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Access Title:Items for Sale in the Canteen
File Type: Photographs
Description: Items for sale in the hospital canteen. Most expensive item pictured is a camera for $27. Prices of items are visible
Date: unknown

Access Title:Interview with Rose Solak
Person/People: Solak, Rose
File Type: Sound Recordings
Description: Ms Solak, a volunteer at the medical center for 25 years, spoke with Don McCatty on March 8, 2006. She talked about: 2:45min - Lucille Mader 4:50min - Veteran patients especially those in Nursing Home Unit, entertainment for the patients 16:15min - Dearborn Memorial Parade 17:50 min - 'Adopt a Veteran' campaign 21:05min - Golden Age Games 23:15min - Dedication of the Allen Park VA memorial, 25:05min - Homeless veterans 27:25min - Youth volunteers, school children and the scholarship program
Date: 2006-03-08

Access Title:26 Groups Entertain Hospitalized Vets
Person/People: Kirkwood, Mrs Arthur
File Type: Clippings
Description: Veteran patients were entertained at the annual VAVA party staged by 26 organizations. The program was done in cabaret style with hostesses in formals, and Santa Claus made an appearance.
Date: 1955-01-06

Access Title:The "Greenhouse"
File Type: Photographs
Description: Photograph of 1 of 2 identical structures known as the "greenhouse." They were located on the grounds of the hospital, one on each side. Prior to being moved to the grounds of the Allen Park VA Hospital, it was utilized as a functioning greenhouse at Fairlane, Ford's Dearborn estate. At the hospital they primarily used for casual socializing and/or more formal occasions events.

Access Title:Stage for Entertainers at the Carnival
File Type: Photographs
Description: Stage set up in the midst of tents for the annual Carnival on the grounds of the Allen Park Veterans Hospital.
Date: 1955

Access Title:Lucile Ball with Two Patients
Person/People: Ball, Lucille
File Type: Photographs
Description: Actress Lucille Ball pictured seated with two veteran patients in wheelchairs.
Date: 194x

Access Title:Service-Injured Patients Minority at Dearborn Veterans Hospital
Person/People: Thomas, Dr. Morris C.
File Type: Clippings
Description: Newspaper article exploring financial demographics of Allen Park VA Hospital patients. Needy Ex-GI's, Including 6 Women Occupy Most of units Beds.
Date: 1959-08-09

Access Title:A Real Kick
Person/People: Norris, Chuck
File Type: Clippings
Description: Detroit News article and photos about actor Chuck Norris' visit to the Allen Park Veterans Hospital.
Date: 1986

Access Title:Outing at the Detroit Zoo
File Type: Photographs
Description: Black and white photograph of people on train at the Detroit Zoo. There are women who are probably Red Cross volunteers and men who are probably patients.
Date: unknown

Access Title:Disabled American Veterans Auxillary Presenting Television for Patients' Use
Person/People: Rudd, Donna
File Type: Photographs
Description: Five members of the Ladies Auxillary of the Disabled American Veterans are holding a small TV that they purchased for veterans to use.
Date: 195X?

Access Title:Carnival Tents on the Lawn
File Type: Photographs
Description: A number of tents set up on the front lawn of the Allen Park Veterans Hospital for the annual carnival event
Date: 1955

Access Title:Red Cross Pre-Easter party
Person/People: Champaine, Marie
File Type: Clippings
Description: Entertaining patients at a Red Cross pre-Easter party at Dearborn Veterans Hospital.
Date: 1951-03-03

Access Title:Interview with Virgina McElhone
Person/People: McElhone, Virgina Crane
File Type: Sound Recordings
Description: Ms McElhone is the daughter of Dr. Crane who was the first physician Director of Allen Park Veterans Hospital in the 1940's and 1950's. She grew up on the property and had her wedding reception there. She describes her memories of the early days of Allen Park. Issues discussed: Medical care around the time of World War II, 18:45min - Buildings on the hospital grounds,28:40min - Baseball games, 35:35min - Detroit replacement facility, 37:15min - Entertainers who came to the hospital included: Frankie Lane, Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, and Joey Brown, 43:48min - Race relations, 45:40min - The Ford Family, 48:40min - Drs. Gotleib and Kukudo, 50:55min - Thoughts on veterans 57:00 - 'Lightening and fireflys' 1:01:23min - Wedding memories
Date: 2006-01-07

Access Title:Monkey Act During 1955 Annual Lawn Carnival
File Type: Photographs
Description: Black and white photograph (4x5) of a money act during the 1955 Annual Lawn Carnival. A woman dressed in a ballerina type outfit and two monkeys can be seen on a wooden stage. One monkey is pushing the other.
Date: 1955

Access Title:Acrobats Performing at the Carnival
File Type: Photographs
Description: Three acrobats performing on stage that was set up on the grounds of the Allen Park Veterans Hospital.
Date: 1949

Access Title:Patients Exercising on the Lawn
File Type: Photographs
Description: Photgraph of a group of nine patients exercising on the lawn of the Allen Park Veterans hospital.
Date: Unknown

Access Title:Interview with Fay Detvay
Person/People: Detvay, Fay
File Type: Sound Recordings
Description: Ms Detvay, a volunteer at the medical center since 1957, talked to Don McCatty on January 23, 2006 about her memories of Allen Park and the Detroit VA Medical Center. Topics discussed: Nursing home patients, Vietnam Veterans, Recreation Therapy, The Scholarhip Program, Volunteerism, Youth, Carnivals 34:10min - Raymond G. Roehler, youth volunteer 38:15 min - Lucille Mader, Greenhouses 49:30min - Edward "Andy" Andrewjescki
Date: 2006-01-23

Access Title:Donating Radios
File Type: Photographs
Description: Photograph of six men whose hats say Dearborn Michigan 'Squirrel' and 'M.O.C. are shown donating new Motorola radios for patients at the Allen Park Veterans Hospital.
Date: unknown

Access Title:Chuck Norris Visit
Person/People: Norris, Chuck
File Type: Photographs
Description: Photo taken during 1988 visit of actor Chuck Norris to Veterans Hospital, Allen Park, MI.
Date: 1988

Access Title:One Man Army of World War I Dies Here at 72
Person/People: Korgis, Hercules E.
File Type: Clippings
Description: Newspaper obituary of Dearborn, MI resident Hercules E. Korgis, one of the most decorated U.S. soldiers of WWI. Died in Veterans Administration Hospital in Allen Park, MI.
Date: 1961-08-03

Access Title:All Male Chorus
File Type: Photographs
Description: Man is leading a group of possibly high school boys in what appears to be a Christmas concert. They are on stage in the auditorium of the hospital.
Date: unknown

Access Title:'Night Out' for Shut-In Vets
Person/People: Cameron, Mary Jane
File Type: Clippings
Description: "Night club party" at Dearborn Veterans Hospital. "Cigarette girl" Mary Jane Cameron gives some smokes to patients Richard Stranahan (Dearborn) and Raymond Blue (Drayton Plains).
Date: 1954

Access Title:Patients and Staff Member in Patient Library
File Type: Photographs
Description: Patient showing book to woman at desk in Patient Library while another patient reads at nearby table. Woman at desk is possibly Ms. Beatty, Chief Librarian.
Date: 1955

Access Title:Getting Their New Free Cars
Person/People: Anderson, Mrs. Glenn
File Type: Clippings
Description: Mrs. Glenn Anderson presenting car keys to Gerald Olbrecht (left) and Bert Harvey, two of the six disabled veterans who were given new, hand-operated 1946 cars--paid for by the government through the Rogers bill--at the Dearborn Veterans Hospital.
Date: 1940

Access Title:Four Veteran Patients at the Carnival
File Type: Photographs
Description: Four unidentified veteran patients enjoying themselves at a Carnival on hospital grounds. Three of them are wearing sombreros.
Date: 1955

Access Title:Allen Park VAMC Salutes Hospitalized Vets
Person/People: Starr, Bobbi
File Type: Newspapers
Description: During the week of February 13th Allen Park VA observed the annual National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans. First photo is of the students from Allen Park's Lindemann Grade School who visited the veterans in the Nursing Home Care Unit. Also pictured are Bobbi Starr of WCXI Radio, Debbie Lollo, Miss Allen Park 1984,Nancy Boileau, Miss Dearborn 1984.
Date: 1984

Access Title:Games in one of the 'Greenhouses'
File Type: Photographs
Description: One of the greenhouses on the lawn of the Allen Park Veterans Hospital is set up with games for the veterans
Date: 1955

Access Title:Veterans and Volunteers on the Park-Like Grounds
File Type: Photographs
Description: Park like setting on the grounds of the Allen Park Veterans Hospital. Patients and volunteers are a day outside
Date: 1955

Access Title:Carnival on Front Lawn of Allen Park Veterans Hospital
File Type: Photographs
Description: Group of people on the front lawn enjoying one of the annual carnival events at the Allen Park Veterans Hospital
Date: 1955

Access Title:Youths Entertain Hospitalized Vets
Person/People: Marleau, Jean
File Type: Clippings
Description: Photo and article about students at Wadsworth School of Dance entertaining patients at the Dearborn Veterans Hospital.
Date: 1950

Access Title:American Legion Display
File Type: Photographs
Description: Display of the American Legion Richard F Smith Post no. 29 on the grounds of the Allen Park Veterans Hospital. In front of the display are a large number of patients and members of the Post
Date: unknown

Access Title:Greeting Veteran Patients
Person/People: Kaye, Sammy
File Type: Photographs
Description: Miss Michigan of 1949 being introduced by Sammy Kaye to patients at the Dearborn Veterans Hospital.
Date: 1949

Access Title:She Teaches Men to Talk
Person/People: Kalfuss, Helene MD
File Type: Clippings
Description: D Kalfuss works with patients on the head and neck surgery ward at the Veterans Hospital. These patients have lost part of their part of their jaw, or tongue, but with help can learn to speak.
Date: 1970-06-16

Access Title:Interview with Ethel Kellie
Person/People: Kellie, Ethel
File Type: Sound Recordings
Description: Ms. Kellie, Coordinator of the Women Veterans Program, spoke with Don McCatty on February 24, 2006 about the evolution of women's health care in the VA system. Topics covered: Privacy issues, space allocation and 16:40min - PTSD in women, Military Sexual Trauma
Date: 2006-02-24

Access Title:Saluting Veterans
Person/People: Norris, Chuck
File Type: Clippings
Description: Photo of actor Chuck Norris talking with patient Leon Ward in rehabilitation unit.
Date: 1988-02-04

Access Title:Chuck Norris at Reception
Person/People: Norris, Chuck
File Type: Photographs
Description: Actor Chuck Norris is speaking with woman holding a microphone. They are in front of a table set up with refreshments. Vague view of neighborhood through window.
Date: 1988

Access Title:Inside of Van Designed for a Handicapped Driver
Person/People: Siguredson, Kenneth
File Type: Photographs
Description: Photograph showing the back of the driver's area which has been designed for a driver who is physically handicapped. Mr Siguredson is demonstrating. The wheelchair is accessible from the back of the van.
Date: Unknown

Access Title:Chuck Norris Visits with Patient at Bedside
Person/People: Norris, Chuck
File Type: Photographs
Description: Black and white photograph of actor Chuck Norris visiting with a patient during the National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans. The patient is in a hospital bed with an oxygen tube.
Date: 1988

Access Title:Lucille Ball with an Unidentified Veteran in a Wheelchair
Person/People: Ball, Lucille
File Type: Photographs
Description: Photograph of actress Lucille Ball with a veteran patient in a wheelchair
Date: 194x

Access Title:Lucille Mader
Person/People: Mader, Lucille
File Type: Photographs
Description: Photograph of Lucille Mader enjoying a party honoring Women in the Military
Date: 1993

Access Title:Presentation of Candelabra by Moms of America
File Type: Photographs
Description: Black and white photograph of three women and two men looking at candelabra presented by Moms of America. One of the three women is assumed to be Maude Kirkwood and one of the men is presumed to be Chaplain A. E. Christiansen. Setting is the chapel in the VA Hospital.
Date: 1952-10

Access Title:A Treat for Hospital Vets
Person/People: Brown, Margaret
File Type: Photographs
Description: Entertainers performing for patients at the Dearborn Veterans Hospital between rehearsals for a U.S.O benefit television show at Masonic Temple.
Date: 194x?

Access Title:1955 Annual Lawn Carnival
File Type: Photographs
Description: Black and white photograph (3.5x5) of a crowd of people of all ages enjoying the 1955 Annual Lawn Carnival. A man and woman are on a wooden platform performing a musical piece.
Date: 1955