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Check back every week for 10 new questions, until we get to 200! 

Developed by the Ann Arbor Bicentennial History Subcommittee and other Ann Arbor Contributors.

Contributors: Jeff and Christine Crockett, Susan Wineberg, Carol Mull, Norm and Ilene Tyler, Bev Willis, Shirley Beckley, Tom Stulberg, Patti Smith, Michelle McClellan, Heidi Metzger, Julie Ritter, Tracey Van Dusen, Lynn Borset, Peter Eckstein, Kitty Kahn, Alan Haber, Andy Crockett, Amy Seetoo, Elmo Morales, Dr. Luay Shilabi, Polly Pan, Artemis Leontis, Vassilios Lambropoulus, Clare Kinberg, Elizabeth Bishop, Andrew MacLaren, and Elleanor Crown.

1900 -1999

70. Who became the University of Michigan’s first Poet-in-Residence in 1921?

A. ee cummings

B. Wallace Stevens

C. Robert Frost

D. Ezra Pound

69. Built in 1911, this school has a belfry and was constructed of field stone using some of the stone taken from a school on the same spot built in 1827.  What is the name of this school?

A. Community School

B. Stone School

C. Cobblestone School

D. Bach School

68. What Ann Arbor Mayor and school board president went on to become a US Senator from New York?

A. Arthur Brown

B. Charles Hiscock

C. James Henderson

D. Royal Copeland

67. 16 US Presidents have visited Ann Arbor.  Which President did not?

A. Woodrow Wilson

B. Barack Obama

C. John F. Kennedy

D. George W. Bush

E. William Howard Taft

66. Famed architect Albert Kahn designed the following buildings:

A. The U-M Clements Library

B. The Campbell-Hays House on Washtenaw Ave

C. The Patterson House on Hill St.

D. All of the above

65. World Heavyweight Champion boxer Jack Johnson said that throughout his career, there were none, even in the championship bouts, which were harder than those three with Hank Griffin. After his retirement from active boxing, Griffin owned a hotel and a boxing gym in Ann Arbor, until his death on May 2, 1911. Where was it located?

A. 220 Sunset Road

B. 420 N. Fourth Avenue

C. 209-211 N. Fourth Avenue

D. 117 E. Ann Street

64. What three businesses were started by three brothers who immigrated from Germany to Ann Arbor in the 1920s?

A. Metzger’s German Restaurant, Deluxe Bakery, Old German

B. Old German, Metzger’s German Restaurant, Quality Bakery

C. Metzger’s German Restaurant, Heidelberg, Old German

D. None of the above

63. Where in Ann Arbor did Gerald and Betty Ford spend their wedding night?

A. The Michigan League

B. Weber’s Hotel

C. Allenel Hotel

D. Bell Tower

62. The first local golf course with at least nine holes was:

A. Leslie Park Golf Course

B. Ann Arbor Golf and Outing Club

C. Huron Hills Golf Course

D. Hickory Sticks Golf Course

61. What U-M Law School dean became the first chairman of the Interstate Commerce Commission?

A. Thomas M. Cooley

B. Lee Bollinger

C. Harry B. Hutchins

D. Henry W. Rogers

60. The Wuerth Theater presented the first sound film in Ann Arbor, called:

A. “Weary River”

B. “Why Sailors Go Wrong”

C. “A Girl in Every Port”

D. “The Ghost Talks”

59. The buildings at 415 W. Washington:

A. Sit within the Allen Creek Floodplain

B. Are in the Old West Side Historic District

C. Are associated with the WPA (Works Progress Administration) launched during the Great Depression.

D. All of the above

58. What was the name of the grocery store that previously occupied the building that is now Zingermans and was founded in 1902?

A. King and Lamb Grocery

B. Corner Grocery

C. Disderide’s Grocery

D. Northwest Grocery


57. St. Thomas Church at 530 Elizabeth St. was dedicated in 1899 and completed in 1905. What style of architecture does St. Thomas Church represent?

A. Gothic Revival

B. Romanesque Revival

C. Second Empire

D. Italianate

56. Two women from China received their medical degrees from the University of Michigan in 1896. When they returned to China, they established a hospital and became role models for other women across China and inspired generations of women to become medical professionals.

A. Hong Shu and Mae Wong

B. Mary Stone and Ida Kahn

C. Soo Chin and Lin Tsu

D. Anna Tsao and Sequi Xi

55. The first grand piano in Ann Arbor can be seen today at:

A. UM North Campus

B. King’s Keyboard House

C. Kempf House Museum

D. Cobblestone Farm Museum

54. The Old Town Tavern is the latest of a series of bars at 122 W. Liberty St.  The first bar which opened in 1898 was called:

A. Pawly’s Tavern

B. Liberty Inn

C. Joe Parker’s Saloon

D. The Bismark

53. At what Ann Arbor park can you walk an original Native American trail?

A. West

B. Mallet’s Creek

C. Bird Hills

D. Felch

52. What African American Church was built at 632 N. Fourth in 1891?

A. New Hope Baptist Church

B. Second Baptist Church

C. Bethel AME

D. New Union Church

51. Who are the two American Revolution Patriots buried at Forest Hill Cemetery, honored with a plaque in 2022?

A. John Terhune and Josiah Cutler

B. Benjamin Woodruff and Josiah Cutler

C. John Allen and James B. Angel

D. John Jones and David Fox

50. The University Musical Society was formed in 1880 by members of the German community (town) and University Faculty and Staff (gown). In its almost 150-year history, it has staged classical and jazz performances, and produced dance events and some theater events. It has also:

A. Hosted a production of Handel’s Messiah since its inception

B. Been housed in Burton Tower

C. Is NOT officially part of the University of Michigan

D. Hosted famous musicians including Leonard Bernstein and Vladimir Horowitz

E. All of the above

49. Mary Clark and her sisters ran a private girls' school from 1839 to 1875 on the northwest corner of E. Kingsley and Division.  She specialized in:

A. English

B. Botany

C. Manners

D. History

48. What was the coldest day ever in Ann Arbor, when it hit -23 degrees Fahrenheit?

A. February 11, 1885

B. January 19, 1894

C. January 1, 1900

D. January 31, 1908

47. The DKE Shant designed in 1878 by Le Baron Jenney at 611 East William represents what style of architecture?

A. Romanesque Revival Gothic Revival

B. Gothic Revival

C. Greek Revival

D. Italianate

46. She was the nation’s first Black female dentist and the UM Dental School’s first Black female graduate in 1890. Who was she?

A. Henrietta Graham

B. Ida Gray Nelson Rollins

C. Ida B. Wells

D. Virginia Watts

45. Who was the first Jewish Ann Arbor alderman in 1859?

A. Philip Bach

B. Moses Gunn

C. Jacob Weil

D. Allan Kensky

44. Who was Sarah Caswell Angell for whom the Ann Arbor chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is named?

A. A founder of the Michigan Women’s League

B. Revolutionary Patriot

C. Wife of James B. Angell, President of the University of Michigan

D. A and C

43. The Kempf House Museum is located at 312 S. Division.  What was Reuben Kempf’s profession?

A. Carpenter

B. Newspaper reporter

C. Hardware store owner

D. Piano and organ teacher

42. What is the only church in Ann Arbor still on its original site?

A. St. Andrews Episcopal Church

B. St. Thomas The Apostle Catholic Church

C. First Baptist Church

D. Bethel A.M.E. Church

41. In 1851, Richard Glazier and Robert B. Glasier built The Quaker Meeting House, the site of a riot against abolitionists in 1860. Where is this building located?

A. 511 E. Ann

B. 712 E. Ann

C. 410 N. State

D. 324 Catherine

40. What is the oldest funeral home in Ann Arbor, founded in 1852?

A. Mape’s Funeral Home

B. Nie Funeral Home

C. Muehlig’s Funeral Home

D. Staffan’s Funeral Home

39. Wahr's, an important business on Main Street, was:

A. a bakery

B. a barber shop

C. a men's clothing store

D. a bookstore

38. Which was a movie theater in Ann Arbor?

A. The Rae on Huron St.

B. Orpheum on Main St.

C. The Star on E. Washington

D. The Majestic on Maynard

E. All of the above

37. Which was NOT a historic brewery in Ann Arbor?

A. Northern

B. Southern

C. Central

D. Western

36. In 1879, who was U of M’s first football opponent?

A. Racine College

B. University of Illinois

C. Albion College

D. University of Chicago

35. Who was the first Asian Student (Japanese) at the University of Michigan, attending from 1872 to 1874?

A. Kenjiro Nomura

B. Isami Doi

C. Joseph Yamagiwa

D. Saiske Tagai

34. By 1865, the University of Michigan had the largest student enrollment in the country.  How many students were enrolled at that time?

A. 570

B. 861

C. 1145

D. 1219

33. Which church in Ann Arbor hosted a speech by Wendell Philipps, a famous abolitionist, in April 1862 despite threats of harm to the church?

A. First Presbyterian Church

B. St. Andrews Episcopal Church

C. St. Thomas Catholic Church

D. First Congregational Church

32. Which local merchant and developer bought and began subdividing parcels in 1845 on a tract of land now known as the Old West Side?

A. James Kingsley

B. William Maynard

C. Anson Brown

D. Phillip Bach

31. Christian Eberbach started the Eberbach Corporation, still in existence today, in 1843.  Eberbach is a manufacturer of what product line?

A. Laboratory equipment

B. Fertilizer

C. Plows and harnesses

D. Furniture

30. The first university building devoted to instruction opened in 1841 was:

A. Mason Hall

B. Tappan Hall

C. Angell Hall

D. Haven Hall

29. What do the following men have in common: Lyman Norris, George Parmelee, Judson Collins, William Weeson, Merchant Goodrich, and George Pray? 

A. The first U of M football players (1901)

B. The first enrolled students at U of M (1841)

C. The first instructors at U of M (1818)

D. The first graduates of U of M (1845)

28. Built in 1840, the oldest building on U of M’s campus is the:

A. Clements Library

B. President’s House

C. Ruthven Building

D. Angell Hall

27. Who built Cobblestone Farm in 1844?

A. Benajah Ticknor

B. James Kingsley

D. William Maynard

D. Christian Eberbach

26. What was the name of the first circus to appear in Ann Arbor in 1842?

A. Barnum and Bailey

B. Ringling Brothers

C. Robinson’s Circus

D. Bowery Amphitheater of New York

25. The Ann Arbor City Club is located on the original farm of Evart Scott, who planted trees along Washtenaw Ave and called his farm:

A. Fair Oaks Farm

B. Elm Fruit Farm

C. Scott’s Oak Acres

D. Shady Maple Farm

24. Theodore Foster and Rev. Guy Beckley started the Signal of Liberty in Ann Arbor in April of 1841, which was:

A. A tavern

B. A magazine about government

C. A group dedicated to Michigan statehood.

D. An antislavery newspaper

23. Who was the first director of the Detroit Observatory in 1854?

A. Franz Brünnow

B. Henry Tappan

C. James C. Watson

D. Henry Fitz

22. In the spring of 1882, he was a starting catcher on the U-M varsity baseball team, becoming the first African-American to play sports at Michigan. Who was he?

A. Jackie Robinson

B. Bud Fowler

C. Moses Fleetwood Walker

D. Satchel Paige

21. What Ann Arbor building is the first in Michigan accepted to the U.S. Network to Freedom list of Underground Railroad sites?

A. First Congregational Church

B. Rev. Guy Beckley House

C. Second Baptist Church

D. Fairview Cemetery

20. Doctor Daniel Kellogg was best known for:

A. Founding the Kellogg Eye Center, and donating the land on Wall Street where it now stands

B. Being a clairvoyant physician who communicated with spirits and sold medicines, such as Kellogg's Magic Red Drops

C. Founding a cereal company in Ann Arbor, which he later moved to Battle Creek

D. Endowing the Kellogg School of Management at U of M, now called Ross School of Business

19. Which railroad went through Ann Arbor and linked to Lake Michigan at Frankfort, Michigan?

A. Michigan Central Railroad

B. Toledo and Ann Arbor Railroad

C. Pere Marquette Railroad

D. Grand Trunk Railroad

18. Which current Ann Arbor historical group was formed in 1857?

A. Ann Arbor Historic Foundation

B. Washtenaw County Historical Society

C. Ann Arbor Questers

D. The Old Fourth Ward Historic District Association

17. In the 1850s, Ann Arbor’s German population boomed and citizens enjoyed a:

A. German newspaper

B. German-taught public elementary school

C. German church

D. German bakeries

E. All of the above

16. What was the first hardware store in Ann Arbor, founded in 1835?

A. Schumacher Hardware

B. Dennis and Goodspeed Hardware

C. Eberbach Hardware

D. Schlenkers Hardware

15. What was the name of the first daily newspaper in Ann Arbor, which started in 1829?

A. Ann Arbor News

B. The Washtenaw Whig

C. The Western Emigrant

D. Michigan Argus

14. What is considered one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in America?

A. Sylvester Noble House

B. Andrew DeForest House

C. Moses and Jane Gunn House

D. Wilson-Wahr House

13. Ann Arbor was once under consideration to be:

A. The state capital

B. Site of the first prison

C. Home of MSU

D. The location for the first theater in Michigan

12. What was the first commercial building in Ann Arbor built in 1832?

A. Anson Brown Building

B. Northern Brewery

C. Dr. Kellogg’s Medical Works

D. Allmendinger Organ Factory

11. Who walked from Pennsylvania to purchase land on the Huron River in 1824?

A. John Geddes

B. James Kingsley

C. James Ashley

D. Eber White

10. Waves of immigrants came to Ann Arbor in the 1840s. What prompted this immigration?

A. The Potato Famine of Ireland

B. The cholera epidemic in England

C. The Highland Clearances of Scotland

D. The German Revolution of 1846

E. All of the above

9. The first meeting to form a statewide antislavery society was held in 1836 at:

A. First Presbyterian Church

B. Rev. Guy Beckley House

C. Courthouse Square

D. Quaker Meeting House

8. Who was the first elected Mayor of Ann Arbor?

A. James Kingsley

B. Philip Bach

C. William Maynard

D. George Sedgwick

7. What year did Ann Arbor become incorporated as a city?

A. 1824

B. 1829

C. 1851

D. 1879

6. John Allen’s log house at Huron and Main was named:

A. Newcomers Tavern

B. Ye Olde Brick Inn

C. Bloody Corners

D. Traveler’s Rest

5. How did Ann Arbor get its name? 

A. Two Anns were knitting and gossiping under a grape arbor

B. The founders named it after their wives, Ann and Mary Ann, and the groves of burr oak trees

C. The founders got here and exclaimed, "Look!  An Arbor!”

D. The two wives of the founders made them build an arbor for them

4. What was the population of Ann Arbor in 1825?

A. 50

B. 256

C. 300

D. 3500

3. To found the village of Ann Arbor, founders John Allen and Elisha Rumsey paid $800 to the Federal government in 1824. How many acres were bought from the Federal government in 1824 for the land that they originally called the Village of Annarbour?

A. 10

B. 100

C. 640

D. 925

2. What was the University of Michigan called when founded in Detroit in 1817?

A. Michigania

B. Catholepistemiad

C. University of Detroit

D. University of Toledo

1. The tribes of the Indigenous peoples who lived in Michigan at the time of the founding of Ann Arbor were the Chippewa, Ottawa, and Potawatomi Indians. They were known collectively as the: 

A. The Great Lakes Pow Wow

B. Confederated Tribes of the Anishinaabe

C. Council of the Three Fires

D. The Nokomi Federation

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