The Detroit History Club

The Detroit History Club is a place for lectures, events, and presentations celebrating 300 years of stories in Detroit. Please join our mailing list, follow us on Facebook, and check in here to stay up to date with The Detroit History Club. We'll have an historic adventure together!


Interesting People Reading Interesting Things (and learn about gargoyles) #21
14.00

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

75 Farrand Park, Highland Park, Michigan

stor·y time

noun: storytime

  1. a regular time at which a story is read aloud.

  2. a time when a story is told to a group of assembled people.

    1. Storytime precedes bedtime for some children.

    2. Many public libraries offer storytime on a regular schedule.

Storytime for adults is just that- It’s an hour and a half on a weekend morning to listen as an interesting person reads an interesting thing. After the reader finishes reading there’ll be a discussion and a bit of time for questions with the reader. The reader is announced but their choice of book, newspaper, poems, script, or anything else is kept secret until story-time.

Interesting Things Read by Interesting People is a monthly event at The Detroit History Club. For the twenty-first installment our reader is Jeff Morrison.

Jeff Morrison is the author of Guardians of Detroit, a historian and photographer who has been taking pictures since his parents gave him his first camera at age nine. He has a bachelor’s degree in history and art from Eastern Michigan University and over thirty years’ experience as a graphic artist. Jeff lives in Oxford, Michigan, with his lovely wife, Susie, and their wonder dog, Manfred.

We are thrilled to welcome Jeff as a reader and learn how tje fortunate confluence of water, geography and entrepreneurial vision, Detroit at the end of the 19th century was poised to experience unprecedented growth. Even before the Ford Motor Company was established in 1903, Detroit was a major industrial center and transportation hub. All this commercial activity and prosperity led to a building boom of incredible proportions at a time when the most popular architectural styles were Beaux Arts, Gothic Revival, Classical Revival, and Art Deco. Each of these styles typically required extensive ornamentation and because of this, Detroit became a treasure trove of architectural sculpture. 

A snack and drink will be served along side Jeff’s reading.

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. 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. Parking is on-street and at your own risk (we’ve never had an issue, but the lawyer insists we have the disclaimer).

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. We would like to remind you that this event is taking place in a private home; your respect is greatly appreciated

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Tall Ship tour on The Detroit River
from 79.00

Before Detroit was a glimmer in the imagination of European explorers minds, the river flowed along banks rich in history. Later with its new name, the Detroit River witnessed the fierce battles of the Ottawa and the British. It saw Ransom Eli Olds’ factory burn in 1901, generations board four-story boats destined for Boblo Island, and the skyline of Detroit rise, fall, and rise again. It’s hosted dignitaries, visionaries, rockstars, military fleets, and millions of families over the centuries. Hosting everything from prohibition smuggling to the pleasure yachts of industrial titans, the Detroit River is an irreplaceable part of the city’s history. The Detroit History Club is honored to invite you to join us for a legendary evening on board the eighty five foot long tallship, The Appledore IV. With a seventy six foot mast and over 3,500 square feet of sails, The Appledore IV has majestically sailed the Great Lakes for nearly twenty years. On board you’ll be greeted by the Captain and crew of this beautiful sailing vessel, along with your guide. You will depart from the Port of Detroit and sail up the river past the Ambassador Bridge as Bailey shares the stories of the city's skyscrapers, the wars for control of the river, and the secret hiding spots of mischief makers. Together with the crew you’ll raise the mainsail, cut through the waves, and learn the history of tall ships on Michigan waters. As the sun sets over Detroit we will glide past Belle Isle state park to see the shining beacon of the Livingstone Lighthouse. After a few turning maneuvers on Lake Saint Clair, you’ll sail back to port with a set of once in a lifetime memories.

We will provide a light Detroit snack along with water and pop on board the ship. The captain has extended an invitation for you to bring your own alcoholic drinks and snacks on-board as well, however, no glass bottles or glassware may be used.

Boarding begins at the ticketed time and includes a mandatory safety talk. Late arrivals are not able to board. Please leave yourself enough time to park and make your way to the ship. The ship will depart from The Port of Detroit, to the immediate West of the Renaissance Center at 130 Atwater St, Detroit, MI 48226

Parking is at the ticket holders expense. There are several choices but the two most convenient are Port Authority Parking and The Miller Garage.

The ship sails in all types of weather and we highly recommend a good pair of shoes and weather appropriate clothing, including a jacket or windbreaker. Rain, wind, choppy seas, or invading Canadians will not cancel a sail. In the event of a very rare, Coast Guard closer of the river for extreme weather, or the ships captain calling an “Unsafe to Sail” all tickets for that day and time will be refunded fully. Guests will be alerted via phone and email in the event of a cancellation.

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.  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.  

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Stargazing Sail Aboard the Tallship The Appledore IV
73.00

For millennia humans have laid on their backs and gazed up at the heavens, searching the stars for navigation and inspiration. The stars helped French explorers map the future city of Detroit. They guided the earliest native population with their steadfast glow. And for generations it's been the sky that Detroit’s lovers have stolen kisses beneath. For five nights only slip away with The Detroit History Club and the crew of the Appledore IV for a late night stargazing voyage down the Detroit River. You'll sip champagne and nibble chocolate as you glide over the waves and hear the stories of Detroit after dark. We’ll glimpse the only all marble light house in the world, and see our beloved city’s skyline lit after dark. Whether you're single, coupled, or spending an evening with friends, we hope you'll stay up late to join us for a midnight toast to the city that Marvin Gaye said “turned out to be heaven”, beneath the heavens.

Boarding will begin at 9:45 pm and the ship will set sail at 10:00 pm from The Port of Detroit. Those who arrive after 9:50 pm are not allowed to board. The port is located in front of the RenCen at 130 Atwater St, Detroit, MI 48226

The most convenient parking is at Miller Garage or the Port Authority parking

The ship sails in all types of weather and we highly recommend a good pair of shoes and weather appropriate clothing, including a jacket or windbreaker. Rain, wind, choppy seas, or invading Canadians will not cancel a sail. In the event of a very rare, Coast Guard closer of the river for extreme weather, or the ships captain calling an “Unsafe to Sail” all tickets for that day and time will be refunded fully. Guests will be alerted via phone and email in the event of a cancellation.

We will provide a light Detroit snack along with water and champagne on board the ship. The captain has extended an invitation for you to bring your own alcoholic drinks and snacks on-board as well, however, no glass bottles or glassware may be used.

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.  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.  

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More 2019 schedule coming soon!

Detroit History Tours is thrilled to announce the opening of The Detroit History Club.

Although the club now offers a full calendar of events to our members we are always rolling out our award winning tours. 

Please consider joining us on one or several very soon.

 

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