Author weaves tale of Hamtramck's overhaul

HAMTRAMCK (AP) -- A newspaper editor and amateur historian will share the tale of one Detroit enclave's transformation from a small farming village to a major industrial center in the span of a decade.

Birmingham Eccentric editor Greg Kowalski is scheduled to present "The Immigrants' Tale" tonight at Birmingham's Baldwin Library. It charts the overhaul of Hamtramck in the early 20th century due to an influx of immigrants.

The historically Polish community that's home to part of General Motors' Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant is now extremely diverse, with immigrants from the Middle East, Africa and Bangladesh.

Kowalski is also chairman of the Hamtramck Historical Commission and has written five history books related to the city and its larger neighbor.

Published: Tue, Nov 27, 2012

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