Museum launches clock repair effort

LP Clock Repair

Photo courtesy Lincoln Park Historical Museum. Replacing the absent hands on the city’s tower clock is among the needed repairs that the Historical Museum and Loyal Order of Moose hope to take care of after a spring fundraiser. The iconic clock on Southfield Road was installed by the Verdin Clock Co. in 2002, and stopped ticking last year.

By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers

LINCOLN PARK – Fittingly the keepers of the city’s past are looking to make sure the landmark Verdin tower clock keeps time for years to come.

Jeff Day, curator of the Lincoln Park Historical Museum, said plans for the year ahead include the Historical Society’s first fundraiser in years to repair the iconic oversized timepiece.

“People see that every day, it’s an integral part of the community,” Day said.

The towering clock in front of the museum, 1335 Southfield Road, became inoperable last spring. Purchased in 2002 for about $24,000, Day said repairs are expected to cost about $5,800 to keep the hands moving. Company inspectors had said the motor, gears and bearings needed replacement.

Nearly $2,000 already been has raised – from the annual giving campaign – for parts replacements and computer upgrades, and a fundraising dinner to raise the balance will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. April 16 at the Loyal Order of Moose Hall, 1600 Fort St.

“It’s been kind of a landmark and worth putting the money into,” Day said.

The fundraiser marks one of many projects for the Historical Society and Museum, which reopened earlier this month after a brief closure for cleaning and catchup work.

Day said a permanent exhibit to honor The MC5 is expected to be complete by spring, likely to occupy the former postmaster’s office in the front of the iconic building. Last year’s special exhibit on the revolutionary rock band – that consisted of several Lincoln Park High School students among its original lineup – featured hundreds of items that were mostly on loan for the duration.

“We’re taking a look at what we have for a permanent exhibit,” Day said. “A collection that tells the story of the band’s years in Lincoln Park before they exploded on the national scene.”

Tickets for the spaghetti dinner fundraiser are $10 at the door, $5 for children 12 and under, or may be purchased in advance for $8 by contacting the Lincoln Park Historical Museum at 313-386-3137.

(James Mitchell can be reached at james.a.mitchell37@gmail.com.)