From the Collection

An Olympic Hopeful

No, this pin doesn't come from an alternate universe.  This pin was manufactured to promote Detroit's sixth bid for the Summer Olympics.  Although Detroit was viewed by many as a sure bet for host city, the city lost out to Mexico City for the 1968 games.


Detroit's Streetcars: Past and Present

(Above: A streetcar travels down Woodward Avenue at Alexandrine, 1925; Below: Artistic rendering of the new M-1 Rail, 2014)


The Detroit River Tunnel Few Have Seen: The Michigan Central Railway Tunnel


Color postcard depicting the Michigan Central Railway Tunnel, 1910.


Roman Gribbs, 1925-2016

Mayor Roman Gribbs presents Leonard Simon of the Detroit Historical Museum with the Mayor's Medal of the City of Detroit in a 1971 ceremony.  The partially visible sign behind museum director Solon Weeks proclaims, "Detroit, City for the '70s."


Amelia Earhart Introduces the Terraplane

A city monument at Detroit's Earhart Elementary Middle School recognizing the aviator's many accomplishments.


Detroit Suffrage Pioneer Sarah Gertrude Banks

On February 15, the anniversary of Susan B. Anthony's birthday, the Detroit Historical Society is pleased to share from the collection a 107 year old postcard depicting Susan B. Anthony.  Social activist Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) was an internationally recognized leader in the long campaign to give women the right to vote. It turns out that the postcard's addressee, Dr. Sarah Gertrude Banks, has an important place in Detroit history.

Martin Luther King, Jr. in Detroit, 1966

Program, "We Rally For Freedom. Cobo Hall, Detroit. June 19, 1966.


The Mystery of the Missing Mausoleum

In our previous post, “A Fitting Place of Burial” we featured a photo of the key to Lewis Cass’s mausoleum. Several sharp-eyed readers have since pointed out that while Cass has an impressive sarcophagus-shaped monument in Elmwood Cemetery, the famed explorer, territorial governor, general, senator, Secretary of War, and Secretary of State is not actually entombed within it.