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The old fire house at the corner of Douglas Avenue and North Street. Click through the slideshow to see pictures of the newly remodeled Station 5.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

After sitting vacant for about four years, the old Douglas fire house in Kalamazoo has undergone a $156,000 renovation to become a new community center. The station, at the corner of Douglas Avenue and North Street, was built in 1908 - back when fire trucks were pulled by horse teams. 


Andrew Medichini, The Associated Press / AP

Western Michigan University History Professor Anise Strong says she wrote her new book on Roman history to “get beyond this idea that there are these rigid categories of good and bad women.” 


Cheyna Roth, Michigan Public Radio Network

(MPRN-Lansing) The Capitol Commission has been working to restore these so-called “missing governors” for just over a year. Now Governor Kinsley Bingham, who served as governor from 1854 to 1859, will take his place on the walls of the Capitol. 

Associated Press / AP

According to legend, actor and director Orson Welles scared more than just the pants off an anxious nation with his famous 1938  War of the Worlds radio broadcast. But a Michigan historian and author says the myth that the show led to The Night That Panicked America, as a later TV movie called it, is just that: a myth. 


WMUK

Abraham Lincoln visited Michigan only once. He came to Kalamazoo to give speeches in Kalamazoo's Bronson Park 160 years ago, four years before he became president and the Civil War began. The Kalamazoo Abraham Lincoln Project will mark the event Saturday at the Kalamazoo Public Library. 


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