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For Immediate Release                                                                                                                

Oct. 1, 2019



The Good Roads Movement in Michigan at RHPL


(ROCHESTER HILLS- Oct. 1, 2019) On Thursday, Oct. 10 the Rochester Hills Public Library will present the history and evolution of Michigan’s roadway system, and how cyclists and automobiles served as catalysts for the development on Michigan roads.

Historian Jim Craft will guide patrons on a journey to uncover answers to broad questions like why America’s roads were so poor in the late 1800s and what caused them to change, while also discussing local roadway history of Van Dyke and Dixie Highway.

“It can be hard to grasp how far our road system has come over the last hundred and thirty years,” said Craft. “This program illuminates the incredible journey America took from dirt paths to intricate highway systems.”

While discussing the evolution of roadways guests will also learn about the important role of the bicycle, the Model T, and the Liberty Truck in transforming the way Americans traveled.

“This program is unique in how it focuses on a nationwide change, while also highlighting local history,” said Community Relations Specialist Amanda Harrison Keighley. 

The program is Oct. 10 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room and is open to everyone with an RHPL library card. This program is geared toward adults but all ages are welcome. Please register in advance at



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