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During the month of May (Preservation Month) the local history room hosted a series of programs celebrating the Vine Neighborhood. Early in the month we learned the fascinating history of the neighborhood from the City’s historic preservation coordinator, Sharon Ferraro. Our second program featured Lynn Houghton, local historian and co-author of Kalamazoo Lost and Found, who took us on a virtual tour of Vine’s varied architectural styles. Finally, we discovered the hidden gem, Rose Place. Julie DeLuca, a Rose Place property owner, detailed the streetscape enhancement project which was the result of a collaborative effort between property owners and the city of Kalamazoo.
If you missed this great series, don’t despair. Each program was video recorded along with brief interviews with the presenters, and will soon appear on our website. Additionally, Julie DeLuca has offered a tour of the Rose Place Historic District which will take place on Thursday, June 4 at 7:00 pm. There is still one more opportunity to celebrate Vine. Lynn Houghton will conduct a tour of the Vine Historic District as part of her 2009 Gazelle Historic Walk series. The tour will begin at the corner of Vine and Westnedge at 8:00 am on August 28.
215 Rose Place