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20278 Old Homestead Dr., Harper Woods, MI 48225
Tel. (313) 886-5065 / Fax (313) 886-5993


The wonderful tour that the late Gene Strobel organized for people interested in Detroit's German heritage:

"Detroit 300" Bus Tour of "Germania in the Motown" Set for May 19.

Local historian and television host Eugene Strobel, Ph.D., announces that his latest guided city bus tour is scheduled for Saturday, May 19. In celebration of the tricentennial year of "Detroit 300," this is a special edition of his poplular "Germania in Detroit" tours. The personally guided six-hour, luxory motor coach trip will highlight a variety of Germanic historical and contemporaneous scenes of the city which, as Dr. Strobel characterizes it, "put the 'world on wheels'... and still does."

The tour will begin at 9 a.m. in front of the charming R. Hirt Company emporium, in the famed Eastern market near downtown, I-75 & Gratiot Avenue. Tickets are $45 per person and include a lunch of German meat balls and butter noodles with red cabbage as well as dessert and beverage at Karl Kurz' Dakota Inn Rathskeller. The unique excursion ends by 3 p.m. back at R. Hirt.

Among other sights, the tour will highlight German-American facets of Greektown, formerly Germantown; the Harmonie Park area; Gratiot Avenue, once known as the "Kurfürstendamm of the Midwest;" the Indian Village District and riverfront; Elmwood Cemetery and the University/Cultural Center. Also, there will be stops at the famous Fisher Building/ New Center and on Belle Isle Park. "Glorious religious edifices such as St. Mary's, Historic Trinity Lutheran and Temple Beth El along with the site of the city's second oldest Roman Catholic parish will be viewed, " promised Dr. Strobel.

Dr. Strobel haS conducted tours for many German visitors, such as passengers from the MS Columbus, and Consulate General staff and has given numerous lectures in the metropolitan area. He is currently writing a weekly "Detroit 300' Historical Fact" column for the Nordamerikanische Wochenpost and is authoring a 400-page illustrated book, The Germans of Greater Detroit, 1776-2000, sponsored by the Michigan Humanities Council. The professional educator is also the founder and president of the German-American Heritage Foundation International (GAHFI).

Checks for the tour should be made payable to: "GAHIF-History Project" and mailed to: E.Strobel, 20278 Old Homestead Drive, Harper Woods, MI 48225-2039. All profits go to the publication and dissemination of the book due in print October 6, 2001. Since seating is limited to only 45 passengers, payments should be mailed as soon as possilbe. Call 313-886-5065 for more information. (The touring schedule is subject to change without notice due to weather and other unforeseen circumstances.)

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Klaus Tappe