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The researchers at the Grosse Pointe Historical Society
help members with genealogical questions. Some of the
tools that are regularly used are the
Polk City Directory
and
The Social Secretary.
We are missing the following editions of
The Social
Secretary
for 1925, 1926, 1929, 1933, 1938, 1939 and 1942.
Currently, we are looking for any editions of the
Polk
City Directory.
Books may be dropped at the Moran Resource Center
at 381 Kercheval.
Grosse Pointe Historical
Research
Grosse Pointe is a community of many transformations.
Today, it is known as an affluent suburb of Detroit, but
Native Americans were the first inhabitants of this haven
on the water. In the late 1600s, the fertile land, rich forests,
and easy access to water attracted Europeans settlers to the
region. And, as neighboring Detroit began to prosper, the
allure of Grosse Pointe’s lakefront drew weekend pleasure-
seekers, then summer
vacationers, and later
permanent residents who
wanted to live on the
shores of Lake St. Clair.
Throughout this diverse,
fascinating history, one
thing has remained
constant: the character
of the people who call
Grosse Pointe home.
Hardworking,
civic-minded, and
devoted to family and
friends, these individuals
embody the spirit of Grosse
Pointe, a unique community where
generation after generation keeps coming
back to live and play.
Born and raised in Grosse Pointe, Suzy Berschback
has written three other Arcadia books, two of them with
longtime resident Ann Marie Aliotta.They enjoy sharing
the many varied tales of their hometown and have been
known to dig in the archives or attics and say, “We just
have to tell this story!”
The book event is Dec. 21 from 2 to 4 pm at the
Provencal-Weir House, 376 Kercheval info at 313-884-7010
or
Legendary Locals
Tap into children’s creative side at Second Saturday programs
at the Provencal-Weir House.
Each two hour event focuses on a seasonal craft or a simple
kitchen project.
The kitchen projects include dipping pretzels or fruit into
melted chocolates and decorating them to give as gifts to family
and friends. Or the children may be helping with baking simple
recipes. All the projects can become family projects at home.
Seasonally based crafts are selected based on the skill level of
the children and additionally, engage their creativity.These
creations are meant to be displayed in the child’s home. “There is
no better way to involve children in the preparation for the
holiday than to have one of their creations as part of the
decoration,” said Izzy Donnelly, education director.
January 11
No sew fleece pillows.
A winter themed blue fleece pillow
is the craft for January. Children will cut the design, cut and
tie fringe, stuff the pillow, glue the decorations.Their newly
created pillow can be used on the couch in the living room
or their bedrooms.
February 8
The Valentine kitchen project
features strawberries dipped in
white chocolate and then decorated with sprinkles and pink
and red chocolate. It’s not only delicious, but fun, too.The
completed treats will be placed in festive bag wrapped
with Valentine’s ribbon.These will be great for gifts for
grandparents or guests.
March 8
Sew and stuffGrosse Pointe’s native black squirrel.
The third project in our series of sewing stuffed animals
allows children to create a squirrel made from ultra soft
faux fur fabric.
April 12
Create a spring votive candle.
Using real egg shells that
have been prepared ahead of time, children will dye the
shells, melt candle wax, and create a spring votive. As the
candles dry, children will paint wooden egg holders to
complete the project.
May 10
Welcome summer by makingWind Chimes.
Bells, beaded
yarn and a painted dowel are used to create a wind chime
that will delight the family.
These classes are appropriate for children from 7 -10 years
of age. Classes begin at 1 p.m. Registration is required.
Call 313-884-7010 for information.
Second Saturday
Events for 2014
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