Ann Arbor in Washtenaw County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Schools and Churches
Ann Arbor public school, begun in the 1830s, were inadequately funded and poorly organized. This changed in 1856 when the Union School opened (building on right); it was the grandest building in Ann Arbor. Its assembly room, seating 700, was often used for public events. Classes prepared students to enter the nearby university. Nonresidents, who paid tuition, made up more than half the enrollment.
Religious and private schools also were available. In the nineteenth century most of Ann Arbor's churches were nearby. They established reading rooms, social centers, and lectures to attract university students. The 1882 First Unitarian Church (across State Street to your left) had a social hall and reading room. Directly behind you, the Episcopalians built Harris Hall in 1886 for students to meet "under the refining and elevating influence of the Church's social life." A later pastor said their goal was "to intercept students on their way to Joe's and the Orient," two Main Street saloons famous in Michigan student tradition where "the minds and habits of the young should not be formed." Nearer campus on State Street, the Student Christian
Ann Arbor High School
Class of 1955
The last graduating class
Erected by Ann Arbor Historical Foundation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Education. A significant historical year for this entry is 1856.
Location. 42° 16.88′ N, 83° 44.459′ W. Marker is in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in Washtenaw County. Marker is at the intersection of North State Street and East Huron Street, on the left when traveling north on North State Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 617 East Huron Street, Ann Arbor MI 48104, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Harris Hall (here, next to this marker); FUMC's BSA Troop 4 (within shouting distance of this marker); Carnegie Library (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ann Arbor High School (about 300 feet away); The James Foster House of Art (about 600 feet away); Ideation Building (about 700 feet away); Town and Gown: Entertainment and Changing Culture (about 700 feet away); Rackham School of Graduate Studies (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ann Arbor.
Also see . . . Downtown Ann Arbor Historical Street Exhibit: Site 11. State and Huron.(Submitted on July 22, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 22, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 64 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 22, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.