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2021 Tours!!

July  13, 2021—
RELIGIOUS  TOUR  OF  DETROIT-(9:00-4:30)–JULY  13, 2021 ($60)
12:30- I:45—Lunch at  POLISH  VILLAGE  CAFE STEWART  PAYS!! (STEWART  PAYS  $17 for each meal!!!!!!!!)
Eat in STYLE—Kielbasa,  Mashed Potatoes,  Stuffed Cabbage, Sour  Kraut, & Dill Pickle Soup!!!!!!!
3:15–4:00—TOUR  THE  DOWNTOWN  SYNAGOGUE4:30——— Arrive  Back  in  EastpointeITINERARY—-Take  Stephens  Road.  to  GratiotLeft  on Gratiot  to ASSUMPTION GROTTO  CHURCHTake Gratiot to TRINITY  LUTHERAN
Left  on  Gratiot to Vandyke
Left on  Vandyke to Miller
Left  on  Miller  to  Mt. Elliott
Left on  Mt.  Elliott  to  Conant
Take  Mt. Conant  to  Mosque
Take  Conant  to   Hamtramck   Dr.
Left  on  Hamtramck  Dr. to  Joe Campau
Turn  right  on  Joe  Campau  to  Evaline
Right  on  Evaline  to  Charest
Left  on  Charest to  Polish  Village  Cafe 
Take  Yeman  to  Joe  Campau
Turn  on Joe Campau  to  Norwalk
Take  Norwalk  to  Latham
Left on  Latham  to  St. Florian  
Take  St. Florian to  Brombach
Take  Brombach  to  Holbrook
Left  on  Holbrook  to  Joe Campau
Right on  Joe  Campau to place where  Historic Signs are.
Get off bus.
Keep  on  going  on  Joe  Campau  to  Dan  Street
Turn left on  Dan and see the  Baseball Park  –   (Art *Pinky”  Deras was: “The Greatest  Little  Leaguer there ever was”)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   (HAMTRAMCK——“THE  WORLD  IN  TWO  SQUARE  MILES”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Keep  going  on  Joe Campau  to  The  Bridge (My T-SHIRT  is  just  like  that  painting on the bridge)
Turn  right  on  Hamtramck Dr. to  Grand  Boulevard
Take  Grand  Blvd  to Woodward
Turn  left on  Woodward  to Clifford
Right  on  Clifford  to  Griswald
Left on  Griswald  to  the  DOWNTOWN  SYNAGOGUE
Take   Griswald  to  Michigan
Left  on  Michigan  to  Larned
Left  on  Larned  to  Randolph
Right  on  Randolph  to  Jefferson

July  29, 2021
DETROIT  CELEBRITY  &  HOME  TOUR ($50) (9:00-4:30-5:00)
We will go by about 35 homes. Francis  F. Coppola,  Marvin Gaye, Henry Ford, M & M, Mike Wallace, Mary Wilson (she just died), Walter Ruether, Malcolm X, Jimmy Hoffa, Berry Gordy Jr., (Aretha Franklin, Smokey  Robinson, Diana Ross) John Delorean, John Dodge, Florence Ballard, Robert Wagner, Danny Thomas, George C. Scott, Gilda  Radnor, Stevie, Wonder, Dave DeBusschere, Jerome Bettis, Ty Cobb, Ivan Boesky, Ron Leflore, Rudy Tomjanovich, Casey Kasem, Sonny Bono, Carl Levin, Dennis Archer, & Elijah, Mohammed.

August 10, 2021-
BRUNCH at PENNE  LANE  AND  STAHL’S  WONDERFUL  AUTO  MUSEUM  ($35) (10:00-4:30)     For the first time in history we are starting with  BRUNCH. When you walk into this restaurant you’ll feel as you’re in one of the neighborhood bistros in New York City in Little Italy!!! From a warm GREETING to the scents of garlic, lemon, & olive oil you’ll know it’s  AUTHENTIC  ITALIAN!!!!! Next, we go to Stahl’s Auto Museum. This is a wonderful chance to view the history of the automobile.     The collection includes over 100  makes & models from around the WORLD.  To see many vintage cars that are perfectly restored to the last detail. The ability to get up close & walk around these vehicles will be a real TREAT! This is an absolute must-see hidden gem of northern Macomb county.  The cars are unbelievable, all classics like a Tucker, Duesenberg, Auburn, Cord Wills Sainte Claire, and MANY  MORE!!!     You must just— CHECK  IT  OUT!! I remember in 1954, I would get on my bicycle in Grosse  Pointe and go down Kercheval to Conner where they made the HUDSONS. I would then look in the factory window & see the Hudsons being made!! We had a 1949 & 1950  Hudson & for a while, I wanted to be a RACE  CAR DRIVER!! Hudson in the 1950s was winning most of the NASCAR RACES. I could go on, but I will end it right now. Come and see the memorabilia of gas pumps, signs, Burma shave slogans, neon car signs, ETC.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

August 26, 2001–
FRANKENMUTH-($50) (9:00-8:30)  A beautiful coach bus with HENRY!!  WILLKOMMEN!!!     In German, that means WELCOME!!  I cannot believe that I have never taken a group to FRANKENMUTH. As you can imagine, that is about to change.  Of course, the FOOD is the thing that most of us think of when Isay FRANKENMUTH!  Let’s get started!  I was listening to WJR radio about two years ago on the Frank Beckman (retired in March 2021) show& they were talking about an event at the Heroes Museum in FRANKENMUTH. That really woke me up! Let’s go there, enjoy the cuisine, (20 total restaurants) & the other amenities in this charming town. The trip begins at 9:00 AM at a Military Museum in Eastpointe (16600 Stephens Rd.).  Frankenmuth was founded in 1845 by a group of 15 German-Lutheran Missionaries to teach Christianity to the Chippewa Tribe. LOT OF  HISTORY ON  THIS  TRIP!! The first thing we are going to see is the Historical Museum ($3.00) or FREETIME!!  After the Museum we will walk to Zehnder’s or the Bavarian Inn for LUNCH (or another restaurant of your choice). I am going to list some of the highlights of  FRANKENMUTH—-    
1- Bronner’s–World’s Largest Xmas Store                      
2-The Chippewa  Indian Memorial
3- Heroes  Museum-They HONOR  VETERANS                  
4-Explore FRANKENMUTH by Boat ($12)    
5- Glockenspiel  Tower (Pied Piper of Hamelin)     6:00-PM-we see the Glockenspiel Tower Program & then we leave for Detroit.
Details of trip may change after Stewart drives his car to Frankenmuth.

September 9, 2021
CULTURE  CENTER & THE  DETROIT  HISTORICAL MUSEUM TOUR  ($40) (9:00-4:00)           About 25 years ago I had to make a decision about a very important issue.  It was about me moving from Grosse Pointe to DETROIT. I had just retired from teaching at Eastpointe  High School. (Social Studies & Coaching.)I was getting ready to take a position teaching Humanities at Wayne State University. I figured that I would have more credibility with my students if I would move to Detroit!!!  So the  CULTURAL CENTER was the main reason for my move, along with my move to Indian Village home.  I have been very happy with both. So, let me take you to the CULTURE  CENTER  &  DETROIT  AND THE  HISTORICAL  MUSEUM!!!!!! 
Take the Ford Freeway to John R
Left on John R to Kirby (College of Creative Studies)
Right on Kirby to Woodward (International Institute) (Read Historical Marker)        The International Institute was founded by the YWCA in 1919. The first Institute was developed by Edith Bremer. 54 more Institute’s followed in the USA. The Institute helped new arrivals find jobs, obtain homes, getting to be citizens, learn English, & acquire medical care. The Hellenic Museum is a Greek Museum.
Right on Woodward to Ferry (Stores along Woodward-Chartreuse, Wasabi, Park Shelton, Frida)
Right on Ferry to Warren (Scarub Club-831-1250)
Right on Warren to Kirby  (Horace H. Rackham) (DIA) (DPL)
Right on Kirby to Warren (Science Center)Left on Warren to St. Antoine (Plymouth United Church of Christ)
Left on St. Antoine to Frederick (Bethel African-Methodist-Episcopal) (Richard Allen)
Left on Frederick to John R (544 Fredrick-Detroit’s 1st Black Hospital (Paul Lawrence Dunbar Hospital)     (580 Fredrick-Bertha Hansbury) She taught the Piano. (Lab/Drug Store-George Washington Carver)  Bertha was BORN  in 88, a piano has 88 KEYS and she DIED  when she was 88!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Left on John R to Warren –First Building  for Wayne State
Right on Warren to Palmer—Second Building on Wayne CampusLeft on  Palmer to Anthony Wayne Dr. –Wayne- was a general under Washington in the Revolution
Left on Anthony Wayne to Warren -Residences of students and stores for them to purchase things.
Left on Warren to Cass- New Buildings for classes
Left on Cass to Kirby    (Tour Library if time permits)
Right on Kirby to Woodward – Visit  Detroit  Historical Museum

1-N’namdi Center fpr the Arts  
2-Musuem of Contemporary Art

(Harriet Tubman)  &  WASHINGTON D.C. (African-American Museum)
Double Room-$325                              Single  Room–$725
Henry comes first. (Best Driver in World!!) We then look at Stewart’s handouts,   answer questions, make sure you bring lunch so we do not have to stop for that. See relevant  Videos. Look at the list on this page at the bottom. We will stop about every two hours for a potty break & EXERCISE!  We will check into a New Day’s Inn   & Suites in Cambridge, Maryland for the night.
Nov. 12, We will see the Harriet Tubman Museum in the morning. We will be overwhelmed with what the Museum has to say about Harriet!!!! What a brave, fearless, & incredible   WOMAN!! (but she didn’t get on the $20) Lunch is a toss-up! We could eat here in Cam-   bridge or in DC. I think I would suggest eating here. What to do in Washington? I think seeing  Frederick Douglas Home, Smithsonian, or seeing Arlington Cemetery??!!
Nov. 13— We go to the African-American Museum for the day. If you are not doing the   African-American Museum let me know about 2 months before the Tour. (let me know by   September!!!!!!!!!!!) My BEST MOTEL with a group EVER!  Staying two nights!!   The Washington Monument is now open after being closed for about 10 years.
Nov. 14-We head home after seeing some other sites. Stewart has many wonderful videos that will HELP  THOSE  MILES  GO  BY—coming & going to Washington!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

1- The Africans-Many Rivers to Cross- by Henry Louis Gates (on PBS in 2017)
2-  Underground Railroad- Hosted by Alfre  Woodard
3-  Uncle Tom’s Cabin-by Harriet Beecher Stowe  Starring Josiah Henson
4-  Unfortunate  Blackness-The Rise & Fall of Jack Johnson-Directed by Ken Burns
6-  William Still Story- President of the UGGR in the EAST!!
7-  Maya Angelo–“And Still I Rise”  (The Better Hour) Legacy of William Wilberforce
8-  The Civil  War &  Reconstruction- Henry Louis Gates–2019

October 13, 2021 —
EDSEL  &  ELEANOR   FORD  HOME & THE  FORD  PIQUETTE  PLANT-($55) (9:00-4:30-5:00)        The home is an authentic witness  to the past. It inspires, educates, & engages visitors thru exploration. The home is located at 1100 Lake ShoreDrive. The home became the new residence of Edsel & Eleanor Ford in 1928.
They had their first home at 2171 Iroquois less than a block from Stewart’shome at 2136 Seminole. Their second home was on the site of the UAW Solidarity Home  at Jefferson & Van Dyke.  You can see a structure just to the right of the UAW House.  That used to be the place where they kept their boats.Today it is a storage place for the UAW. Now, back to Eleanor & Edsel Ford’swonderful home. The architects were Albert Kahn & Jens Jensen. Jensen wasa Landscape Architect. The Architectural Style is English Cotswold. With our guide we will walk around the grounds, tour the home, & enjoy the BEAUTY! Edsel & Eleanor had four children: Henry  the 23nd, Benson, Josephine &William Clay. Stewart has been in the GP (Grosse Pointe) Home many times. When you enter, it is like GOING TO EUROPE! There are many impressionist & post-impressionist paintings in the home. They include–Van Gogh, Renoir,Degas, Cezanne & Matisse. You do not want to miss this trip.

The PIQUETTE  PLANT–BIRTHPLACE  OF  THE  MODEL  T The  Piquette  Plant is a former factory located within the MilwaukeeJunction area in Detroit.  The Ford Piquette Plant in Detroit is “CONSIDERED ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT AUTO HERITAGE SITES IN THE WORLD” Built in 1904, it was the second center of automobile production for the Ford Motor Company. Ford’s first factory was on the north side of MackAvenue near Bellevue. Visiting the Ford Plant is a unique experience——it is the oldest auto plant open to the public ANYWHERE!! Another interesting thing is to see the world map & notice all the different countries people who visit the Piquette Plant. Next, the Piquette Plant is all about the VOLUNTEERS.  So much HARD  WORK!! And finally, the Piquette Plant may have not happened if it was not for Dr. Jerry Mitchell. As a matter of fact, Dr. Jerry Mitchell heard of the possible razing of the Piquette Plan the dropped out of Wayne State Medical where he was a Professor in medicine. Jerry believed that the PIQUETTE PLANT was and is the NUMBER ONE  BUILDING  IN THE  WORLD.

October 29-31, 2021 —-Underground  Railroad  Tour (UGRR)- OHIO  &  KENTUCKY
Double  Room–$275                             Single     Room–$600
This is the last tour of 2021.  It is my 8th tour this year.  The way things are these days, it makes sense that this must be HALLOWEEN!!  But, I digress. Let us get on with what we are going to do. We are going to leave the Military Museum at 9:00.This 3 night-4 day adventure is my FAVORITE  TRIP. On the bus I will go thru some of my literature which mainly is an overviewof what we are going to do. We will introduce ourselves (two minutes is the limit-unless you are really GREAT!!!) We will get toour Video’s which are related to the trip. We will get off the bus every 3 hours for exercise and use the restrooms. Please bringyour lunch so we can make better time. I will have water & snacks.   Our first major stop is Wilberforce. We see a video that relates to that subject. We go to a Museum at Wilberforce. We learnabout “Cry Baby Bridge” & visit the  home of Charles Young  a secret I will keep until the trip!!  We go to the home of Sterling &Burt who live in a former home for escaped slaves. We eat in Springboro & go to Middleton for our Super 8 Motel–we stay here
for here 2 nights.    The second day we go to the spectacular  home of Harriet Beecher Stowe in “Cincy”. For lunch we eat at a choice ofrestaurants near the Ohio River. After lunch we are going to visit for the afternoon the 2nd most significant building. It is thehome of the Underground Railroad!!! We will be there about 4 hours!!!  After the UGRR we will walk outside & see relevant  stuff.The most important incident we will see is the horrible incident where a women killed one of her children. We eat for the secondtime along the Ohio River before we return to our motel.   The third day we  drive east from “Cinci” along the Ohio River. We see small villages where we see examples  of the UGRR.One of the villages is the Home of Ulysses Grant. We will see the town of  RIPLEY!!!!!!!This is the place where so many BRAVE,people with COURAGE, and many shouts of BRAVO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  RIPLEY is the  NUMBER  ONE  STOP!!!!!!!!

We will have a tour of John Rankin’s home (21 children!) (About 5 were Rankins!!!!)You will have a  breathtaking view of the Ohio River & Kentucky from the Rankin Home. We will then have lunch at a wide choice of restaurants in Ripley. After lunch, we will follow Stewart’s tour on Main Street where we will see a number of “stations” (homes today). The last home is John Parker’s (Black)-an incredible &extremely brave abolitionist (Tour Parkers Home) After Ripley we will drive to Maysville. Once again, Stewart will guide us as we will walk along the levee on the OhioRiver & view all of the beautiful & historic murals.                             MURAL  INFO  FOLLOW1 In 1803  Meriweather Lewis(of the Lewis & Clark Expedition)picked up the famous  & infamous John Coulter. Lewis was going from Pittsburgh to Louisville. Lewis met up with William Clark in Louisville. Coulter was the 1st white person to see Yellow-  stone Park & their geysers?? (John Coulter left the trip early!!)(ran naked for 200  miles–an Indian issue!!)2-Lafayette made a trip back to the USA from France about 45 years after his   French Army helped  George Washington win the American Revolution. Lafayette was only 19 when he first came to the colonies.3-Thornton Blackburn was born in Maysville.(he was a black slave)His wife Lucie & Thornton left Kentucky & became famous in Detroit. His escape from a Detroit   Jail started the first Detroit Riot. (Jail was where the Downtown  Library is) He had been put in jail by slave catchers but, he & his wife Lucie were freed from jail by abolitionists  & escaped to Canada. Thorton Blackburn owned the first taxi cab in TORONTO!!                              
Next, we visit Washington, Kentucky a quiet &  relaxed place. The whole place is like a museum. Walking around this place seems to take you back 200  years!! By far the most memorable event in Washington was when Harriet Stowe first saw enslaved people being sold–and it HORRIFIED HER!! The result-Harriet decided to start writing her book-Uncle Tom’s  Cabin.(1800’s 2nd place) We then check into our Super 8 Motel, freshen up, & head to downtown Maysville for dinner. We are going to eat at a Black-owned restaurant at a place called Chandlers. October 31-Monday-Today we get up early for our departure from our Super 8.  We are going to tour Augusta, Kentucky. I think we are going to take a boat ride across the river and back. Our boat ride will be quite different from those fugitives in the 19th Century. Those black people were SCARED  TO  DEATH, but their desire for FREEDOM outweighed anything else. We will eat breakfast in Augusta.  About 10:30 we will leave Augusta & start our trek back to Ohio & the north.  We will eat lunch at a Ponderosa Restaurant in Hillsboro, Ohio. After lunch, we are off for Wellington where we will learn about the “Wellington Raid”.  That incident really put OBERLIN  ON  THE  MAP!! We then arrive in OBERLIN–our last major stop of the trip. We will learn about its history & some of the AMAZING  PEOPLE  who walked on this campus. We will tour the historic sites in Oberlin.  I cannot predict our timing for this day. I hope to get to Eastpointe by 9:00 PM.  –hopefully earlier???!!!!  MISCELLANEOUS- Most meals are on you own. Henry (Bus Driver) may take you out for breakfast. Call 313-922-1990 or Cell- 586-218-9042 —Stewart McMillin  For Travel Insurance 866-729-5215 or TRAVELGUARD.COM

MISCELLANEOUS- Stewart’s website is —-www.mcmillintours.comWe may get home  at  9:00  PM.  I hope it is closer to 8:00 PM
Call Stewart McMillin-313-922-1990—Call Stewart on cell phone at  586-218-9042
Stewart’s -E-Mail–stewart@mcmillintours.com Tours leave from 16600 Stephens Rd.  City of Eastpointe. Stephens is the equivalent of 9 & one half mile road. It is less than one block from Gratiot.

Call Stewart at 313-922-1990. Tours leave from Eastpointe. A Military Museum is the departure point on 16600 Stevens Road just one block from Gratiot. Stevens is also known as Nine and a Half Mile Road. The museum has a phone. Its number is       586-872-2581.

Please E-MAIL  me about your questions, comments, etc!!!  I really need to know what you want to do?  Phone-313-922-1990.   Cell–586-218 9042.   I prefer e-mails.


 He has led these 2 tours  about 10 times each! This is his 54thyear

 conducting tours. I taught Social Studies at East Detroit High School for 30 years. (1964-1993)

 From 1994-2001  I taught Humanities at Wayne State University. Of course

 TRAVELLING has also been very important to me. I also have been blessed

  to have  visited all of the states and 142 countries!!! Please send checks to- Stewart  McMillin–2136 Seminole-  Detroit, Michigan  48236  (DO  NOT say Stewart  McMillin  TOURS!!!!!!!!!)