DEARBORN, Michigan – On July 1, 1931, Henry and Edsel Ford hosted many noted dignitaries at the opening of the Dearborn Inn, located directly across the street from the Ford Airport on Oakwood Blvd.
80 years later, a new book about the history of Dearborn Inn has been written by Jennifer (Czerwick) Ganem, and published by Arcadia as part of their Images of America Series.
To celebrate, Dearborn Inn is hosting a champagne reception and book-signing event in the hotel lobby on Thursday, Nov. 10 between 5-8 p.m. The inn is anxious to show off the completion of a multi-year renovation throughout the hotel including the introduction of a new restaurant, Edison’s, as well as the conversion of the popular Ten Eyck Tavern restaurant to the hotel lounge.
Ganem began collecting Dearborn Inn memorabilia many years ago, and attributes a bed she owns from Dearborn Inn, a photo she found in the attic of her West Dearborn home and some Dearborn Inn dinner plates that a friend purchased, as the three intersecting reasons that she began researching the inn’s rich history.
“The book is written, but the story is just beginning,” Ganem says, as she is anxious to continue gathering memories and important pieces of history from those with information to share. “I look forward to meeting everyone who attends the book signing event.”
Most recently, the Dearborn Inn lobby and adjacent sun porch were completely refurbished. The classic black and white checkerboard marble floor was restored to its original luster, and new hand-tufted area rugs and furnishings were installed. Paint colors were selected to highlight the Albert Kahn – designed architectural features such as pilasters, crown moldings, and the decorative ceiling filigrees that surround the original chandeliers. While all of the lobby seating consists of new, traditional furnishings, many of the desks and side tables have been carefully refinished to retain a sense of the past.
Books will be available for purchase and to be signed by the author at the reception on Nov. 10. Ganem will also be signing books at Barnes and Noble in Allen Park on Saturday, Nov. 26, from 2-4 p.m. More details about the newly released book are available on Facebook, or Arcadia Publishing.
About the Author
Jennifer Czerwick Ganem, 47, is a native of Dearborn, Michigan. She is married to Paul Ganem and is mother to Alysandra and Andrew. Her life-long interest in Ford history has been encouraged by her parents Henry and MarleneCzerwick, and all were formerly tour guides at the Henry Ford Estate – Fair Lane.