GPHS Moorings Newsletters - page 47

Susan Hartz. ................................................President
Jack McCormick.............Vice President-Administration
Stuart Grigg..................... Vice President-Development
Susan Bologna. .....................Vice President-Education
Herman Mozer.................. Vice President-Preservation
Steve Vella. ................................................. Treasurer
Marlene Harle.............................................Secretary
The Grosse Pointe Historical Society
Headquarters, Provencal-Weir House, c. 1823,
376 Kercheval Ave., is open the second Saturday
of each month during special events, and by
The Alfred B. and Ruth S. Moran Resource Center,
381 Kercheval Ave., is open Tuesday and
Wednesday, 10:00 AM–12:30 PM and 1:30–4:00
p.m. for research. Telephone: (313) 884-7010.
Kay Agney
Denis Bouchard
Susan Budrys
Doug Cordier
Doug Dossin
Debbie Graffius
Greg Jakub
Susan Lewandowski
Mary Lighton Shafer
Gail Sidlek
Elizabeth Soby
David Tarrant
Scott Vandemergel
Elizabeth Vogel
Peggy Woodhouse
Director of Education
Izzy Donnelly
Helga Liedtke
Andrea Weyhing
Curator Emeritus
Jean Dodenhoff
Jay Hunter
Moorings Editor
Ann Marie Aliotta
Not Yet a Member? Want to donate?
a convenient way to do both.
Select the link
“Join & Support GPHS.”
We need you!
Consider donating your time to help the Grosse
Pointe Historical Society. We have many volunteer
opportunities, including
Provencal-Weir House tour
guide, sales assistant in La Belle’s Country Store, office
assistant or archivist in the Moran Resource Center,
event assistant, gardener and handyperson.
This is an excellent way to learn about local history
and contribute to our Grosse Pointe heritage.
Call (313) 884-7010 to Volunteer.
Charles Berschback
Patricia R. Colett
Michael Farley
Lisa Mower Gandelot
Nancy Griffin
Stuart Grigg
Ronald C. Lamparter
Herman Mozer
Russell H. Peebles
Thomas E. Singelyn, DDS
Michael Skinner
Gail R. Stroh-Marentette
Honorary Board
Photos taken by
Izzy Donnelly
Izzy’s Corner
Ellie Moran given volunteer award
Longtime GPHS volunteer Ellie Moran
was recently awarded the All Star Volunteer
Award by Services for Older Citizens in a
ceremony at the Grosse Pointe Farms Pier
Park. She received this prestigious award for
volunteering at the Alfred B. and Ruth S.
Moran Resource Center for over 20 years.
We are so lucky to have Ellie!
More than 700 students visit
One-Room School this Spring
Introducing children to the delights of
local history is one of the Grosse Pointe Historical Society’s most important missions.
This year, more children than ever before visited the Provencal-Weir House’s
One-Room School.
In May and June alone, 29 elementary school groups came to the One-Room
School at the Provencal-Weir House. More than 700 passed through the PWH
doors to experience what school might have
been like for Grosse Pointe children
100 years ago!
“My schedule filled up so quickly that I
had to go to one local school to give a Power-
Point presentation to four of their second grade
classes because there were no more spaces
available at the Provencal-Weir House”, said
Izzy Donnelly, the Director of Education.
“The teacher promised to call ahead next
time to book her classes early.” This totaled
33 groups of school children learning the wonderful history of Grosse Pointe and
Pierre and Euphemia Provencal.
“I was just delighted there were so many first time visitors this spring,”Donnelly
added. “The teachers were just amazed at the local history we offer in our program
and how it all ties so closely to their curriculum.They also loved the fact that the
Provencal-Weir House is so close to their schools. Many groups were able to walk
and carry their lunches over their shoulders.”
Full-day classes for third, fourth, and fifth grades offered a spelling bee and
the winner was awarded a vintage toy from LaBelle’s Country Store. “Some of the
children were worried they would not receive anything to take home, but this year I
supplied each student with a log pen or pencil as a ‘thank you’ gesture for visiting the
One-Room School. Many of the teachers commented afterwards how wonderful the
Provencal-Weir House experience was and that the children especially enjoyed the
pencils and pens,”Donnelly said.The Provencal-Weir House visits are open to all the
schools year round. For details go on our website or call Izzy at 313-884-7010.
New volunteers and assistants help at the GPHS.
This summer brought new faces to GPHS. Mary Ridella and Daniel Kubacki
were assistants at Ribbon Farm Days 2011 and were a tremendous help.William
Dawson started at the Resource Center and is helping with digitizing. Michelle
Agosta continues to be valiant in organizing, cataloging and storing our blue prints.
By the new year we hope to have a list of all the blue prints we have in our possession
on our web site.
Izzy Donnelly
Director of Education
Annual Appeal 2010:
Mr. and Mrs. Jon B. Gandelot
Ellie Moran receives her award from
SOC Executive Director Sharon Maier.
The boys love being in the log cabin!
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