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Art, history, and more to explore in Tecumseh on June 8 & 9

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By Bradley MacDonald | MLive Marketing Staff 
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on May 21, 2013 at 10:59 AM, updated May 21, 2013 at 12:00 PM

The innovative, timeless, and inviting town of Tecumseh, Michigan is revving up with many events that is sure to attract many to its beautiful downtown, located 25 miles southwest of Ann Arbor. June 8th and 9th will see many family friendly events perfectly suited for those who like to see history and revel in the arts. 

Upon arriving to Tecumseh, you'll immediately fall in the love with the downtown area -- one where you won't find places like Starbucks, but rather locally owned businesses with their Tecumseh Pride signs hanging in the window. 

After exploring downtown—which is easy to do just by walking—travel into the past through the Promenade Tecumseh Historic Home Tour, running on both the 8th and 9th. Visitors will tour three local homes, a downtown apartment, The Chicago Street Suite, The Inn on Evans and the historic James Block building from 11 am to 5 pm.

If you wish to continue your historic binge, you can hop over to the Tecumseh Historical Museum, located in a restored 1913 fieldstone church, to enjoy everything they have on display.

This weekend will also kick off the inaugural Art in the Park Art Show at John W. Smith Park on 804 North Evans Street. One of the best kept secrets about Tecumseh is its booming art community. Mary Lou Olds, Executive Director of Community Arts of Tecumseh, said the event is designed to create a headlining art event for Tecumseh and the surrounding areas. It's affordable, accessible, interactive, and most of all, wonderful.

This juried art show will feature 21 artists and their work which includes ceramics, photography, fiber art, and much more. Visitors will be able to peruse through the shady park and examine—and also buy—art from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday and 12 pm to 5 pm on Sunday.

Olds also said there would be children's activities like face-painting from 12 to 4, so be sure to bring the kids and help develop a love of arts for them at an early age. A food vendor will also be on site. Admission to the show is free and there is plentiful of free parking. 

Tecumseh is a destination that will send you back and experience historic buildings, a quaint downtown, and exquisite art.

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