Community Gallery: The Players

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 on June 28, 2018 and will be dedicated in a ceremony on November 1, 2018.


NOW OPEN in the Robert and Mary Ann Bury Community Gallery

The Players

A private theater and gentlemen's club founded in 1910 by a group of Detroit businessmen to encourage amateur theater, the Players is a revered institution but still little known to the public. In this exhibition, the 108+ year old organization shares its storied history, showcasing its members and 'our beautiful lady', as the Players' landmark playhouse was named many years ago. It also explores two additional long-term theatric groups - Theater Arts Society of Detroit c.1910 and The Fine Arts Society of Detroit c.1906 - that comprise The Players and provide female and mixed theater heritages. Visitors will learn about prominent past Players and see props and artifacts directly from the club, including dramatic costumes and architectural elements. A timeline of significant events in the group's history is also included.