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In the mid-1960s, Ann Arborites
were becoming increasingly con-
cerned about the pressures put on
young people in the area - especially
college students. So in 1965, four area
churches united to form a safe, wel-
coming place for students and youth
to share art and unwind.
So began the folk venue that Ann
Arbor now knows as The Ark.
The Ark didn't begin as a concert
house, though. At first The Ark was
a forum for the discussion of politi-
cal, social and occasionally theologi-
cal issues known as Hill House. It
was housed in a building owned by
the First Presbyterian Church on
Hill Street between South Forest and
Washtenaw avenues.
The churches envisioned the house
as a way to provide University stu-
dents with an alcohol- and drug-free
gathering place, according to The
Ark's website.
Although churches were The Ark's

T HE OR IG INS OF THE A RK
Folk tales
main supporters, there was never
any preaching in Hill House, which
caused some discontent among the
parishioners, according to long-time
manager David Siglin.
As student input gradually moved
The Ark's activities away from dis-
cussion and toward folk music, the
churches became increasingly less
involved, said Siglin, who has man-
aged The Ark for negrly 40 years.
"The churches found fewer and
fewer people who were interested in
The Ark," he said.
The churches also began to divert
their funding away from the venue.
"We just rolled with it," Siglin
said.
In 1984, according to The Ark's
website, the First Presbyterian
Church reclaimed Hill House for its
own use, and the folk music venue
moved to Main Street. Hill House
was demolished two years later.
The Ark took up its current resi-

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dence 1996, and it opened with a
number of well-known performers
including folk singer Greg Brown.
In the more than four decades since
its inception, The Ark has hosted an
enormous number of artists, including
Gilda Radner of Saturday Night Live,
Will Gere of "The Waltons" and Iggy
Pop, who all played there in their early
days.
Siglin cites the Dixie Chicks, Nora
Jones and Diana Krall as a few con-
temporary artists who have played
The Ark.
Although The Ark has undergone
many changes in the 42 years in Ann
Arbor, its mission statement is still
close to its founders' vision.
The statement describes the con-
cert house as "a non-profit organiza-
tion dedicated to the enrichment of
the human spirit" that "provides a
safe and welcoming atmosphere for
all people."
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The Ark has been at its current location at316 S. Main
St. since 1996. The folk venue was founded in 1965 in a
house on Hill Street as a place to discuss social issues.

CRIME NOTES
X-Box, games
stolen from
dorm room
WHERE: Mary Markley Resi-
dence Hall
WHEN: Tuesday at about 9:30
p.m.
WHAT: A student reported
that another student stole his
XBox and two games after
he refused to let him borrow
the system, the Department
of Public Safety reported.
The owner left his room for
about 15 minutes, and when
he returned the items were
missing. Together the Xbox
and games are valued at about
$500.
Recyclables
stolen from Grad
WHERE: Harlan Hatcher

CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES

Graduate Library
WHEN: Tuesday at about 7
a.m.
WHAT: About $5 worth of
redeemable bottles were stolen
from a room, DPS reported.
The theft occurred sometime
overnight. Police have no sus-
pects.
Computer, two
cameras taken
from building
WHERE: Alumni Memorial
Hall, 525 State St.
WHEN: Tuesday at about 8
a.m.
WHAT: A desktop com-
puter and two digital cameras
belongingto the Museum of
Art were stolen overnight, DPS
reported. The items are valued
at $1500. Police said the door
to the building was not prop-
erly secured. Police have no
suspects.

Info session on
careers in
journalism
WHAT: University alum
Geoff Larcom of the Ann
Arbor News will answer
questions about journalism
careers.
WHO: The Career Center
WHEN: Today at from 5 to
7 p.m.
WHERE: Room 3200, Stu-
dent Activities Building
Lecture on
presidential
dinning
WHAT: Historian Barry H.
Landau will discuss his book,
"The President's Table: 200
Years of Dining and Diplo-

macy." The book is about how
social habits and diplomatic
meals have changed in the
White House. A reception
and book signing will follow
his talk.
WHO: Gerald Ford Presi-
dential Library
WHEN: Today at 7:30
WHERE: Gerald Ford Presi-
dential Library, 1000 Beal
Ave.
CORRECTIONS
* The byline of an article
on Page 8B of The Statement
magazine (Making Varsity)
misspelled Mark Giannotto's
name.
* The name of Michael
Kozlowski, the author of a
letter to the editor on Page
4A of yesterday's Daily (Bring
'YouTube' democracy to the air),
was misspelled.
. Please report any error
in the Daily to correc-
tions@michigandaily.com.

Pedestrians are 22-times
more likely to be killed by
cars on nights with a new
moon - when the moon isn't
visible - than on nights with
a full moon, according to a
study by University researchers
released yesterday.
It took seven years and
$158 million to renovate
the Detroit Dnstitute of
Arts, which will reopen Friday,
Nov. 23. The renovation added
57,650 square feet of gallery
space.
>FOR MORE, SEE THE B-SIDE
McDonald's plans to add
espresso coffee, smooth-
ies and breakfast burritos
to its menu over the next few
weeks, The Associated Press
reported.

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