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East Side Walking Tour

Learn about the initial creation of Springwells on the 100th anniversary of the dedication of old Dearborn City Hall!

Join Mason Christensen, of the Dearborn Historical Museum, on an exploration of the old Dearborn City Hall grounds and the east downtown streets near Michigan and Schaefer. Largely developed during the 1920s, the district quickly exploded in size thanks to the expansion of the nearby Ford Rouge Plant. On the tour, learn about interesting former businesses whose structures are almost hiding in plain sight. Hear why east downtown Dearborn developed where it did. Furthermore, learn the geographic difference between Fordson, Springwells Township, and Dearborn Township.

Items to note about the tour:

The tour will begin in front of old Dearborn City Hall at 13615 Michigan Avenue.
All guests should be prepared to walk, sometimes on uneven surfaces, for about an hour and a half.

If it looks like it will be stormy or too hot, we will reschedule and let you know ahead of time. Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of the tour.
Restroom facilities may be unavailable along the tour route. We will not be entering any buildings as part of the tour.

Sign up by purchasing tickets at our E#ventbrite link or at the museum.

Event, Memorial Day Parade

Sons of Union Veterans Memorial Day Ceremony

In Wayne and Monroe Counties, the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War is represented by the Sgt. John S. Cosbey Camp 427. This group assists families in researching and ordering headstones for Civil War veterans, and helps to organize dedication ceremonies for these veterans once their headstones are placed. They also participate in many community events, including parades and award ceremonies for Eagle Scouts and JROTC Cadets.

Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5th, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans- the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR)- established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Civil War dead with flowers. It was directed that this event be held on May 30th each year. After World War I, the day was expanded to honor those who have died in all American wars. In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday and was placed on the last Monday of May. Even though it is still often called Decoration Day, to honor the history of GAR the SUVCW continues to celebrate the original Decoration Day on May 30th with various ceremonies and dedications nationwide.

Each year this group hosts a community event at the Museum’s Commandant’s Quarters. We hope you will join us for this historic event this May to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.