
nity at large.
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