City marks 90th birthday with films, tributes

Sunday Times Newspapers

LINCOLN PARK – What may be the oldest assembly of seniors to ever fill the high school auditorium will gather next month to help celebrate the 90 years that have passed since Lincoln Park became a city in 1925.

Jeff Day, curator of the Lincoln Park Historical Museum, said about 140 residents have been invited as special guests – those who were born in either 1924 or 1925 – to a special screening open to all residents beginning at 1 p.m. Nov. 7 of two classic films from the era: Charlie Chaplin’s “The Gold Rush” and “The Phantom of the Opera” with Lon Chaney.

Day said the event – co-hosted by the city and Lincoln Park Public Schools – is part of the ongoing 90th anniversary since the municipality was incorporated.

During intermission between the films city officials will recognize the latest “Legends of Lincoln Park” awards that had started in 2014. This year’s honorees will be the Lincoln Park Exchange Club, which chartered in 1925 as an early chapter of the National Exchange Club that had been founded in Detroit in 1911; and the Mixter family law practice that was launched by Frank Mixter in 1925 when he moved his growing family from Detroit. Both father and son – Frank and Ken Mixter – practiced law in the city for decades, and the elder was immortalized when Mixter Elementary School opened in 1956.

The event is free to the public, and will be held at Lincoln Park High School, 1701 Champaign Road.

For more information contact the Historical Society at 313-386-3137 or go to

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