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


To see the full Detroit History Club calendar along with the calendar for our sister company Detroit History Tours, please click HERE


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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Houdini’s All Hallows Eve Ball
100.00

October 31st, 2019

7 pm to 11:00 pm

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

In 1926 the population of Detroit grew to over one and a half million people, Volstead Act Prohibition was the law of the land, and world famous magician Harry Houdini died on Halloween day in Detroit. Newspapers worldwide proclaimed “Magic has died in the Motor City!” Ever since his untimely death those near to him and strangers alike have traveled to Detroit on Halloween night to host seances in the hopes of connecting to his departed spirit. This Halloween we turn back the hands of time and together reach beyond the veil with a gala event: Houdini’s All Hallows Eve Ball.

Join the Detroit History Club at the historic 1883 Detroit Club, as we slip back though time to the roaring twenties. within a building that’s hosted Kings of England, Kings of the American circus, and Kings of Detroit industry, you know the hauntings will be as deep as the history. Guests will marvel as escape artists defy death, contorting free of all restraints. Magicians will roam among you, as they perform tricks to excite and amaze. You’ll see world class acrobats bend, twist, and dance though rooms as snake charmers and fire breathers mingle with guests throughout the 22,000 sq foot 1891 club house. All to the sounds of a sensational 1920’s jazz band cooing from the Presidential Ballrooms dance floor. Explore what you believe by joining a seance, and try to connect to the ghosts of the buildings storied past or sit down to one of our eight fortune tellers and see what your personal future holds.

Costumes are required of all guests attending. This evening is designed to be a fully immersive experience, a ghost of a legendary night, the reincarnation of an era when tycoons of industry and giants of vaudeville mixed. Rich in fantasy, history, and Detroit. Guests are required to dress for the occasion in full 1926 glamour. Tuxedo or dark suit for gents and evening or flapper dress for the ladies. Perhaps slip a carnation in his lapel or a feather in her hair. Wear your longest strand of pearls and draw on nylon seams with a charcoal eyeliner all the way up her calves. Let the thrift store, vintage shops, and grandparent’s closet raiding begin!

Fair foods of the 1920’s will abound; help yourself to cotton candy, German sausages, or a hot potato mash, as you watch the snake charmer whisper to her serpent. Grab a handful of popcorn before the magicians show, or sneak off to the hidden bars for an illegal prohibition punch. Your ticket includes all of your entertainment, food, a welcome cocktail, and prizes. All offered activities are inclusive within the ticket price. No booking fees or taxes apply.

A cash bar will be available for guests wishing to partake of prohibition era cocktails, beer, and wine. The bar is happy to accept cash or credit.

Parking is available on the street, or in three municipal lots near the club.

Guests do not need to be members of The Detroit Club to participate, however 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 The Detroit History Club 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 two weeks of joining, and do not need to 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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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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