Community Remembered/Reconstructed/Reassessed: Detroit's Chene Street Archives


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  • Speaker: Anna Topolska, PhD student, History
  • Host Department: History of Art
  • Date: 11/30/2012
  • Time: 12:00PM

  • Location: Multi-Purpose Room, First Floor of the U-M Museum of Art

  • Description:

    The Chene Street History Project aims at preservation of the intangible heritage of Chene Street's neighborhood, once one of Detroit's "most vibrant commercial corridors," today one of its most devastated and depopulated areas. This presentation shows how re-constructing individual stories from members of this community and building a digital archive/exhibition contributes to preserving Chene Street's heritage. During my internship at the Chene Street History Project, I focused on Chene Street's Polish and Jewish legacy.  I developed content for an on-line presentation concerning life stories of two Polish and Polish-Jewish immigrants — Zofia Legowska and Jennie Levenson. I will show how the Archives provide not only insight into the community life and immigrant experiences on Chene Street, but also its role as a resource for researching World War II memories.  .