1997: Detroit Red Wings

The Robert and Mary Ann Bury Community Gallery is a changing exhibition space made available to local historical societies, museums, non-profit organizations and educational institutions, selected for their contributions to the metro Detroit community. Organizations are featured in order to share their stories and provide new perspectives on the issues, ideas and individuals that have shaped our region’s rich history.

It was officially renamed as a tribute to retiring long-time Executive Director Bob Bury and dedicated in a ceremony on November 1, 2018.   

Our Community Gallery program received the 2020 Leadership in History Award from the American Association for State and Local History! Learn more


NOW OPEN through February 12, 2023 in the Robert and Mary Ann Bury Community Gallery

1997: Detroit Red Wings

In June 1997, The Detroit Red Wings brought the Stanley Cup back to Detroit after a 42-year absence. Twenty-five years later, the events and players of that season have become Detroit sports legends. Yzerman, Shanahan, the Russian Five and the Grind Line ushered in a dynasty that would produce three championships in five years and cement a new nickname for Detroit: “Hockeytown.”  

Utilizing artifacts from local collectors, the Detroit Historical Society, and the Ilitch Holdings Corporate archives, the exhibit will highlight how the dynasty was built and let fans relive the highlights of that exciting season: the bitter rivalry with Colorado, Joe-Vision, car flags and the excitement of the Stanley Cup run that ended with a gap-toothed Steve Yzerman hoisting the cup on home ice at Joe Louis Arena.