Interviews, Tours, and Presentations

A sampling of Matt Siegfried’s tours, interviews, presentations, and radio and video appearances.

South Adams Street @ 1900: An Historic Ypsilanti African-American Neighborhood website.

South Adams Street @ 1900: An Historic Ypsilanti African-American Neighborhood Facebook Page and Archive.

Human History of Ypsi Special for “Black History Month” Video interview for the The Alex Thomas Show. February 29, 2020.

International Women’s Day tour to focus on careers of women in early 1900s, MLive article. Feb 23, 2020.

The History of Ypsilanti’s First Ward All-Black School. Radio interview with Jorge Avellan (WEMU)• Mar 4, 2019

The labor and racial history of Willow Run. Video interview on The Alex Thomas Show, January 4th, 2019.

Tour Immersion: Exploring African-American History In Ypsilanti University Musical Society, U of M. March 3, 2018.

Ypsilanti Railroad Workers Played Large Role In The Labor Movement. Radio interview with Jorge Avellan (WEMU). September 4, 2017.

A.P. Marshall African American Oral History Archive. Ypsilanti District Library. This project chronicles the lives and struggles of Black Ypsilantians in their own words. Recorded by historian A.P. Marshall in the 1980s, these interviews span several generations and help to tell the rich and varied story of African-American Ypsilanti. June 2017.

Journey Through Underground Railroad In Washtenaw County Continues. Radio interview Jorge Avellan (WEMU). February 17, 2016.

H.P. Jacobs Mural unveiling with speeches in Ypsilanti, by Dream Real Photo & Video. November 14, 2015.

Ypsilanti students celebrate local African-American history with new murals. MLive article. November 11, 2015.

HP Jacobs Presentation. Video highlights. Ypsilanti Community High School. October 6, 2015.

Fangirling DamnArbor article. Matt Siegfried. Jan 28, 2015.

Exploring Ypsilanti’s place on the Underground Railroad: part two. Interview with Mark Maynard. January 7, 2015.

Exploring Ypsilanti’s place on the Underground Railroad: part one. Interview with Mark Maynard. November 30, 2014.

The Untold History of Ypsilanti: Our Native American Past. Interview with Mark Maynard. April 21, 2014.



Labor in Michigan History

A Labor History of Ypsilanti

August 1st, Emancipation Day

Women in Ypsilanti History

Detroit’s Changing Riverfront

Myth and Reality: Women Workers at Willow Run

Whose History? The Role of Historical Markers and Monuments

Erin’s Exiles: Irish Fenianism in Michigan

The Huron River Wyandot Reserve: Last Reservation in Southeast Michigan

Women Workers Before “Rosie”: Ypsilanti’s ‘Factory Girls’

The UAW Comes to Town: A Labor History of Willow Run

Reconstruction and Jim Crow in Michigan

Michigan’s Struggle Against Racism During World War Two

Reconstruction and Jim Crow in Ypsilanti

Changes in the Land: The Conquest and Settlement of Michigan

Divisions in the Land: Private Property in Michigan

Michigan’s Soldiers of Liberation: The 102d United States Colored Troops

Ypsilanti’s Black Civil War Experience

Segregated Schooling in Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti as an African-American City

Survey of Ypsilanti’s Social Landscape

Nothing by Accident: Reading Landscapes

Native American History and Indigenous Landscapes of the Huron River

“The War of 1812” Along the Huron River

Ypsilanti’s Historic African-American Churches

A Social History of the Huron River

The Indigenous Landscape of the Great Lakes

Allies for Freedom: John Brown and Detroit’s William Lambert


Matthew Siegfried Historian,

Board, African American Cultural and Historical Museum of Washtenaw County

Resident Historian, Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition (SEMIS),