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Public Input Sought For New Detroit Historical Museum Exhibit

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The Allesee Gallery of Culture inside the Detroit Historical Museum highlights the culture that all Detroiters recognize as our own.  (credit: Detroit Historical Society)

The Allesee Gallery of Culture inside the Detroit Historical Museum highlights the culture that all Detroiters recognize as our own. (credit: Detroit Historical Society)

DETROIT (WWJ) - Calling all Detroiters: The city’s historical museum want’s your input in creating their newest exhibit “Detroit Decides: Our Most Celebrated Buildings.”

Whether it’s the Penobscot Building, Masonic Temple or old Tiger Stadium, the Detroit Historical Society is asking the public to cast their nomination for any past or present building that best embodies the spirit of Detroit.

Tobi Voigt, the historical society’s chief curatorial officer, said the exhibit will feature three buildings that signify the spirit of Detroit as nominated by the people in the metro Detroit area, highlighting key facts and memories.

“Determining the three buildings to be showcased will be based on the compelling cases made in the nominations,” Voigt said in a statement. “Along with straight facts about each of the three buildings, the exhibit will primarily focus on stories and memories of Detroiters, demonstrating a real history of those buildings that represent the spirit of Detroit.”

The society is asking for any building in the City of Detroit, past or present, to be nominated. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, August 30.

Submit your vote in person at the Detroit Historical Museum or online at www.detroithistorical.org. The result of the nominations will be announced to the public toward the end of October to allow for more story submissions for the top three buildings.

The finished exhibit is set to be unveiled on Saturday, February 1, 2014.

The exhibit will be part of the museum’s Allesee Gallery of Culture. Focusing on 1900 to the present, the gallery spotlights cultural icons and artifacts that hold significant meaning to Detroiters — everything from the neon glowing letters of Tiger Stadium to a brass drinking fountain from Hudson’s downtown store.

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