One of the largest collections of Ann Arbor history will soon be available for public tours starting this fall.

In 2018, CUAA graciously received a collection of 34 historical paintings donated by art collector and long-time Ann Arbor resident, James Irwin. These paintings lived in the Kreft gallery for a time, before they were moved to their permanent home in the Earhart Manor.

Although Concordia installed the collection in 2018, the university and its Guild are now working to make public tours available. Starting in October, guests will be able to take self-paced audio tours through the Earhart Manor to fully enjoy the paintings.

To provide narrative background to each scene, Irwin has donated audio headsets for tours. “Irwin’s narratives bring these paintings to life and illuminate the viewer’s imagination of Ann Arbor long ago,” said Suzan Hatch, member of Concordia’s Guild.

In the media

Last Monday, the Ann Arbor News came to see the collection and interview Dr. Ryan Peterson, Vice President of Administration. Click here or click the image below to read the full story!

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