Found Footage: Black Bottom Detroit

Detroit's Black Bottom neighborhood was razed to make way for I-375, displacing residents and erasing the neighborhood's footprint. Discover unearthed footage of the neighborhood from the Detroit Video History Archive. 

Society Member: Kim Monts


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. 

Who Is Farmer Jack?

Farmer Jack was a popular grocery store chain that can be traced back to 1924 in Detroit. 

Top Holiday Gift Items

The holidays are officially here and if you’ve got a history lover on your list, the Detroit Historical Museum store has you covered! Check out our holiday shopping guide.  

From the CEO: December 2021

Dear Friends,  


Maritime Miniatures: The Mayflower

In January 2022, The Dossin Great Lakes Museum will host a display of more than 100 Great Lakes model ships. The Detroit Historical Society maintains an extensive collection of models of multiple types, including intricately detailed steamers and schooners, half-hull models, pond models, and more. The oldest model in our collection, that of the steamer Mayflower, was built at the time the ship was active, and is a prize-winner! 

The First State In and the First State Out

Michigan was the first state to ratify Prohibition, but it was also the first state to ratify the 21st Amendment, repealing Prohibition. 

Invoking the Spirit

Exploring Detroit's historic Black Bottom through rich and inclusive content.