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Non Profit Org
U.S. Postage
Detroit, MI
Permit No. 1387
FALL 2009
Dr. Frank Bicknell Lecture Series
Published by the
Grosse Pointe Historical Society
381 Kercheval Avenue
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236
(313) 884-7010
(313) 884-7699 FAX
Web site:
Tues. & Wed: 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m., 1:30-4 p.m.
Bill Kennedy: Inside the Fabulous Files
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Grosse PointeWar Memorial, 32 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Farms
Lawrence Baranski, Director of Public Programs at the Detroit Institute Arts, will present a program relating to long
time Grosse Pointe resident, Bill Kennedy.
Willard “Bill” Kennedy was a Hollywood actor, voice artist, and host of the long-running Windsor and Detroit based
television show “Bill Kennedy at the Movies”.This local TV icon’s program first appeared on CKLW-TV in Windsor and
then on WKBD in Detroit, running from 1956 through 1983. In 1985 Kennedy donated his Fabulous Files to the Detroit
Institute of Arts’ film department, more than 10,000 photographs and other ephemera spanning eighty years of American
film history.The talk will be illustrated with numerous rare images taken from this collection, as well as a look at Kennedy’s
relentless collection of minute film facts.
The Guardian Building: Cathedral of Finance
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Grosse PointeWar Memorial, 32 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Farms
Co-sponsored by the Grosse Pointe Historical Society, Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, Grosse Pointe War Memorial
and Wayne State University Press.
James W. Tottis, former Associate Curator of American Art at the Detroit Institute of Arts and
Professor in the Humanities Department at Wayne State University, will present a program relating to
his book,
The Guardian Building: Cathedral of Finance
and the Grosse Pointe residents behind the
company that created this work of art.
Perhaps the most recognizable structure erected during the 1920’s in Detroit was the Union Trust Building, now known
as the Guardian Building. The expressive Gothic-inspired elements, bright orange brick facade,
and brightly colored ceramic accents immediately set it apart from the surrounding buildings. The interior is similarly
extravagant, with a lobby ceiling made entirely of multicolored tiles, walls and floors accented by exotic marbles, and
platinum-colored Monel metal elevator doors, gates, and handrails.
Sanders Confectionery
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Grosse PointeWar Memorial, 32 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Farms, 7:30 pm
Greg Tasker, former Detroit News Editor and Reporter and widely published freelance
writer, will present a program relating to his book,
Sanders Confectionery.
For more than 130 years, there has been no sweeter word in Metro Detroit than Sanders.
The venerable confectioner was once as much a part of Southeastern Michigan as the
Big Three, J. L. Hudson’s department store, and Coney Island. A Detroit icon, it served a
fountain of memories for generations. At its peak, the company boasted more than 50
stores, including a Grosse Pointe store, which closed its original location in the 1990s -
only to reopen down the street to continue creating memories for the new millennium.
I was recently found in the
archives. Please let the staff
know if you recognize me.
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