Re­cov­ered train sta­tion ar­ti­facts give in­spi­ra­tion for Ford fes­ti­val

The Detroit News - - METRO - BY CANDICE WIL­LIAMS The Detroit News

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.”

Pho­tos by Max Or­tiz / The Detroit News

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.

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