Online Resources

While both of our museums are closed during the COVID-19 public health emergency, there are still plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in Detroit’s history.  

The Detroit Historical Society is committed to remaining your source for historical information on our great city, and we are pleased to offer a variety of resources to our digital community of Detroit history lovers far and wide. Now is a great time to indulge your inner historian. Check this page often, as we will be releasing new content regularly throughout this period.

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Everyone has a story from this crisis. Add yours to our COVID-19 oral history archive. 
Explore Detroit topics from home! Check out our Encyclopedia of Detroit:

willow run∙ Learn more about Detroit in WWII, 75 years after Victory Summer:

       ∙ Arsenal of Democracy

       ∙ Willow Run

       ∙ Race Riot of 1943     

       ∙ Detroit Naval Armory

       ∙ Fort Wayne

Dress up your home office! Download a historical virtual meeting background.
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Need a break from Netflix? Dive into our YouTube channel.

Check out our new weekly kid-friendly series "Detroit History Heroes" and our happy hour history break "Pint-Sized Prohibitions"!


∙ Browse all of our videos here.

Curious about old Detroit? Get lost in the 45,000+ records of our Digital Collection:

   ∙ Search the collection

   ∙ View random images  


Little historians at home? Find educational resources in our Lesson Plan Clearinghouse.

Start with our most popular lessons:

   ∙ Five Themes of Geography and Detroit | Kindergarten - 2nd grade

   ∙ The French Fur Trade |  4th - 5th grade

   ∙ From Farming to Industrialization | 6th - 8th grade

   ∙ Migration to Southeast Michigan | 9th - 12th grade

Brand-new lessons!

   ∙Building a City | 1st - 2nd grade

   ∙Women's Suffrage | 6th - 8th grade


Make some original art:

   ∙ Detroit Historical Museum coloring pages:

       ∙ part one (3 page printable pdf)

       ∙ part two (2 page printable pdf)

       ∙ part three (4 page printable pdf)

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We’ll add resources to this page as they’re available, or you can follow us on social media for the latest updates and online activities. 


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We hope to see you back in our museums soon!


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