Cleaning up the past

Cleaning up the Past

Join us!

Bits and pieces of Hamtramck’s history will come to light on June 1 at the Hamtramck Historical Museum. From 1 to 3 p.m. that day students from Wayne State University will be at the museum cleaning decades of dirt off of artifacts found during an archeological dig held at the site of the lost log cabin in Detroit.

And you can join in the fascinating task of clearing away the cobwebs of the past as cleaning posts will be set up in the museum for all to use under the supervision of the WSU crew. The items were collected at the site of the log cabin on Halleck Street, which once was part of Hamtramck Township. They have been catalogued by the WSU students and now are in the collection of the Hamtramck Historical Museum. And they are ready to be cleaned.

People who want to take part in the cleaning under the supervision of Wayne State University professor Krysta Ryzewski and her students should wear appropriate and expect to get wet and a little dirty. Or you can just watch the cleaning in progress.

The log cabin had been discovered last fall and was recognized for its historical significance. A joint effort between Wayne State University and the Hamtramck Historical Museum was launched to rescue to cabin and move it to Hamtramck. However, the city of Detroit land bank demolished the cabin before the plan could be enacted.

Following the demolition the WSU students received permission to conduct a one-day archeological dig at the site.

There is no charge to participate. Light refreshments will be available. The museum is at 9525 Jos. Campau, between Norwalk and Poland streets.

For information, call (313) 893-5027.