General Guide to Albion – Issue XV – January/February 2016 – Albion History Edition

Welcome to the online version of the General Guide to Albion. Issue XV is about Albion History.

This “Albion History Edition” of the General Guide is sponsored by Albion College.

The art in the Guide is a map of some of Albion’s history spots, that show some of the changes we have gone through and are going through. The history spots are as follows:

  1. Forks of the Kalamazoo River, first Potawatomi Indians, then in 1835, Tenny Peabody settles.
  2. College moves from Spring Arbor where foundation had begun, to Albion.  See boulder from founding place near Hannah St. and also “the Rock” on the Quad.  Early college served
    the educational needs of women, children & Indians.
  3. Flood of 1908 – and the one bridge that withstood the test
  4. Mother’s Day connections with temperance
    and Underground Railroad. Juliet Calhoun Blakeley.
  5. Washington Gardner School on Michigan Ave. was first a high school, then K-8 school.
  6. Cemetery shows history in tombstones.
  7. Goodrich Chapel opened 1958. Visible landmark of Albion College campus, seats > 1,400.
  8. Albion Malleable Iron Company (now gone).
  9. Cultural shift toward arts and trails – the Molder.
  10. Holland Park Transformation, current project.
  11. Albion Community School weighing options for future: Annexation with Marshall option passed by Albion School Board. Public Vote in May.
  12. Gardner House Museum, 12th Night location.
  13. Albion Road – toward college founding place in Spring Arbor, historical marker and more bike trails.

Also in General Guide XV Albion History Edition – is information about Black History Month.  In addition to the information about Robert Holland (#10 in the list above) – there is information about the Martin Luther King Convocation at 7 p.m. on February 2, at the Bohm Theatre featuring Civil Rights and Peace Advocate Diane Nash.  See more information on this link.  

Three Tuskegee Airmen from Albion are depicted in portraits by Jerome Washington for the February highlights.  See more about these men and other portraits on a post below.  We will be adding more information about all of the items above – but much of the history can be found by a search of Historical Albion Michigan, a collection of folk history stories by Albion Historian Frank Passic.

Information about the possible play by Von Washington at Washington Gardner school is on this link.