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This summer, the Reuther Library Reading Room will be completely renovated. The improvements will include new carpet, new furniture, and increased workspace for our researchers. We will continue to provide reference service during the renovation. To ensure the best service, researchers who intend to visit during the summer should contact our Reference Archivist.
Few cities are more closely tied to the labor movement than Detroit. From the outset, Labor Day in Detroit was about worker demonstration, which typically took the form of a parade. The city's first Labor Day celebration was held on August 16, 1884 in Recreation Park and attracted 50,000 spectators. The earliest Labor Day image in the Reuther's collections shows Randolph Street in downtown Detroit circa 1890s (pictured below). read more »