MHPN Showcases a New/Old Friend for our 2011 Fall Benefit

Every year MHPN hosts a Fall Benefit in a unique and interesting historic site.  The events are typically in southeast or central Michigan, and always include a great time.  Past events have been held in a historic home in Lansing; at the Detroit Club, Detroit; the Municipal Building/Christman Building, Lansing; and the Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti.  Food, music, both a silent and live auction, and a chance to network with preservationists from across the state make the event the place to be each fall.

The proceeds from the benefit and the auctions help to support the ongoing operations of our organization and help to facilitate preservation in Michigan.

This year’s 17th annual fall fundraiser will be held on Friday, October 14, 2011, in the heart of Detroit’s historic Paradise Valley.  The Carr Center (311 E. Grand River) is the current home of the Arts League of Michigan, and formerly the Harmonie Club.  The Arts League embraces the urban revitalization of Detroit and serves as a home for artists, arts organizations, and artistic programs.  The Harmonie Club, a stunning Beaux Arts beauty, was constructed in 1895 and designed by German-American architect Richard E. Raseman.  It is a four-story brick and stone rectangular structure with a hipped-roof and sun-catching blonde masonry.

The building served as the club for the Harmonie Society, a musical organization of German immigrants, until the 1970s.  The Harmonie Society was founded in 1849 and is Detroit’s oldest musical association.  The Harmonie Club evolved into an important social institution for not only Germans, but for many ethnic groups in Detroit, offering fining dining, musical events, card rooms, lounges, a tavern and a bowling alley.  The club became one of the most prestigious organizations in Detroit and a landmark in Detroit’s architectural, social and cultural history.  The club was sold in 1974 and remained vacant until the late 1990s.  The Harmonie Club is listed in both the State Register and the National Register of Historic Places.

Never been to a MHPN Fall Benefit? Well, this year we are pleased to provide a few teasers about the silent and live auction items (watch for updates as more donations are received – or find out how to donate by following this link).

  •  2 Private Lessons, 1 Group lesson, 1 supervised lesson by the Arthur Murray Dance Studio
  • 2 passes for the Cincinnati Museum Center
  • Detroit Area Memorabilia Basket, including; stainless steel fork and knife from J.L. Hudson’s flagship Detroit store restaurant, Cranbrook School bronze crane (2”x 2”), Celebrating Saarinen GM Technical Center CD, Blank card – Griswold Street, Post Card – Tiger Stadium, Tiger Stadium booklet by Richard J. Moss, 1976, The Making of the Model T – 100th Anniversary Exhibit Booklet
  • 1 year family membership to the Detroit Historical Museum and Dossin Great Lakes Museum
  •  2 tickets to a Detroit Symphony Orchestra concert during 2011-2012 season
  • Detroit Zoological Society – 4 admission tickets
  • Certificate for one stress-relieving treatment at the Douglas J. Aveda Institute
  • 1830s antique desk
  • 4 tickets to Henry Ford Museum or Greenfield Village
  • 2 tickets for the S.S. Badger, the famous Lake Michigan Carferry
  • 2 tickets to any Lansing Lugnuts 2012 game
  • 1 hour of antique appraisal services ($200 value)
  • 2 tickets for the MSU Museum Chocolate Party
  • 2 tickets to the MSU Museum Wine Tasting
  • 2 sample packets with tote bags from the Ann Arbor based Old House Gardens
  • Behind the scenes tour of the Pewabic Pottery – includes a 1-yr membership to Pewabic Society and a 4×4 Detroit skyline tile
  • 8×10 ink line drawing of home or business done by MHPN Board Member, Randy Case, AIA
  • 2 tickets to University of Michigan Homecoming Game on 10.29.11
  • Imported from Detroit package including t-shirt, bumper sticker, poster
  • 9 modern plate glass shelves from a mid-century ranch
  • 2 tickets for any bike tour by Wheelhouse Detroit

And a whole lot more!

Have something you would like to donate? Follow this link!

Learn more and register online now by following this link!  Or, RSVP by contacting the Michigan Historic Preservation Network at 517-371-8080 or

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