General Guide – December 2016


This General Guide shows some landmarks of both Albion and Marshall that were made possible through donations large and small. As the month goes by we will post more information about these landmarks including their history. We will be posting all of the events that are listed in the print version onto the web calendar at so you will be able to get more information and click through to see the official source to verify times and locations before you make a trip.

We will be gathering more historical information and especially Black History from both Albion and Marshall in preparation for the first General Guide of 2017 that will feature these topics.

In honor of Giving Tuesday, please consider making a donation to Albion Community Foundation who made this issue of General Guide possible. We will post more information about Giving Tuesday soon, but for now, visit their national website:

Remember to look in your Morning Star this weekend to get your copy if you live in or near Albion. Look inside your AdVisor & Chronicle if you live IN the City of Marshall. You can also pick up a copy of the General Guide to Albion by visiting the Morning Star office at 125 E. Cass Street, or Art Craft Press at 118 W. Vine Street, behind the Post Office.

Click here to see a printable pdf of the General Guide – October 2016 which includes a calendar of concerts, lectures, home games and author talks. For Big Read events, visit

General Guide November 2016


The General Guide XXI will be distributed to all students in the Marshall Public Schools, Albion College and in the Morning Star the weekend of October 29. This flier will also be distributed in the Advisor & Chronicle to every home in the city of Marshall. The General Guide shares special event news between both communities.


This issue has music events including band concerts, orchestra and choral by Albion College and Marshall students. Home games for both schools are listed, as well as the new indoor Farmers Markets in both Albion and Marshall.


The biggest event listed is “Giving Tuesday,” that follows Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday, now in its fourth year nationally, grew as a response to commercialism and consumerism in the post Thanksgiving Season.


The Guide has photos of projects and events that were made possible through donations. Now with Giving Tuesday, it is easier than ever to a philanthropist. Instructions on how to participate locally with Giving Tuesday, and links to the official Giving Tuesday site, will be available along with other streaming news and the online calendar at www.

The online version of the calendar has links to official news about the events listed.

This issue had a print run of 15,000 thanks to sponsor Albion Community Foundation. For a printable version of General Guide XXI please click on one of these images.

Harrington – NAACP Backpack giveaway

Harrington School Open House 2016

and the NAACP Backpack giveaway


For the past several years, the Albion branch NAACP has hosted a Back to School – Stay in School Backpack giveaway event for students attending Albion Public Schools.

This year was different as the former Albion Public Schools is now a part of Marshall Public Schools. Harrington School had been closed for almost three years and this year was able to reopen due to the annexation.

The Education committee of Albion NAACP coordinated their annual event with the open house for Harrington School, which happened in August 2016.

The event was a major success, with an estimated 300 backpacks given away. There were several other organizations at the event also, who provided free information and giveaways regarding health, volunteer opportunities, academic support, and resources for students and their families.

To help with the efforts of Albion’s NAACP – Visit the the Albion NAACP facebook page and see their contact information on that page.

img_4015_harrington_open_house_flagAt the Harrington School Open House, on the same day as the backpack giveaway, there was a special flag raising ceremony by the Albion American Legion. There was a very good turnout with hundred of people coming to see the newly refurbished Harrington School.

Giving Tuesday – Albion 2016


What is Giving Tuesday?

We know about

  • Black Friday
  • Small Business Saturday
  • Cyber Monday

Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as a response to commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season (Black Friday and Cyber Monday).

But what is Giving Tuesday in Albion?  The Giving Tuesday woven heart logo is remodeled here with Albion events and resources that were made possible by gifts large and small.

General Guide – Issue XXI is the Giving Edition which is sponsored by Albion Community Foundation.

The topics here will be covered with more photos and posts in the coming month.  Starting at the left and moving clockwise are:

Indoor Farmers Market

Albion’s new Indoor Farmer’s Market

maple_syrup_baked_goods_900pxAlbion now has an indoor Farmer’s Market that begin in November 2016 on most Saturday mornings 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. from November until the end of April. The Albion Indoor Farmer’s Market is located at the Albion Food Hub, 112 E. Erie Street, near Subway and Homestead Savings Bank.  To shop at the indoor Farmer’s Market, park behind Homestead Bank, near the Albion District Library.  You will see the Albion Food Hub back door.

This indoor market happens on Saturdays when the weather is too cold for the outdoor Farmers Market that takes place at Stoffer Plaza. Click here to learn about the summer Albion Farmers’ Market.  Much of what’s happened for the Farmer’s Market and Food Hub was made possible with the help of the Albion Community Foundation.

Some of the items at the Farmers’ Market:

  • Fresh baked bread
  • Other baked goods
  • Farm eggs
  • crafts
  • vegetables
  • greens
  • Michigan maple syrup
  • Michigan honey


More photos from one of the first Albion indoor farmers’ market are below.

Here is the official website for the Albion Farmers’ Market.

Here is the official Facebook page for the Albion Farmer’s Market with more up to date information.


Albion – Marshall Connector

The Albion Marshall Connector is a bus that offers curb to curb service between the Albion and Marshall communities.

Read about the Connector on the official City of Albion website.

Visit the Connector Facebook page.

The Connector operates on weekdays, and it is best to call to order a ride one day ahead of time.
(517) 654-3000  – The fee is $1 each way between Albion and Marshall.

Since the recent annexation of Albion Public Schools into the Marshall Public School system, and the older loss of Albion Community Hospital and more use of Marshall’s Oaklawn Hospital, Albion residents are increasingly needing to go to Marshall for some basic services.  Sometimes, transportation is an issue, and when this is the case, there are options for getting around from Albion to Marshall and back.

The service has been funded through a series of grants and donation but more donations are needed. Tax deductible donations made be made to the City of Albion or the City of Marshall with the note that the donation is for the Albion Marshall Connector.  We will post more information about donations later.

See more photos and unofficial information about the connector on this page:

The following information was taken from an official pdf flier on the City of Marshall website.

See the pdf flier by clicking here.

What is the Albion – Marshall Connector?

The Connector is a curb to curb driving service which helps members of the Albion and Marshall communities travel back and forth to work, school, doctors visits, shopping, and more. Currently, the connector runs five days a week from 7:30am to 4:30pm. The bus will also run during special events with Marshall Public Schools such as parent teacher conferences or sporting events. Call anytime to check on the special event schedule or you can find more info on our Facebook page.

Unless a reservation is made 24 hours in advance, pick up will be on a first come first serve basis. Reservations can be made up to one week in advance with standing reservations also being an option.

One Way Fares


Adults / Children 13+


Disabled / Seniors 60+ / Children age 5 to 12


Caretakers / Children under 5 with a paid rider

*Tokens are used as change. Drivers do not carry cash. Tokens can be purchased from the drivers.

History Hill at Holland Park

The public was invited to the grand opening of the newly installed West Ward School History panels in Holland Park at on Saturday, Aug. 13th 2016.

As part of the Holland Park Transformation, a Michigan Humanities Council Heritage grant was awarded to the City of Albion and Albion College to display the West Ward School story. For this project, historians Robert Wall, Leslie Dick, and Dr. Wesley Arden Dick interviewed more than 20 former West Ward students. This history will be a permanent exhibit on History Hill in Holland Park. Park visitors will be able to access the Albion West Ward School website to discover more and to hear the voices of the West Ward students.

West Ward Elementary School was built in 1873. For 45 years, its students were primarily the children of white, European immigrants who worked in the nearby iron foundries. European immigration was cut off during World War I, and the Albion Malleable Iron Company sent a recruiter south to Pensacola, Florida. In November of 1916, almost 100 years ago, 64 African American men arrived at the Albion railroad depot, ready to go to work at “The Malleable.” Soon, their wives and children arrived, posing a question: where would their children attend school? At first, those children were educated at an Albion African American church. When Dalrymple Elementary School was completed in January of 1918, the white West Ward School children were transferred to the new school and West Ward became an all-Black elementary school.

Previously, the African American children had been educated in the segregated, Jim Crow South in all-Black schools. The only way the new arrivals would have Black teachers in Albion in 1918 was to make West Ward a segregated school. Although segregated public education was against Michigan law, West Ward remained an all-Black school until 1953. While African American parents and community leaders initially favored the segregated arrangement, racial attitudes concerning justice and achieving the American Dream changed over time. By 1953, key Black parents considered West Ward to be “separate, but unequal,” and they kept their children out of school that fall. This led to a showdown with the Albion Board of Education. Confronted by the boycott and threatened by an NAACP lawsuit, the Board ended classes at West Ward in October of 1953. The West Ward story thus changed from northern segregation to an Albion Civil Rights movement. After the school was closed, it was tor! n down, and the school grounds became a city park, which was later dedicated in honor of Robert Holland, Sr., one of the boycott leaders. West Ward is a reminder that Albion’s story is America’s story.

The historical display was made possible by a Heritage Grant from the Michigan Humanities Council.

To learn more about History Hill visit our new website:

To help support the work of the Albion branch NAACP, please visit

To donate, go to the Holland Park Transformation facebook page and send us a message to ask where to mail your check.


Giving at Albion College – Davis Athletic Complex

We see changes happening in Albion, and many of them have to do with Albion College.

At the College one of the big new things is the Davis Athletic Complex, that is near the corner of East Erie Street and Hannah Street.  The complex was made possible by a generous gift from Bud and Ruby Davis to the college.



Sister City travel opportunities

Trip to France - including Paris, and Noisy-le-Roi Albion's Sister City.
Trip to France – including Paris, and Noisy-le-Roi Albion’s Sister City.

Several Albion young people were able to take a memorable trip to Albion’s Sister City Noisy-le-Roi France in 2015 thanks to a special arrangement made possible by Albion Community Foundation. We will be posting more information about the trip later. For now, learn more about Albion’s Sister City, by visiting the official City of Albion web page about the sister city committee.

Read more about Albion’s Sister City relationship with Noisy-le-Roi, France on the Albion College website by clicking here.

Read some background information about the early days of the sister city relationship from the year 2000 on the AlbionMich.COM website.