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Ann Arbor, Dexter, and the University of Michigan   

 In-Person Class:  This class will be taught in person, in the classroom at the Vineyard Church.
    Enrollment:  Pandemic protocols may limit the enrollment for this class.
    Registrants will be informed in advance, and a waitlist will be available.

The year 2023 marks the 200th anniversary for the settling of both Dexter and Ann Arbor by European settlers. What would Ann Arbor have become without the University of Michigan? It would probably be very much like the city of Dexter – but let’s explore. In 1847, Ann Arbor lost the competition to become the capital city of the State of Michigan. Ann Arbor’s consolation prize was that the University of Michigan had moved from Detroit to this Tree Town frontier outpost ten years earlier in 1837, when Ann Arbor was only 13 years old. It also means that Dexter did not win the competition to become the home of the University of Michigan. Join us for a session of fascinating local history which will track the parallel fates of these two fine Washtenaw County cities – one semi-urban, one semi-rural. Go Blue or Be Blue?

Russ Collins is Executive Director of the Michigan Theater Foundation, a nonprofit community organization operating Ann Arbor’s Michigan Theater, a 1920s Movie Palace, and the recently renovated State Theatre, a 1940s Art Deco cinema style theater. Russ also heads the Cinetopia Festival, and founded the Art House Convergence, a national organization for community-based independent cinemas.



  • Ann Arbor, Dexter, and the University of Michigan 

  •  Show Description
  • Fee: $15.00

  • Instructor(s): Russell Collins

  • Dates: 3/1/2023 - 3/1/2023

    Times: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

  • Sessions: 1

    Days: W

  • Building: Vineyard Church

    Room: Classroom at the Vineyard Church

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