Art major Che-Lin Aldridge contributes to inaugural exhibition at Hellenic Museum of MI...

The Detroit News

"New Hellenic Museum of Michigan adds a bit of ancient Hellas to Detroit"

by Michael H. Hodges

Detroit's brand-new Hellenic Museum of Michigan will open its doors to the public on Saturday. Opening festivities will include an official ribbon-cutting at the museum at 5 p.m., followed by a 6:30 p.m. gala reception to benefit the museum at the Detroit Institute of Arts. The house, with a renovation plan by Elisabeth Knibbe — the same architect who did the Inn on Ferry Street right behind the museum — will feature a first-floor exhibition on the history of Detroit's Greektown that Wayne State University students compiled, while the wider story of Greek history, complete with a useful timeline from 4,000 B.C. to the present, will be presented in three rooms on the second floor. Wayne State junior Che-Lin Aldridge, who went through hundreds of historic photos for the museum, sees it all as part of the dizzying ethnic tapestry that comprises the greater Detroit area. "It's so interesting how cultures blend together," she says.