DETROIT (CBS Detroit) – Looking for something to do with the kids this weekend to highlight a cold and dreary Winter Break?

The Detroit Historical Museum has free admission for everyone and is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday this week, so come inside to enjoy new and classic exhibits.

Newest is “Streets of Old Detroit SIGNATURES, a Collection of Autographs from Proud DPS,” which features more than 5,000 autographs from proud Detroit Public Schools alumni on T-shirts corresponding to the high schools they attended.

Graduates from Redford High School class of 1937, Miller High School class of 1939, Eastern High School class of 1940, Northeastern High School class of 1941 and so many more have come down to sign and show their pride.

“They have recently added new school shirts and encourage alumni from Renaissance, Commerce, Cody, Chadsey, Detroit School for the Arts, Miller High School, Wilbur Wright, and Murray Wright to attend,” the museum said in a press release, adding T-shirts from all Detroit high schools are included and available for signing. Signing is FREE, it’s fun and it will spark fond memories.

Classic exhibits including “Streets of Old Detroit” and “The Glancy Trains” will be there all weekend, as will new favorites “Allesee Gallery of Culture,” “Kid Rock Music Lab,” “Detroit: The “Arsenal of Democracy” or the expanded Doorway to Freedom: Detroit and the Underground Railroad.

In addition, this week marks the final days of The Power of HOPE exhibit, which chronicles the past, present and future of Detroit-based nonprofit Focus: HOPE, in the Museum’s Community Gallery. Formed out of the vision of co-founders Father William Cunningham and Eleanor Josaitis, Focus: HOPE is a nationally recognized civil and human rights organization established in 1968 after the Detroit riots.

Throughout the years, Focus: HOPE has worked to overcome racism, poverty and injustice through a food program, education and workforce development programs and community development initiatives. Through Focus: HOPE, thousands of individuals – especially women and minorities – have achieved financial independence.

The Detroit Historical Museum is at 5401 Woodward Ave.; Parking in the Museum’s lot is $5 at all times. For more information, call the Museum at 313-833-1805 or visit


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