Detroit Historical Museum features new exhibits, new stories
Nov 15, 2012 (Detroit Free Press - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Here are some of the new featured exhibits that will greet visitors when the renovated Detroit Historical Museum reopens.
--Allesee Gallery of Culture: The people, places and things that are distinctly Detroit come alive in a sweeping march through the 20th Century, including stories of sports, entertainment, the auto industry, politics, labor and race relations and the city's changing landscape.
--Detroit: The Arsenal of Democracy: The story of Detroit's impact on World War II and how the war influenced Detroit. Three themes predominate -- "The Factory," "The Community" and "The Home."
--Doorway to Freedom -- Detroit and the Underground Railroad: An exploration of Detroit's role in the network of safe houses and abolitionists who helped runaway slaves, including the city's geographic destiny as a prime crossing into Canada. Visitors step through an experiential trail mimicking a slave's journey that ends in an open space that evokes feelings of freedom.
--Gallery of Innovation: The stories behind dozens of Detroit-area innovators and innovations that go well beyond the automobile, with a special emphasis on the often-messy process. An interactive "Innovation Station" allows visitors to invent a new soft drink or automobile.
--Kid Rock Music Lab: Detroit's influential musical legends, from Motown heroes and Aretha Franklin to Eminem, get the royal treatment in this interactive, participatory space, which also honors the city's historic rock, gospel and jazz traditions.
--Legends Plaza: An outdoor plaza featuring the handprints and signatures in cement of some two dozen Detroiters, including boxing great Thomas Hearns, author Elmore Leonard, actress-comedian Lily Tomlin, techno pioneer Carl Craig, filmmaker Sam Raimi and radio personality Paul W. Smith.
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