Ann Arbor 200 bicentennial project aims to explore city’s history

ANN ARBOR, MI — It’s been almost 200 years since John Allen and Elisha Rumsey founded Ann Arbor, naming the territory in honor of their wives and the area’s plentiful bur oaks. With the city’s bicentennial year only a few years away now, the Ann Arbor District Library is making plans to celebrate it with a new local history project called Ann Arbor 200. “Some will be informative, some will be whimsical, some will be experimental,” AADL stated in its Ann Arbor 200 announcement on Tuesday, July 27. “Now is the time to get those stories heard and get those questions answered.”Community members can email to contribute suggestions and learn more at Historical compilations from The Ann Arbor News:The story of Albert Wheeler, Ann Arbor’s first and only Black mayorAnn Arbor’s West Park kicked out the jams in the 1960s — then the city shut it downTake a fly-through tour of Ann Arbor circa 1880A history of Ann Arbor’s iconic State Theatre going back to 1940Remembering how Ann Arbor saved the Michigan Theater 40 years agoA history of Hash Bash and marijuana activism in Ann ArborSee historical photos of Ann Arbor’s parks going back to the 1930sVintage photos showcase downtown Ann Arbor’s historical charm100 historical photos of Ann Arbor from a century agoSee photos of Ann Arbor’s Nickels Arcade over the last 100 years1960s building boom introduced Ann Arbor to high-rise controversy50 years later, 26-story Tower Plaza still Ann Arbor’s tallest buildingHistorical photos of Fingerle Lumber in Ann Arbor over the decadesHow Ann Arbor lost its historic train depot and why some want it backHistoric photos: Ann Arbor Farmers Market turns 100See how People’s Food Co-op in Ann Arbor has evolved in its 48-year historyHistorical photos show Firestone’s longevity in downtown Ann ArborRemembering a tense standoff with police at the 1996 Hash Bash