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The History of Detroit - Hospitals, Universities and Parks

Wednesday, February 1, 2023 | 11:00am - 12:00pm

Robert E. Sullivan, Jr., Attorney and sixth generation Detroiter, has taught a History of Detroit class at the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit and at Macomb Community College for several years.

Learn about the Detroit hospital where the world’s fi rst successful open-heart surgery using a mechanical heart took place, how the University of Michigan was founded in Detroit by Detroiters, and how Belle Isle Park was designed by famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted and the controversy that changed the design. Even learn how the great magician Harry Houdini died at a Detroit hospital. Learn all this and much more!

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