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December 06, 2012 - Image 26

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2012-12-06

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Detroit Historical Museum re-opens
to show off new and enhanced exhibits.


gala event Nov. 17 hosted by the Detroit Historical
Society marked the beginning of festivities leading
up to the official re-opening of the Detroit Historical
Museum on Nov. 23.
Aside from live entertainment by the Contours and food
themed to Detroit and Michigan, the 375 patrons enjoyed first
glimpses of the new spaces and exhibits at the museum as well as
old favorites, such as Streets of Old Detroit and America's Motor
City, that have been lovingly enhanced through the Society's
$20.1 million "Past>Forward" campaign.
Highlights included the fabulous, new Allesee Gallery of
Culture, a circular exhibit at the entry to the museum that takes
visitors back to highlights and icons from Detroit's history. For
example, relive the Tigers' 1984 World Championship season.
Another new gallery is Detroit: "The Arsenal of Democracy" that
explores the ways Detroit shaped the outcome of World War II.
The Gallery of Innovation is a new space that celebrates Detroit's
innovators and problem-solvers.
Interactivity has been stepped up throughout. In Kid Rock's
Music Lab you can mix your own tune or feel what it's like to be
on stage like a rock star. In the Gallery of Innovation, you can
create your own soft drink, inspired by Faygo and Vernor's.
Overall, the new features mesh well with the older exhibits,
providing history in ways that appeal to all ages. During the 55.5
hours the museum was open Nov. 23-25 for its re-opening week-
end, just less than 15,000 visitors toured the museum.

Bob Bury, executive director and CEO, Detroit Historical
Society, with Ronit Marom and Joel Jacob, both of West
Bloomfield, and Dulcie Rosenfeld and Mary Lou Zieve, both of
Bloomfield Hills

Dr. Lewis and Leslye Rosenbaum of West Bloomfield,
Cathy and Jim Deutchman of Franklin

Lisa and Hannan Lis of
Farmington Hills

Ann and Robert Greenstone of Bloomfield Hills
with a 1911 Ford Model T

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