Recovered train station artifacts give inspiration for Ford festival
Dearborn — When Ford Motor Co. announced in June its purchase of the Michigan Central Depot, calls began to come in from people who had artifacts from the 1913 historic building.
On Friday, the automaker offered a preview of recovered items, including a large iron clock face, elevator call buttons and tickets. The early look comes as Ford prepares to showcase most of the artifacts during its 10-day winter festival beginning Jan. 18 in front of the train station.
“They can serve as inspiration,” said Ted Ryan, Ford archives and heritage brand manager, of the items. “It’s too early to say if they’ll be reused, but if you know what something looked like even if you don’t recreate it exactly, it gives you an inspiration. A design guide, a design basis to move forward.”
The festival comes a month after Ford began the first of three phases of renovation work on the building that in 2022 will serve as an anchor for the company’s $740 million Corktown campus for its autonomous technology and electrification departments.
Leslie Armbruster, archive manager for Ford, estimates that 30-40 items have been recovered so far. They’re stored at the Ford Motor Co. Archives in Dearborn. The items will be displayed in a festival exhibition done in conjunction with the Detroit Historical Museum, she said.
The return of the artifacts first began in June when a man called the Henry Ford Museum to say that he had an iron clock face he’d taken from the train station. After a series of cryptic text with the auto company, the man, who wanted to remain anonymous, led workers to pick up the clock outside a Corktown building near the train station, Ryan said.
panied to court by two women, made no statement and was handcuffed by deputies and led off to the Oakland County Jail.
Following the court appearance, Glaza declined to comment on the case or his client.
Rochester Community Schools officials did not release details of the incidents other than they happened after school hours. The district said Houghtaling was fired Tuesday after an internal investigation of incidents that allegedly occurred in November and December.
“The safety and welfare of our students and staff is always our primary concern,” Superintendent Robert Shaner said in a statement Thursday. “We are thankful for our partnership with the Rochester Police Department, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, and our security consultants who help us in our efforts to keep our children safe.”
“Rochester Community Schools is committed to providing a safe, positive, and supportive learning environment for every student,” Shaner said. “District personnel are required to meet the highest standards of personal integrity, professionalism, and performance. Employees whose conduct or performance falls short of expectations will be subject to disciplinary action, or in this case, termination.”
Ted Ryan, Ford archives and heritage brand manager, stands next to a clock face that once adorned the Michigan Central Depot.
A ticket stub given to Ford Motor Co.