The Max M. Fisher Resource Center

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Peter Golden offers an enlightening quote about Max Fisher from Ronald Reagan.
Bob McCabe discusses Max Fisher's key role in the Detroit Renaissance, his leadership and his ability to build consensus.
Christmas shoppers in Detroit in the 1950s
Gene Miller calls Max Fisher a Detroit legend.
Letters congratulating Max Fisher on his 1971 "What Can We Do for Detroit?" speech.
Gerald Ford recalls Max Fisher's effective fundraising.
Detroit business and community leaders, left to right, Robert Surdam, Henry Ford II, Max Fisher, and Robert McCabe in front of the Renaissance Center, late 1970s.
Detroit Mayor Coleman Young and President Jimmy Carter
Renaissance Center
Detroit's Renaissance Center Article
Letter from Max M. Fisher to President Nixon concerning Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir's 1969 visit.
In the Fall of 1971, Henry Ford undertook the largest single building venture in Detroit’s history. The project was the Renaissance Center, also known as “RenCen.”
Damon Keith explains how Henry Ford and Max Fisher were the leaders in Detroit in bringing the community back together after the Riots.
Peter Golden, Max Fisher's biographer, discusses Fisher's influence with President Ford.
"The Amazing Life of Max Fisher" ran as the feature story on the front page of The Detroit Free Press on October 2, 2003 and detailed the life of the philanthropist and the opening of the Max M. Fisher Music Center at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Place.
Max Fisher "A Man of Our Times"