Congratulations IN Graduates – Our Newest Neighbors!

By Carole, Neighbors Follow-Up Coordinator You may not know it, but our members are divided into two groups: Newcomers and Neighbors. You are a Newcomer if you just came to Ann Arbor from another country and you have been here LESS than 3 years. You are a Neighbor if...

In Memoriam – Margaret “Peggy” Burch

By Carole W and Kari M. Longtime IN member, Peggy Burch, passed away at the age of 88 on October 19, 2021, in Littleton, Colorado, after a brief illness. Peggy and her husband, Jack, Professor and Curator Emeritus of Mollusks at the UM Museum of Zoology, moved to...

Thanksgiving 101

By Shirley If you are new to the USA, it might interest you to know some basic information about the Thanksgiving holiday. Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November, with a special meal shared by family and friends. How it started It is generally...

Living in Ann Arbor: Tipping

By Dale & Shirley “Living in Ann Arbor – A Guidebook for International Families” is, as the name suggests,  a guidebook prepared by International Neighbors in the hope that it would be helpful to visitors from all parts of the world during their stay here. It was...

Halloween’s Cousins

By Marja Rituals of Death in the Era of Hidden Death Western cultures tend to view death as a feared enemy that can be defeated by modern medicine and fancy high-tech machines. The 20th century banished mortality from social life and converted it to a taboo. Death no...

Origin of Halloween in the United States

By Phyllis Similar to Finland, Halloween in America evolved from Samhain, a celebration marking the end of summer and the harvest.  The celebration took place on the evening of October 31, which was New Year’s Eve to the Celts. It was believed the boundaries between...

Halloween Celebrations

By Marcy With the changing colors of  the autumn season, we look forward to one of America’s favorite holidays, Halloween. Celebrated on October 31, Halloween gives our children a chance to pretend they are someone else when they put on a costume and mask to assume a...