Albion continues to be in the news for the innovative ways it faces challenges head on, and the educational institutions that are here, as well as the wider educational network for k-12 students. Albion High School students attending Marshall schools will be joined by grades 6-8 on Monday, January 25.  For more information please visit AlbionMich.net/education where we are gathering videos, and news stories for our readers.  Our newest print publication (the General Guide to Albion – issue XV) features Albion History (and Challenges).

Albion has a unique combination of aspects that make it a great place to visit and live.  Albion is located in southern mid Michigan along the I-94 corridor between Chicago and Detroit.  Transportation options in Albion include easy access to the interstate freeways, a train station with stops by Amtrak and Greyhound, and a new taxi cab company.  Bicyclists are enjoying the bike friendly roads, and also a riverwalk that extends through town and is part of the North Country Trail.  Albion’s brick downtown streets are the oldest and longest stretch of continuously bricked streets in Michigan.

Albion is also known for its extensive public parks, 17 parks for the Albion population and guests to enjoy. With one public park for every 600 residents, Albion has more parks per capita that any other city in the United States.  Albion also has a lively arts community, with musicians, and other performing arts, murals, sculpture, and cooking arts in evidence.  Albion has several events each year that bring together its diverse community, for ethnic feasts and a wide ranges of activities not often found in cities this size.

See more information about Albion in the General Guide to Albion

Albion History Map

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This is the online version of the map that was featured in the General Guide to Albion XV, “Albion History” Edition. Click on this direct link to map if you cannot see the interactive map below. As you click on each marker, more information appears about that spot. These items match the items in the printed Guide. Please also check out the Google map of Art near the Albion River … Continue reading →

Marshall wins grant for annexation

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Friday January 29, 2016 – From Battle Creek Enquirer on Facebook – Marshall Public Schools has been awarded a $4.2 million grant from the Michigan Department of Education to help the district pay for costs associated with the proposed annexation of Albion Public Schools. Marshall Superintendent Randy Davis said with the amount awarded by the state, he and his staff “are confident that we can move forward with the annexation … Continue reading →

Albion and Marshall students unite at symposium

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Over 100 middle school students from Albion and Marshall participated in a symposium hosted by Albion College and led by Starr Commonwealth. The event, held on January 17th, aimed to help students from the middle schools of both cities to build new and stronger relationships in support of their ongoing education in Marshall. Derek Allen, Director of Starr’s Global Learning Network, led the facilitation of the one-day event, creating workshops … Continue reading →

Albion Middle School Send off to Marshall Public School

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January 22, 2016 – Last day for Albion Middle School students in Albion. “Under an expanded cooperative agreement with Marshall Public Schools, Albion will send its students in grades 6-8 to learn at Marshall Middle School starting Monday. Albion Public Schools will remain a K-5 school district for the rest of the school year.” (BC Enquirer) An ongoing saga with excellent coverage by the Battle Creek Enquirer.  Be sure to click … Continue reading →

Marshall Superintendent speaks before Albion City Council – January 18, 2016

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January 18, 2016 – Albion City Council receives a brief from Dr. Randall Davis, Superintendent of Marshall Public  Schools, and Richard Lindsey, President of the School Board, Marshall Public Schools. To see a video this part of the meeting click here. (Goes to minute 7:18 of a two hour video.) There were also comments from council person Andrew French about the new hotel coming to Albion, and the national franchise … Continue reading →

Iron Belle Trail in Calhoun County Michigan

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Michigan offers spectacular natural and cultural resources, and hiking or bicycling is a wonderful way to experience the state’s vast array of scenic views, cultural resources, vibrant communities and wildlife resources. Michigan’s Iron Belle Trail links the wealth of existing trails, helps fill gaps where needed, and celebrates the partnerships that have developed and are maintaining the trails. The trail creates opportunities for rural economic development, healthy recreation and awareness of … Continue reading →

North Country Trail in Calhoun County

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Now – in Albion – watch for the sign posts near the Albion River Trail!  This is a walking trail – but some parts of the trail are bike friendly. The North Country Trail stretches approximately 4,600 miles (7,400 km) from Crown Point in eastern New York to Lake Sakakawea State Park in central North Dakota in the United States. Passing through the seven states of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, … Continue reading →

‘Town and Gown’ partnership

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‘Town and Gown’ partnership crucial for long-term sustainability of Albion College and surrounding community December 03, 2015  College and community leaders have also secured funding for a new, 72-room boutique hotel. The financing package includes a $1 million grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s “Michigan Strategic Fund,” a $4 million loan from the College and approximately $1 million for site preparation from the Albion Brownfield Redevelopment Authority.  Read more … Continue reading →

A Short Walking Tour from the year 2000

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This timeless brochure was developed at the turn of the century and features a numbered pictorial tour.  There are images and descriptions of the Molder sculpture, the Post Office, the Albion Train Depot, Superior Street, City Hall, the Farmers’ Market, Lloyd Park, Albion’s Mother of Mother’s Day, the Library, the Gardner House, the Bohm Theatre and the Festival of the Forks. See how many changes have already happened in Albion … Continue reading →

Albion College Whitehouse Nature Center History Trail

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Whitehouse Nature Center at Albion College has some wonderful trails to walk and explore.  Nine sites have been marked with red, white and blue symbols, and a history of each is included, along with a map, in this brochure.  As you walk the trails, perhaps this brochure will help you understand your role in the story of the land as it is now as well as your place in its … Continue reading →