By SCOTT BOLTHOUSE, Guest Writer
More than 100 local authors are scheduled to gather at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center in Dearborn, MI on Saturday for the official release of the Dearborn Historical Museum’s Best Dearborn Stories: Voices from Henry Ford’s Hometown, Volume II.
The book signing event, Located at 15801 Michigan Avenue (at Greenfield), will open at 10 a.m. and finish by 1 p.m.
The book, which is longer and more in-depth then the first edition, features 162 stories and recollections written by Dearborn residents. Topics covered in the anthology include memories of growing up, working, and going to school in Dearborn.
Within the 446 pages are personal and archival photos, some of which have never been published before. Some chapters even cover specific Dearborn hot-spots such as The Henry Ford, Camp Dearborn, and the police department.
The event is considered a fund raising effort for the Museum Guild of Dearborn. The book will be available to purchase for $19.95 and all profits will go to the museum.
“The first volume of Best Dearborn Stories has made more than $10,000 for the museum since it’s release last December” said Glenn O’Kray, vice chair of The Dearborn Historical Commission.
O’Kray even considered the guild one of it’s best fund raisers in it’s history. The proceeds will help to keep he museum’s doors open, even with the absence of funding from the Dearborn City Council.
On their website, they state that “The Guild’s dedication to the community is strong and our mission to preserve our heritage for future generations is our primary goal.”
1,200 copies of Volume II will be available for purchase, as well as a limited number of copies of volume I. Both books are also available for purchase online at www.thedhm.com.
For more information, contact the Dearborn Historical Museum at (313) 565-3000.