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Detroit: On the Road to Reinvention
June 7, 2017 | 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Join this special kick-off event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Detroit Rebellion. The evening will include a series of short presentations by Detroit organizers on the historical context of the ’67 Rebellion and our continued fight today against anti-Blackness and othering, displacement and regional injustices. The program will include guided visioning exercises so that we, as a community, can reclaim our hope and vision for Detroit
Reception starts at 5:30 pm followed by panel discussion at 6 pm. This event is free and open to the public. Presented by Detroit Equity Action Lab, Wayne State University.
Empowering Adults as Youth Advocates
June 10, 2017 | 10:00am to 12:30pm
Presented by the James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership and the Detroit 67 Project. This interactive discussion serves as a Part 2 and response to the Youth Day event hosted by the Detroit Historical Museum and Boggs Center on February 18, 2017. Part 2 will center around the events of 1967, the outcomes of Youth Day, and a visioning session to equip adults to serve as advocates of young people throughout the city of Detroit.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Katherine Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org; 313-833-1807).
Family Pictures: USA Photo Sharing Event
June 17 2017 | 10:00am to 2:00pm
What’s your Detroit story?
As part of a new television series being filmed for PBS’s WORLD Channel, Family Pictures: USA will be in Detroit during June and July in partnership with the Detroit 67: Looking Back to Move Forward project. Join us at the Detroit Historical Museum on Saturday, June 17 from 10 am to 2 pm for their first public photo sharing event.
Guests are asked to bring a selection of a dozen of their favorite photographs – digital or printed photos – and spend 10-15 minutes with the Family Pictures: USA Production Team telling their Detroit story. Producers are looking for each guest’s take on the Motor City, its past, present and future, as seen through the lens of the family photo album. Photos will be digitized and added to the larger Digital Diaspora Family Reunion archive.
Sessions are first come, first serve and RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Interview spots will be limited the first 30 participants. To make a reservation:
Email 1World1Family.email@example.com and mention “My Detroit Story” in the subject line.
Call (212) 281-6002 and ask for “Detroit Desk”
Stay tuned for more collection days at additional area venues.Presented by Digital Diaspora Family Reunion, LLC with funding from the Ford Foundation. For more information about DDFR, visit http://1world1family.me
Detroit 67: Perspectives Opening Reception
June 23, 2017 | 5:00pm to 10:00pm
5-7 pm Group 2067 / VIP Preview
7-10 pm General Admission
Joseph L. Hudson Jr. & Isaiah McKinnon, Honorary Chairs
Be among the first to tour the new Detroit 67: Perspectives exhibition at our ticketed preview. Hear how the exhibition came together from Detroit Historical Society staff and share your experiences of it in an interactive discussion.
Detroit 67: Perspectives Public Opening Weekend
June 24, 2017 | 10:00am to 4:00pm
June 25, 2017 | 10:00am to 4:00pm
In conjunction with the opening of the Detroit 67: Perspectives exhibition, the Detroit Historical Museum is planning a two-day community appreciation event. Admission is FREE
Timed entry tickets to see the exhibition will be available starting at 10 am, and special events, including performances and film screenings, discussion forums and family friendly activities will begin at 11 am. There will be numerous opportunities to share your unique Detroit story through interviews, feedback stations and more! Food will be available for purchase throughout the day.
Through the Fire Bus Tours
Sunday, June 25 | 9 am – 12 pm
Sunday, July 16 | 9 am – 12 pm
Black Scroll Network History & Tours and the Detroit Historical Society are pleased to offer a special three-hour bus tour of significant sites related to the unrest in July 1967. The tour will address three essential questions: What happened? How did it happen? What has changed as a result of the 1967 Rebellion?
Black Scroll Network History & Tours educator/historian and Association for the Study of African American Life and History Detroit Chapter president Jamon Jordan will take participants through the history that led to the 1967 Rebellion, visit the most significant sites during the 1967 Rebellion, and lead a discussion on the legacy of 1967 and how that history affects the present day reality in Detroit.
The tour will be aboard an air-conditioned motor coach, which will depart from and return to the Detroit Historical Museum. The tour is offered twice this summer, and tickets are $30 per person for Detroit Historical Society members ($40 for guests). Available at detroithiical.org or by calling 313.833.1801.
Community Gallery exhibitions are supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Opening June 24, 2017 in the Booth-Wilkinson Gallery! Detroit 67:Perspectives
For more than two years, the Detroit Historical Society has convened diverse groups and communities around the effects of a historic crisis with its Detroit 67: Looking Back to Move Forward project. From the hundreds of oral histories in our archive, the assistance and input of our many partners, and the latest historical scholarship, we have developed the Detroit 67: Perspectives exhibition to allow visitors to better understand the events leading up to July 1967, where we are today, and connect to efforts moving Detroit forward for the next fifty years.
Open through June 18, 2017 in the Community Gallery!ARISE Detroit – Neighborhoods Rising
Showcasing the efforts of Detroiters to improve their communities through 10 years of participation in the annual ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day. It also spotlights some of the many neighborhoods of Detroit in pictures, video and exhibit artifacts. We invite you to take an inspiring walk through the neighborhoods of Detroit!
Now Open in the Automotive Showplace!
The 1913 Bi-Autogo was designed and built with the first V-8 engine in Detroit by James Scripps Booth. At a cost of $25,000, this one-of-a-kind experimental model is the world’s first large, two-wheeled automobile. The automobile weighs 3,200 pounds and the front end is made of cast aluminum and the rest of sheet aluminum. The side wheels are retractable but must be raised manually. Thank you to Mobsteel for their recent restoration of this vehicle!
Now Open in the Detroit Artists Showcase!
In September 2015, 1xRUN and the Eastern Market Corporation partnered to develop and implement the Murals In The Market public art project. Detroit’s historic Eastern Market became the center of the city’s public art movement. This inaugural festival invited dozens of world-class local and international artists to create murals that embodied the spirit of Detroit and strengthened the market’s cultural legacy by making it a must-see public art destination. This exhibition showcases limited edition prints of the murals that were displayed at Inner State Gallery.
18th Annual Lost Mariners Remembrance
Friday, November 10 | 5 – 8 p.m.
Dossin Great Lakes Museum
Each year on the anniversary of the loss of the Edmund Fitzgerald, the museum sponsors this commemoration for all the sailors lost on the Great Lakes. It features a lantern ceremony at the Fitz’s anchor, balladeer Lee Murdock and the dynamic wreath ceremony featuring a flotilla of American and Canadian vessels. This year the presentation will honor the steam tug Admiral and the tanker-barge Cleveco that were lost along with their crews on Lake Erie. Sponsored in part by the Lake Carriers’ Association and the International Shipmasters Lodge #7 Detroit.
Because this popular program always sells out, we’re releasing a limited block of early bird tickets. Available now!
Summer Film Series:
Detroit: Remember When, Houses of Worship
Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11 | 3 p.m.
Detroit Historical Museum
Running time: 74 minutes
From artists like Alice Cooper and Ted Nugent to Iggy & the Stooges, the stage of the Grande Ballroom was blasting and jamming as one of the greatest rock and roll venues in the world. Louder than Love showcases the true story of The Grande Ballroom. Watch, listen and learn from music icons like BB King, Slash, Alice Cooper, Roger Daltrey and many others, as they tell the story of the impact that the Grande Ballroom had not only on the City of Detroit, but on the world of Rock and Roll. See the vision of Russ Gibb come to life before your very eyes and witness the history that was made right in our own city. Directed and produced by Tony D’Annunzio and edited by Karl Rausch – it truly is the greatest untold story of rock and roll.
Running time: 74 minutes. Admission is FREE.
More Bob-Lo Memories
Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11 | 2 p.m.
Dossin Great Lakes Museum
Running time: 18 minutes
Watch the promotional film made for the City of Detroit’s unsuccessful bid for the 1972 Olympic Games. The film opens with Mayor Jerome P. Cavanagh addressing the viewer from his office. He serves as the film’s narrator, backed by a soundtrack provided by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under Samuel Benavie, and series of shots around the city – including views of city highways, automobile manufacturing, a diverse population and social activities – that underscore his message.
Running Time: 18 minutes (will be shown on a loop). Admission is FREE.
BEHIND THE SCENES TOURS
The new season of Behind the Scenes Tours will go on sale to members at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 13, and to the public on June 27.
Visit our website to see the new schedule of tours!
HISTORIC HOUSES OF WORSHIP TOURS
Since 1972, the Historic Houses of Worship tours have acquainted Metro Detroiters with the contributions that religious institutions have made in the development of our community.
All tours run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and depart from and return to the Detroit Historical Museum. The cost is $40 for Detroit Historical Society members and $50 for guests. Your tour fee includes motor coach transportation with docent commentary, historical presentations at each tour stop, lunch, and donations sent back to each location.
Upcoming tours (on sale Tuesday, June 13 at 10 a.m. for members):
September 11, 2017
The Shrine Chapel of Our Lady of Orchard Lake
Christ Church Cranbrook
Temple Beth El
First United Methodist Birmingham
October 2, 2017
St. Jude Catholic Church
Nativity of Our Lord
Grosse Pointe Academy Chapel
Christ Church Grosse Pointe Episcopal
Grosse Pointe Memorial Church
Detroit Flag Items 10% off (20% off for Members)
Detroit’s Flag, anchored by the City Seal, which commemorates the massive fire on 11 June 1805, in which the entire village within the fort was burned to the ground. This fire is shown on the left next to a woman who represents Detroit right after the fire. She looks sad and feels that life is hopeless; much like the inhabitants of the fort. The Latin inscription above the women reads, Speramus Meliora – “We hope for better things.” The woman on the right represents Detroit’s hope. Behind her on the right is a picture of Detroit’s rebuilding. The Latin below reads, Resurget Cineribus-“It shall rise again from the ashes.”
Military Posters and Magnets 10% off (20% for Members)
Celebrate the Army’s Birthday! The U.S. Army was founded on 14 June 1775, when the Continental Congress authorized enlistment of expert riflemen to serve the United Colonies for one year.
Also, the Detroit 1967 book is now available!! Members receive 10% every day!
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