What has always fascinated me is how culture and history are two concepts that are ever-changing and always in the making. They are evolving with every ticking of a clock as you readers are reading my penned-down thoughts. Change is the only way one can strive for the betterment of our collective goodness. But as things change, we instinctively find ways to hold on to memories that we attempt to immortalize. Historical museums show the past images from which one can learn and reflect while allowing us to imagine and keep the stories of people and places that make us who we are.
I chose “Streets of Old Detroit” because it helps us look back and visualize Detroit’s transformation from a rural frontier town to an industrial giant in the three periods: the 1840s, the 1870s, and the 1900s. The exhibition showed that shift from a small town with simple shops in the 1840s. Then in the 1870s, a stable and flourishing city brimming with skilled residents that develop new businesses and industries (steel, copper, shoes, tobacco, shipbuilding, stoves, seeds, paint, and pharmaceuticals, to mention a few). Finally, Detroit became one prosperous city with the industrial boom of the automobile in the 1900s.