Pure Michigan

Hamtramck

Less than 13 miles from the heart of downtown Detroit, Hamtramck, Michigan is like a little United Nations where residents collectively speak more than 30 languages. 

Detroit graffiti art at Farmers Market neighborhood
THOMAS WILMER

At the conclusion of WWII Detroit, Michigan claimed than 2.1 million citizens, today there are less than 700,000. Thousands of single-family houses have disappeared from the landscape--some city blocks have less than three houses standing— a sobering, mostly greenscape landscape. Join Kelly Kavanaugh, urban activist and owner of Wheelhouse Detroit Bikeshop as she talks about reinventing Detroit and some of the obstacles created by an infusion of investors from across the country.

Vintage Wienermobile on display at The Henry Ford
THOMAS WILMER

The 12-acre Henry Ford complex showcases artifacts from the industrial revolution through contemporary artifacts. Highlights include classic 20th century aircraft, an extensive automobile collection, a vintage Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, and JFK’s 1961 Lincoln presidential limo. Join Melissa Foster, Media & Film Relations Manager for a walking tour of the legendary Henry Ford museum of American Innovation.

Detroit Beer book cover
Arcadia Publishing

Join author, podcast host, and Motor City Brew Tours founder Stephen Johnson for an insiders look at Detroit’s beer world, past and present.

Detroit brew tours include walking, biking, and by bus.

preparing to fire cannon at Fort Michilimackinac
Thomas Wilmer

Correspondent Tom Wilmer reports from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Come along and join Dominic Miller on the shores of the Straits of Mackinac at the historic 18th Century colonial Michilimackinac fort and fur trading village. More than 16 structures have been painstakingly recreated utilizing years of archeological excavations and in situ research (ongoing since 1959). 

Becky Simmons at Museum of Ojibwe Culture in Saint Ignace, Michigan
Thomas Wilmer

Join Becky Simmons at the Museum of Ojibwe Culture in Saint Ignace, Michigan for a conversation with correspondent Tom Wilmer. Ms. Simmons shares her Ojibwe journey that commenced when she learned as a 12 year-old that she was not French Canadian, but Ojibwe. 

Kayak journey through the Canadian locks with Birds Eye Adventures
Thomas Wilmer

It’s a new venture for Ken and Wilda Hopper in Sault Ste Marie. It’s an evolving work in progress where the couple’s headquarters specializes in “coffee, beer, and gear” in addition to rentals, sales, Birds Eye Outfitters offers cool guided kayak, stand up paddle and canoe adventures to the far side of St. Mary’s river and through the locks on the Canadian side of the waters. 

Ann Arbor's elegant restored State Theater
Thomas Wilmer

Join Russ Collins in Ann Arbor, Michigan for an engaging conversation about the city’s passion for cinema and live musical performances.

A keystone in Ann Arbor is the historic circa-1927 grand Michigan Theater in the heart of downtown. When the theater opened on the heels of the silent film era, the Michigan was replete with a symphony pit and a grand Wurlitzer-style organ—it’s fully restored, and the local symphony still performs here.

Classic Michigan Theater in downtown Ann Arbor
Thomas Wilmer

Join correspondent, Tom Wilmer in Ann Arbor, Michigan for a visit with Michael Kondziolka, the Director of Programming at UMS, and Marian James, the Executive Director at the Ark—“Where Music Lives”.

The University Musical Society, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan has been presenting a full spectrum of performing arts since 1880. 

B-17 prepares for flight at Yankee Air Museum Yipsilanti, Michigan
Thomas Wilmer

Join Correspondent, Tom Wilmer at Willow Run for a conversation with Kevin Walsh, Executive Director of the Yankee Air Museum in Yipsilanti, Michigan.

In the depths of WWII, Ford Motor Corporation opened the Willow Run Bomber plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan in 1942 on the outskirts of Detroit.