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.

Upcoming Events


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Delray History Night: Witches, Bridges, Fairs, and Paprikash!
40.00

Two Dates!

SOLD OUT-Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 and SOLD OUT- Thursday June 6th, 2019

(We are unable to transfers tickets from one date to another. Guests must hold a ticket for the night they attend.)

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

The Carbon Athletic Club, 111 Gates St, Detroit, MI 48209

Forgotten, buried, mined, paved over, shut down, yet still resilient, Delray is one of Detroit's oldest established neighborhoods -- and one of the most abused. Founded in the 1850’s, by Eastern European immigrants, this proud slice of land where the Detroit River meets the Rogue River has been home to factories, cemeteries, and salt mines for a century and a half. It has suffered through the installation of a wastewater treatment plant, a peninsula carved into an island, an overhead freeway, a wrongly accused “witch”, and now, the landing of the Gordie Howe International Bridge. Join The Detroit History Club as we celebrate its residents past and present, famous and infamous, with a Hungarian dinner hosted at the members only Carbon Athletic Club. During dinner Bailey Sisoy Isgro will regale guests with the stories of The Detroit International Exposition and Fair of 1889, which was hosted in Delray. , Following dinner, best selling author and brilliant lecturer Karen Dybis will present on Delray's storied history, its current home-swap program, the latest on the Gordie Howe International Bridge, and the “Witch of Delray" (The topic of her most recent book). A recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation Grant, she’ll share with us her current project to collect oral histories, objects and photographs of Delray history.

You won’t want to miss this chance to learn about one west side neighborhoods impact, and how a historic “witch” named Rose came to inspire an author named Karen to try preserve its history!

Buffet Menu:

House Salad

Chicken Paprikash with Homemade Dumplings

Pork Stuffed Cabbage

Cash Bar Available, please note the Carbon AC is a cash-only establishment.

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.” Purchase a membership by clicking HERE if you’re not already a 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 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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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.” Purchase a membership by clicking HERE if you’re not already a 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 will be mailed USPS within one week of joining, and need not be presented at events.

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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.” Purchase a membership by clicking HERE if you’re not already a 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 will be mailed USPS within one week of joining, and need not be presented at events.

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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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