The New Detroit Historical Museum Exhibit Relives The Holiday Magic Of Hudson’s On Woodward – CBS Detroit

(CBS DETROIT)– The JL Hudson Building was located at 1206 Woodward Avenue until the doors closed in 1988 and the building was demolished 10 years later. More than a department store, it was a place where generations of families made history.

This story is told at the Detroit Historical Museum in a new three-story exhibit with 11 pop-up areas that tell the story of the iconic building.

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“Hudson’s toy land, which is really fun, kids can really enjoy it, they can run to the back and see the Christmas bear collection we have, but of course grown up kids can appreciate them too because I’m sure we had Christmas bears as children, ”said Tracy Irwin, chief Exhibitions and Enrichment Officer of the Detroit Historical Museum.

The lower level tells of Hudson’s beginnings when it was opened by founder JL Hudson in the late 19th century. There are also some special original artifacts.

“Pieces from the actual building, pieces that were sold in the original store. And we have napkins, linen napkins that we were told we couldn’t get the fact on, but we were told that they were the first thing JL Hudson sold, ”said Irwin.

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The museum says that during this time we all take a walk back in time and recreate some special memories or even create new ones by telling the stories of Hudson.

“We want you to come in and just go back in time, maybe forget your troubles for a moment,” said Irwin. Throughout December, the museum offers free holiday Sundays to showcase the Hudson’s Holidays exhibit. Visit during the museum’s opening hours (1 p.m. – 5 p.m. on December 5, 12, 19 and 26) for free general admission with special Christmas shopping opportunities and a program. More information is available at

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