Grants and ghosts

Sunday Times Newspapers

ALLEN PARK – The Historical Commission is pursuing grants and ghosts – both illusive entities – to pay for repairs at the 1888 Backhaus House, 15504 Englewood, home of the Historical Museum.

Museum Director Sharon Broglin met with Allen Park Citizens Civic Fund Directors Ray Tessier and Mary Lou Prevost, a grant writer, June 28 to discuss repairs and restoration needed by the museum’s historical building.

The intent of the recently formed APCCF is to help meet the financial needs of groups, events and activities within the city that local government and other non-profits can’t provide.

“They’re working great guns,” Broglin said. “They are all about history and this place, and they are working on a grant to help get a new roof and get stuff repaired, and possibly a grant to remove the paint and restore it back to its (original) red brick.”

Broglin said the APCCF directors also noted repairs needed on the porch and siding, deteriorating trim, and the need for a new furnace.

“They are feeling confident, so I hope that it will come true,” Broglin said. “There are a lot of grants out there. You just have to know how to do it. ”
In addition to grant applications, the Historical Commission is planning several events.

The Ghost Hunters of Southern Michigan return for the commission’s annual fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19, beginning with a presentation at the Community Center, 15800 White Ave., and concluding at the Backhaus House.

GHOSM members will have its detection equipment, and will interact with attendees.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Another fundraiser, “My Father’s Footlocker,” features the daughter of a chaplain and photographer to Gen. George Patton, who shares photos and relics she discovered after her father’s death, and recordings from Pearl Harbor Day.

It is tentatively planned for the evening of Dec. 7 at the Community Center. The $10 admission fee will be waived for veterans.

For information and reservations, call Broglin at 313-383-2453.

(Sue Suchyta can be reached at