History Posts

May 08, 2017
If you know anything about Ypsilanti, you know that the automobile industry is a big part of its history. Guest blogger Emma Schulte shares how you can experience the pivotal role Ypsilanti played in the automotive industry.  Ypsilanti has been home to many memorable automobiles from different ... Read more and see comments!

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Oct 21, 2016
Ypsilanti is full of historic homes, EMU campus buildings, and churches. Keep reading to learn more about the stories behind these beautiful buildings! 1) Brown Chapel AME Church This historic building was home to one of the earliest recognized African American congregations in Michigan. Two lots ... Read more and see comments!

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Jun 30, 2016
Ypsilanti’s name is synonymous with aviation. Home to the historic Willow Run Bomber Plant and Rosie the Riveter, Ypsilanti made tremendous contributions to World War II by producing Liberator Bomber Planes. At the height of production, the Willow Run Bomber Plant produced an aircraft every 60 ... Read more and see comments!

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Jun 29, 2016
From trailblazers like HP Jacobs to remarkable places like the Willow Run Bomber Plant – Ypsilanti is home to a great deal of history. In fact, Ypsilanti is Michigan’s second largest historic district, with approximately 20 percent of the 4.4 square miles designated historic. Many have called ... Read more and see comments!

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May 10, 2016
If you love classic cars, motorcycles, and automotive history – Ypsilanti is the place for you! Located 36 miles away from Detroit, the city of Ypsilanti has a rich history of rear-engines, hatchbacks, hardtops, and more. Keep reading to learn about ways you can worship automotive heritage in Ypsilanti, ... Read more and see comments!

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Apr 15, 2016
Ypsilanti, Michigan takes pride in its history, and you can see that by visiting one (or all) of these six little gems that will take you back in time. Make sure you wear your stretchy pants when you make the rounds. You’ll need to extra wiggle room! 1. Gabriel’s Cheese Steak Hoagies There’s ... Read more and see comments!

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Nov 24, 2015
On a beautiful corner of Ypsilanti’s Highland Cemetery overlooking the Huron River valley is a monument to the soldiers from the city who served, and fell, in the Civil War. Many graves of veterans lie neatly arranged at the foot of the monument. Those veterans are both black and white. This ... Read more and see comments!

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Oct 22, 2015
Ypsilanti’s large and historic African-American community, which dates to before the Civil War, has given much to the region and to the country. Elijah McCoy’s achievements have rightly been praised by his home town, and he is easily the most famous African-American from the city. However, ... Read more and see comments!

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Sep 01, 2015
  This video concludes our museum tour around town with Mr. James Mann. With two floors of displays and a basement full of archives, there is a lot to learn at the Ypsilanti Historical Museum. James spends a good chunk of his week with the archives, learning about our town’s rich history. My ... Read more and see comments!

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Aug 18, 2015
Visiting the Ypsilanti Auto Heritage Museum is always a treat. As someone not terribly interested in cars, I always find myself getting transfixed with them at the Auto Museum. With beautiful vehicles of all kinds, there was so much footage for me to shoot, I honestly did not know where to start. Luckily, ... Read more and see comments!

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Mar 18, 2015
The Huron | We Live by the River 1922 Huron River waltz sheet music Ypsilanti is unthinkable without the Huron River. Her layout, her lifeways and her larger place in the landscape are defined by the River and her offerings. Thousands of lives have been lived by its banks; each one with their own ... Read more and see comments!

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Feb 17, 2015
Eastern Michigan University’s Lost Landscapes & Old Buildings 1868 birds-eye map of campus area Present-day Eastern Michigan University has a history nearly as old as Ypsilanti’s. The school has evolved with the city it has helped to define, and be defined by, for over a century and ... Read more and see comments!

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Jan 27, 2015
“Ypsilanti” (ĭp′•sĭ•lăn′•tē) is a daunting name to pronounce for those unfamiliar with it. However, its very unusualness is central to Ypsilantians sense of the uniqueness of their community. How did a town in southern Michigan, known for many hundreds of years ... Read more and see comments!

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