Centennial Celebration

Dossin Great Lakes Museum's DeRoy Hall

Philanthropists Aaron and Helen DeRoy made an impact on the Dossin Great Lakes Museum.  

Huber and Metzger Bike Shop in the Streets of Old Detroit

Learn about the real-life bicycle shop that inspired a replica in the Streets of Old Detroit at the Detroit Historical Museum. 

Detroit's First Maritime History Museum

Detroit's first maritime history museum was actually on a ship! Learn more about the legacy of the J.T. Wing here. 

From the CEO: December 2021

Dear Friends,  


The Society's Storyteller

The Detroit Historical Society is celebrating its Centennial Anniversary, that means we’ve been sharing Detroit’s stories and why they matter for more than 100 years! But who is responsible for sharing our story?  

An Alternative Fort Wayne, Part II

c. 1965, Drawing depicting the various proposed historic periods and interest groupings.

An Alternative Fort Wayne, Part I

c. 1965, Fort Wayne Restoration, Including the Historic Fort, Proposed Detroit Industrial History Museum, and Other Historic Features and Waterfront Improvements.


"There’s a Museum in your future"

Now that you have learned about the construction of the Detroit Historical Museum, have you wondered what was there prior to our building? Well . . . it was a billboard, but at least it was an interesting billboard.

The Model Museum

You may notice this model looks familiar. It is, of course, the Detroit Historical Museum. But if you have been to the museum, you’ll notice that this model is not quite the same as today’s museum. This model represents the original vision for the site, which extended along W. Kirby Street all the way from Woodward Avenue to Cass Avenue.