Albion Originals

Things that are unique to Albion or started here, including recurring events and cultural items such as songs and sports.

From the First Mother of Mother’s Day to the Old Rugged Cross.  Cardboard Classics to T-Ball.  The Walk for Warmth to the Festival of the Forks.  What might be the world’s largest Coke Mural.  Albion is special!

Starr Commonwealth 100 Year Anniversary - by Frank Passic

Starr Commonwealth 100 Year Anniversary – by Frank Passic

Morning Star, February 24, 2012, pg. 16One of Albion’s most revered institutions will be celebrating a very big anniversary later ...
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The Pagoda (Little Red Lunch Box) - by Frank Passic

The Pagoda (Little Red Lunch Box) – by Frank Passic

Morning Star, February 17, 2002, pg. 11 There’s a business in town that is 75 years old this year and ...
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Cozy Up with Art 2019

Cozy Up with Art is an Albion tradition that began in 2003 as an event to spend time with friends ...
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1901 GEORGE DEAN SIDEWALKS  - by Frank Passic

1901 GEORGE DEAN SIDEWALKS – by Frank Passic

G. E. DEAN 1901 Sidewalk Stamp Morning Star, June 14, 1998, pg. 2 I’d like to add an historical footnote ...
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UNION STEEL ORIGINALLY LOCATED JUST WEST OF DOWNTOWN ALBION  - by Frank Passic

UNION STEEL ORIGINALLY LOCATED JUST WEST OF DOWNTOWN ALBION – by Frank Passic

First Albion Union Steel Location in 1905 Albion Recorder, November 17, 1997, pg. 4-A The recent announcement that the City ...
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Purple Gang - Part 2 - by Frank Passic

Purple Gang – Part 2 – by Frank Passic

THE PURPLE GANG, PART 2 Morning Star, December 15, 1996, pg. 21 (Continued from December 8, 1996). The Fleishers also ...
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Purple Gang - Part 1 - by Frank Passic

Purple Gang – Part 1 – by Frank Passic

THE PURPLE GANG, PART I Morning Star, December 8, 1996, pg. 21This is my long-awaited and overdue article(s) about the ...
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Caminata – a three-month pilgrimage

Below -  a gallery of Albion's material culture that gathered, catalogued and displayed at the Bobbitt Visual Arts Center at ...
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UNION STEEL PRODUCTS SITE - by Frank Passic

UNION STEEL PRODUCTS SITE – by Frank Passic

Union Steel, Huron Street Location Morning Star, March 10, 2002, pg. 19 It was good to see the big turnout ...
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Mother's Day in Albion

Mother’s Day in Albion

This portrait of Juliette Calhoun Blakeley is in the Gardner House Museum. On May 13, 1877, the second Sunday of ...
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