letter http://michiganradio.org en Discovering Michigan's history through letters http://michiganradio.org/post/discovering-michigans-history-through-letters <p>When it comes to connecting with those who have gone before us -- learning from them, discovering the differences and the similarities between us and great-great-grandma's generation -- you just can't beat a letter.</p><p>The words and thoughts that someone puts down on paper can speak clearly through the years and the centuries. And they're worth heeding.</p><p>That's the idea behind <a href="http://www.michiganinletters.org/">Michigan In Letters</a>, an online collection. One of the contributors to Michigan In Letters is John Fierst with the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University.</p><p>Fierst joined us today to discuss the collection.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 21:04:40 +0000 Stateside Staff 13736 at http://michiganradio.org Discovering Michigan's history through letters Stateside for Monday, July 29th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-july-29th-2013 <p>Today we focused our attention on what it takes to run an auto company, and the future of Michigan’s automakers.</p><p>And, we met a real life "Rosie the Riveter." She helped turn out bombers at the Willow Run Bomber Plant nearly 70 years ago.</p><p>And, we a got a preview of this year's Traverse City Film Festival, which kicks off this week.</p><p>Also, we took a look at what invasive plant species are threatening the Great Lakes and what can be done to stop them.</p><p>And, more and more people are doing their shopping on their smart phones. We spoke with a man from Ann Arbor who created an app to help with mobile shopping.</p><p>Also, John Fierst with the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University joined us to discuss Michigan In Letters, an online collection of letters that give insight to Michigan’s past.</p><p>First on the show, it's been just over a week since Detroit became the largest city in American history to file for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 9.</p><p>Until now, that unwanted distinction belonged to Stockton, California.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Earlier this year, Bridge Magazine writer Ron French wrote an&nbsp;<a href="http://bridgemi.com/2013/07/stockton-vallejo-warn-detroit-you-aint-seen-nothin-yet/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">article</a>&nbsp;about his visit to bankrupt Stockton and Vallejo, a California town that has emerged from bankruptcy.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">As Ron puts it, if Stockton is an example of a city just being diagnosed with fiscal "cancer," Vallejo is a community that has finished chemotherapy. And so far nobody seems particularly thrilled with the results.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Ron French joined us today.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 20:57:08 +0000 Stateside Staff 13741 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, July 29th, 2013 Letter from boot camp in 1953 returned to sender http://michiganradio.org/post/letter-boot-camp-1953-returned-sender <p>An ex-soldier living in southwestern Michigan says the U.S. Postal Service has returned a letter he wrote to his wife from boot camp 60 years ago.</p> Sun, 17 Mar 2013 19:50:06 +0000 Associated Press 11731 at http://michiganradio.org Letter from boot camp in 1953 returned to sender Obama letter provides economic stimulus http://michiganradio.org/post/obama-letter-provides-economic-stimulus <p>A woman from Monroe, Michigan made news last week when she sold her hand written letter from President Barack Obama for $7,000.</p> Wed, 10 Nov 2010 16:55:15 +0000 Mark Brush 303 at http://michiganradio.org Obama letter provides economic stimulus