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Detroit History Features

James Glenn works at the front counter and lumber desk

Brooks Lumber & Hardware: Building Detroit for over 120 years

Since 1896, the hardware store has sat on the same piece of land in Corktown, outlasting the old streetcar system, Tiger Stadium, and perhaps every other retail business in the city.

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Detroit's chief storyteller: Why the stories of everyday Detroiters matter

The city of Detroit recently created the position of chief storyteller—perhaps the first of its kind in the nation. In a column for Model D, new hire and veteran journalist Aaron Foley writes about his hopes for the job.

Ferreyra in the press's warehouse

Detroit's publishing company: WSU Press marks 75 years of excellence in esoterica

In a world populated by numerous university presses and ever-increasing options for reading material, WSU Press seeks niches that it can truly own. And that's what's allowed it to stay in businesses for 75 years. 

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Michigan's highway: The history of Michigan Avenue, our state's most important road

In the first of a three-part series on Michigan Avenue, we look at the history of the road, from its construction along the Sauk Trail to its recognition as a Historic Heritage Route.

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A cultural history of Metro Detroit, Chapter One: Native Americans

Our new series on Metro Detroit's ethnic and cultural history, written by local writer and historian Mickey Lyons, begins with the first Detroiters, Native Americans.
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