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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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

Make some original art:

   ∙ Detroit Historical Museum coloring pages (3 page printable pdf)

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Need a break from Netflix? Explore our Detroit History Video Archive on YouTube.

Jump in with:

   ∙ Historical documentaries, promotional and educational films

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

   ∙ Search the collection

   ∙ View random images  




Become a subject matter expert! Check out our Encyclopedia of Detroit and “Look What We Found” Collections Blog.
Missing your squad? Send some Detroit cheer from our new Online Store.


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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