The Voices of Cranbrook: History Speaks for Itself

Wednesday, April 18th 6:30pm
Cranbrook Art Museum deSalle Auditorium
39221 Woodward Avenue
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

Curated and presented by Leslie S. Edwards, Head Archivist, Cranbrook Archives, Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research

Sponsored by the Green Brick Foundation

$10 for Adults; $5 for Full-time Students with ID 
Free for Cranbrook Students, Faculty, and Staff (please email to RSVP)

Tickets may be purchased in advance online or at the door the day of the event. Advance ticket sales close Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 12:00pm. 

Join the Center’s Head Archivist Leslie Edwards for an evening of insight, surprise, and laughter. Through a presentation of audio clips, paired with archival images—carefully curated from the Archives’ collection of oral histories that includes more than 200 interviews recorded on a variety of media formats—the evening offers an opportunity to hear the voices of some of the people who helped shape Cranbrook, especially during the second half of the twentieth century.

While we do not have interviews with key founding figures like George Booth and Eliel Saarinen, interviewees including Booth cousin Edmund Pratt and the Academy of Art’s second president Zoltan Sepeshy will help shed light on their personalities. Others, like Brookside School’s dietitian Flora Leslie and the Cranbrook Foundation’s landscaper and trusted employee Dominick Vettraino, will provide glimpses of daily life on campus seldom told and often overlooked. The program will touch on all aspects of the Cranbrook community including art, education, religion, and science.

Edwards will also address the work that she and the archivists at Cranbrook Archives are doing to preserve and make accessible these fragile histories, the first-person accounts of our history.
Head Archivist Leslie S. Edwards joined Cranbrook Archives in 2002. As the campus historian, Leslie has focused her research, publications, and presentations not only on Cranbrook’s built environment and its founders, but also in bringing to light many of the lesser known individuals who have contributed to our storied past. Recent essays have included “Jayne Van Alstyne and Clay: Pottery and Design” (O Pioneers! Women Ceramic Artists, 1925-1960), “Feminizing Alcoa Aluminum: Marianne Strengell and the ‘Forecast Rug’ " (Journal of Modern Craft), and “Competition, Collaboration, and Connection: Cranbrook in 1939” (Michigan Modern: Design That Shaped America). She has a BA in Art Education from Michigan State University and an MLIS with a Certificate in Archival Administration from Wayne State University.  
Leslie S. Edwards

The presentation will take place at Cranbrook Art Museum in the deSalle Auditorium. On weekday evenings, please use Cranbrook’s main entrance, located at 39221 Woodward Avenue in Bloomfield Hills. Free parking is available in the Art Museum’s parking lot, on the east side of the museum. Overflow parking is available at Cranbrook Institute of Science in the parking deck. If you have additional questions or need information about barrier access to deSalle Auditorium, please call the Center at 248.645.3307.

Tickets may be purchased in advance online or at the door the day of the event. Advance ticket sales close Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 12:00pm.