The Detroit History Club

The Detroit History Club is a place for lectures, events, and presentations celebrating over 300 years of stories in the great city of Detroit. As a members-only club we exist in the brightest of shadowy places - easy to join but bursting with membership pride.

The Tycoons Dinner

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The Tycoons Dinner


The Detroit Club, 712 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Sold out-Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019 - 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Sold Out-Wednesday July 24th, 2019 - 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Have you ever wondered about the tycoons of industry who shaped Detroit? Their businesses, inventions, mistresses, boats, cars, misdeeds, charitable behaviors, patents, and legal cases? Who they loved, and what they loved to do? Join The Detroit History Club for a evening inside the hallowed walls of The Detroit Club to learn the victories, shenanigans, conquests, failures, and fortunes earned and lost by the tycoons of Detroit at the turn of the century. Deep in the heart of the beautifully restored, members only, 1892 club house, guests will be treated to a tour of the building by members of staff, a chef prepared dinner, and a riotous presentation on the men who built it, the servants who kept it running from the kitchens to the boiler room, and the team who is bringing it back to its former hayday. This isn’t your granddads lecture: drinking and swearing come with the history, and it’s shaping up to be a world class night of tales. You’ll learn about the son of a Michigan Governor who was born in Detroit in 1860 but by 1890 was a king of tobacco manufacturing. You’ll enjoy dinner in the Presidential Dining Room, which has hosted U.S. Presidents Truman, Hoover, and F.D. Roosevelt, along with the Prince of Sweden, Princess of Austria, and HRH The Duke of Windsor- formerly King Edward VIII of England, along with world famous aviators Charles Lindbergh and Admiral Richard E. Byrd. We’ll explore why some of the clubs founding members like John N. Bagley, E. T. Barnum, and James E. Davis now have roads named in their honor. They’ll be no escape from the history of “The King of Jails Cells”, a founding member who made a killing in the manufacture of prisons. And we’ll drop anchor for the story of a club founder whose legendary prowess as a steel magnant, earned a Great Lakes freighter named in his honor. The vessel was compelled into military service during World War Two before being sold for scrap to the very yard he once owned, just days after his death in 1946.

Attire for the evening is requested as sharp casual, please no jeans or hooded sweatshirts. Men are requested to refrain from wearing hats inside the Detroit Club. Parking is available via a valet or on street. A cash bar will be available; The Detroit Club is happy to accept cash or credit card for purchases.


Detroit Club Salad with house made dressing

Roasted bone in chicken with demi glaze, served alongside wild rice with seasonal mushrooms and charred broccolini.

Tea and coffee service provided. Cash bar available.

Valet parking is available at the Detroit Club. Guests can also park on the street or in any of the nearby city lots.

Because The Detroit History Club operates as a members-only club, out of private homes, hidden spaces, and secret locations, you’ll need to join before being able to buy tickets to events. At checkout you’ll be asked if you are already a member; if not, select “New Member.” Membership can be bought at the same time as your tickets by adding them to your cart along with your selected event. Purchase membership by clicking HERE . Membership to The Detroit History Club is five dollars per calendar year. Each person attending an event must have a membership of their own. Membership cards will be mailed USPS within one week of joining, and need not be presented at events.

Detroit History Club events are for persons twenty-one years old and up. We drink, we swear, we talk about things, and we’d love for you to join us. Whether you come as a couple, a group, or a singleton, our events are designed to encourage you to make new friends, explore ideas, and learn- all while eating, drinking, dancing, and generally behaving in a way that makes us proud to call ourselves Detroiters.

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