Veterans Day on the Homefront; a historic behind the scenes tour of The Willow Run Factory.

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Veterans Day on the Homefront; a historic behind the scenes tour of The Willow Run Factory.


Saturday, November 11th, 2017
7:00pm - 11:00pm
Yankee Air Museum - 47884 D. Street, Belleville MI 48111

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War, the “The Great War.” The following year, President Woodrow Wilson commemorated Armistice Day and in 1938 it became a federal holiday in the United States. After World War II, Armistice Day was rebranded as Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to honoring American veterans of all wars. This year we are thrilled to invite you to join The Detroit History Club for a Veterans Day adventure on the hallowed, historic grounds of Willow Run.

“No battle was ever fought on this ground, but it helped win the war.”

Ford’s unimaginable factory, Willow Run, was hewn from the Ypsilanti farmland to become a symbol for both failure and success in American manufacturing, industrial hubris, mechanical advancement and sheer force of will. This factory--this dream--conceived in a California hotel, would be the single largest contributor to the Arsenal of Democracy.  It rose, where apple orchards once stood, to produce an entire B17 Liberator Bomber in an hour by 1945. A factory so powerful Hitler claimed it couldn’t exist.

At the exclusive invitation of the Yankee Air Museum, step behind the locked gates, past the construction equipment, and around the “No Access” signs into the hanger before it becomes The National Museum of Aviation & Technology. Under the sentinel eyes of the beautifully preserved historic aircraft, this cocktail attire evening will begin in the Yankee Air Museum. There you will sip cocktails and enjoy an exquisite strolling dinner as the Executive Director, Mr. Kevin Walsh, takes rotating, intimate groups into the archive rooms of the museum's extensive collection. The Detroit History Club’s founder, Bailey Sisoy Isgro, will present on some of her favorite moments in the factory's history and tell the tale of a president's visit, a son's success, and the grandsons who carried on in their father's footsteps. Following dinner and private access to the closed museum, you’ll drive yourself a half mile down private roads to the darkened hanger where you will stand in the shadow of the (one of the largest aircraft hangar doors in America, on the very floors, once tread by Edsel Ford, “Cast Iron” Charlie Sorenson, President and Mrs. Roosevelt, Frances Perkins, and thousands of Women War Workers who would come to be known as Rosies. Through that immense door rolled over half of all Liberator bombers built for Allied forces during World War Two and, out its mighty expanse, aviation icon, Charles Lindbergh, captained test flights.  You’ll learn the stories that earned Detroit its wartime reputation, feel the weight of the ladder into a Liberator as you climb inside, enter the pressure preserved rooms, and see, first-hand, some of the museum's most prized pieces. We promise historic aircraft, uniforms, war workers, military history, and of course the once-in-a-lifetime chance to breathe in the history of the Willow Run factory before it becomes the National Museum of Aviation & Technology.

As part of our evening, we’d like to include photos of members of The Detroit History Club (and their parents, grandparents, or other family members) that serve or served in the military. Please send us a photograph along with your name, rank, branch, and years of service to  We promise we won’t embarrass you in any way or do anything unseemly with your photo. (If you’re sending a photo of a family member please include your name and relation to the service member along with their rank, branch, and dates of service, if known).  We are looking for World War Two homefront workers, too. Same thing, send a photo with your name and where you worked. If it's a family member please included the relationship.

This event is 21 years old and older. 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 to The Detroit History Club is five dollars per calendar year. You can buy your membership under the membership tab on this website.  Each person attending an event must have a membership of their own.  Membership cards may be picked up at the first event you attend as a new member, and new cards are issued at the first event you attend each year.

Dinner Menu

Pastrami Style Smoked Salmon - on crostini with capers, onions, and sour cream
Cowboy Steak Crostini - grilled steak, sliced & topped with glazed onions & blue cheese
Skewered Tropical Shrimp - marinated and grilled skewered with fresh mango and cilantro
Fresh Mozzarella on Bruschetta - with tomato and black olive relish
Cashew Chicken Profiterole - with honey Dijon dressing

Quinoa & Roasted Beet Salad
with cucumber, aged feta, green onions and balsamic dressing

House Salad- assorted spring mix greens, tossed with candied pecan pieces, sun-dried cranberries and organic tri-colored carrot threads with a house made cranberry vinaigrette

Italian Chopped Salad-Crisp romaine lettuce chopped and blended with Asiago cheese, herb croutons, peppers, onions, and tossed with a creamy parmesan dressing

Domestic Cheese Display
Cheddar, Swiss, Pepperjack, cut and served with assorted cracker display 

Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Roast Red Pepper Hummus
Antipasto Display Assorted marinated olives, beets, artichoke hearts displayed with Italian cured meats
Chilled Gulf Shrimp Traditional shrimp cocktail platter, served with cocktail chile sauce
Chipotle BBQ Steak - sirloin grilled with a zesty barbecue glaze
Smoked Salmon Cakes - bite-sized moist salmon with lemon aioli
Spinach and Cheese in Filo - braized spinach and onions with parmesan

Chipotle BBQ Steak
Smoked Salmon Cakes
Spinach and Cheese Pie in Filo

Open Bar serving
Coffee, soda, Stroh's beer, Willow Run signature cocktail, red and white wine

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