GPHS Moorings Newsletters - page 59

More than 1000 people from our community came to visit “Gateway to
Knowledge,” the Library of Congress’ traveling exhibit which was parked
outside of the Grosse Pointe Historical Society’s Provencal-Weir House
last December.
Housed in a specially-designed 18-wheel truck, the exhibit features
facsimiles of many of the Library of Congress’ top treasures and information
about the millions of resources in the Library’s collection. It is staffed and
driven by two docents well-versed in the Library and its collections, parks
at various universities, libraries, community centers and other public venues.
The GPHS held a VIP ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, December 17,
to open the exhibit, which was open to the public free of charge through
Saturday, December 18.The GPHS was one of only a few stops in Michigan.
Valentines Day Party
Pointes of History
CelebrationMay 10
“This was the third and best Valentines Cooking
Demonstration Dinner Party,” said Cordier. “It was such
a great event. Very personal. Everyone was in the mood
to have a special evening.”
The Valentines evening held
on February 11, 2011 at the
Provencal-Weir House was
filled with culinary delights
and musical merriment. As the
twenty plus guests arrived they
were greeted with sparkling
Prosecco and Italian antipasti
platters. Chef Doug Cordier
did a demonstration on how to
cook spicy jumbo shrimp sauté
and classic Veal Marsala.
Mark Garmo from Village
Market hosted a wine tasting
event and chocolate truffles
followed the meal. The
evening was topped off with
Jack McCormick playing
romantic love songs on the
piano. People were singing
and dancing the night away.
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“Each house has its own fascinating
story to tell starting with who originally
built it, how it changed over the years, or
why it hasn’t changed,” Jakub said.
Plaques number 72, 73 and 74 will be
awarded at the May 10 event. Current
owners of the homes have been invited
to accept the plaques which will be
mounted on their homes. A slide show
will feature pictures of homes and
buildings that have previously received
plaques since the program was started by
GPHS in 1987. Many owners of homes
that previously received plaques attend
the Celebration event.
A wine and cheese reception will follow
the historic plaque presentation program.
The GPHS annual Christmas Party Celebration was held on Friday, December 3,
2010, at the Provencal-Weir House.This free event was our way of saying “thank
you” to our members and community for their continued support.The house was
full of joyful members and guests for punch, sweets and caroling. Our Christmas
tree was decorated with Helga Liedtke’s ornaments
made by her sister in Germany. LaBelle’s Country
Store was open and Penny Soby was busy at the
cash register all night. Hors d’oeuvres were
passed around and a lovely punch was served.
Izzy Donnelly started the evening playing
Christmas Carols on the piano as many of our
guests sang in merriment. Jack McCormick
continued the Christmas spirit on the piano
with his colorful playing and by the end of the
evening our guests did not want to leave. It was
a delightful way to start the Christmas season.
Christmas Party
Library of Congress Traveling
Exhibit Draws Crowds
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