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.

NOW OPEN through October 9, 2016 in the Community Gallery!

Michigan Humane Society

The Michigan Humane Society is the largest and oldest animal welfare organization in the state and one of the largest in the nation. MHS works totend companion animal homelessness, provide the highest quality service and compassion to the animals entrusted to its care and to be a leader in promoting humane values.

From its founding in 1877 to the recent opening of their new Detroit Animal Care Campus, this exhibition will explore all that MHS does and its impact on animal welfare both locally and nationally. Some highlights will include the recently certified world’s longest leash (created by Shinola), an interactive “pup quiz” and a feature showcasing Detroiters with their pets.

Visitors will learn that MHS adopts out more than 11,000 pets each year, one in every 10 pets adopted throughout the entire state. In fact, MHS adopts out more animals than any other Michigan shelter takes in. But they’ll also see that MHS is much more than adoptions. It also operates one of the largest veterinary practices in the state – with centers in Detroit, Rochester Hills and Westland – a Free Pet Food Bank that, last year, helped more than 6,300 low-income families to keep their loving pets and a Pet Rescue that responds to thousands of animal cruelty complaints annually. 

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