Hug the Hall

by Leanne DeVreugd

Meadow Brook Hall (Rochester, MI) is Michigan’s newest National Historic Landmark.

Meadow Book Hall National Historic Landmark Plaque

In celebration of the honor, this historic house museum (a 1920s, Tudor-revival style, 110-mansion to be more precise) hosted the “Hug the Hall” event on Friday, July 20, 2012.

For 2 hours, flocks of history enthusiasts, summer-lovin’ families, and those who hold the house near and dear to their hearts mingled in the beautiful home and its gardens.  Activities scheduled for the day included free tours, rides in vintage Dodge cars, a scavenger hunt, live music, and a delicious picnic lunch served by the many volunteers and staff that support Meadow Brook Hall.  The conclusion of the event took place around 2 p.m., when all in attendance lined up around the house, embracing the landmark in a “hug.”  To enhance the celebration, balloons were released into the air.

Meadow Brook Hall Celebration – Waiting for Car Rides

Meadow Brook Hall has been a significant part of my life for the past 5 years, as I have been an events staff member and volunteer tour guide at the museum.  My love of historic preservation has grown from spending time in such a magnificent building.  As I have lead tours through the Hall, my appreciation for history and art has increased, and I have learned to notice unique architectural details in each room.   Best of all, I have interacted with both local and international visitors, reflecting the Hall’s appeal to guests around the globe.

Meadow Brook Hall Celebrants Gather in the Rock Garden

Just as I give my nearest and dearest friends enthusiastic hugs when I see them, I love the idea of “hugging” the Hall.  It’s an opportunity to celebrate and truly appreciate the role of this special place in my life and in my community.  Think about the landmarks around you – whether nationally recognized or just cherished by yourself – and take a moment to show your love!

Leanne is an active committee member for MHPN – serving on the Membership Committee for the last few years.
Want to see more of the hug, check out this YouTube video
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