Community Gallery

The Detroit Historical Museum’s Community Gallery is a changing exhibition space made available to local historical societies, museums, non-profit organizations and educational institutions. Selected for their contributions to the metro Detroit community, the organizations featured here share their stories and provide new perspectives on the issues, ideas and individuals that have shaped our region’s rich history. 

Developed and produced solely by our featured organizations, the words, images and ideas represented in the exhibition do not reflect the ideas, views or opinions of the Detroit Historical Society.

OPENING ON January 21, 2017 in the Community Gallery!

100 Years:  Making Democracy Work

Citizens Research Council of Michigan

In 2016, the Citizens Research Council of Michigan celebrated its centennial. This small nonprofit research group is well known among serious policymakers and journalists covering Michigan as being a reliable source of information on important public policy topics. To conclude its centennial celebrations, the Research Council’s exhibit at the Detroit Historical Museum will outline its extensive and colorful history, starting with its roots in the Progressive Era of the early 1900s. The Research Council has played a key role from the start, including helping the City of Detroit and the State of Michigan develop their first budgets in the 1910s, helping the constitutional convention delegates understand the failings of prior state constitutions in the 1960s, helping state and local government officials solve numerous structural budget deficits across several decades, and sorting through inter-governmental issues (regional government, consolidation) throughout the century. Its history reflects the major events and issues of the 20th century in Michigan including the rapid growth and subsequent shrinkage of the city of Detroit, race relations, the Great Depression, the 1960 Constitutional Convention, the Tax Revolt of the late 1900s, and the Great Recession early in the 21st century.

Supported  by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.