Events by Month

September 2021

September 4, 2021

Bee's Knees and Beaux Arts: 1920s Architectural Tour #2

11:00am to 12:30pm

Limited tickets still available!

From the fantastic facade of the Fox Theater to the grandeur of the Guardian Building, Detroit is full of Art Deco, Beaux Arts and 1920s architectural splendor. Tour downtown Detroit and discover the stories behind some of Detroit’s most famous buildings

September 6, 2021

Special Holiday Hours

1:00pm to 5:00pm
Dossin Great Lakes Museum

This year, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum will be OPEN with special afternoon hours on Labor Day, Monday, September 6!

Admission is free with a suggested $5 donation.

Reserve advance tickets at:

September 9, 2021

Public Art in the Cultural Center Tour #2

6:00pm to 7:30pm

Limited tickets still available!

Detroit’s Cultural Center is home to an array of sculptures, murals and statues, big and small. Join our walking tour to explore more than 30 works and learn about the artists who created them. Highlights include the Josephine Ford Sculpture Garden and the McGregor Memorial Conference Center Sculpture Court. 

September 15, 2021


5:30pm to 7:30pm

Lafayette Plaisance Park

1592 Antietam Ave, Detroit, MI 48207

Join us for the debut of the Invoking the Spirit: Detroit’s Historic Black Bottom walking tour, created by the Detroit Historical Society, Design Core Detroit and Octane Design for the 2021 Detroit Month of Design. With community partnership from Bailey Park Neighborhood Development Corporation and Black Bottom Archives. 

September 16, 2021

Virtual Third Thursday Speaker Series: Rivera's Detroit Industry Murals

6:30pm to 7:30pm
Detroit Historical Museum

In honor of the Detroit Historical Society’s centennial anniversary, our upcoming Third Thursday Speaker Series events will focus on Detroit stories from the past that still impact us today. Each month's discussion will bring a contemporary perspective to a different decade of the last hundred years!

September 21, 2021

Virtual Event! Exiled to Motown Solidarity Panel

6:00pm to 7:30pm
Detroit Historical Museum

How have different communities sought  to heal from the punitive histories of the United States? How does storytelling allow us to collectively envision realities beyond the carceral state? From the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II to migrant detention and the prison industrial complex, this panel will  explore how our communities engage in healing justice around the collective memory  of traumatic events to come to a place where we value abolition. 

September 23, 2021

Members-Only Reception & Tour

5:30pm to 7:00pm
Detroit Historical Museum

You and a guest are invited to join us at the Detroit Historical Museum for a casual reception where you can mix and mingle with other members while enjoying music, refreshments, docent-led gallery tours

September 24, 2021

Freep Film Festival | Shorts Program III: True Stories

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Detroit Historical Museum

This program pairs two Motor City-made films that sidestep a purist documentary approach, instead employing narrative devices to tell true Detroit stories. The movies will be followed by a discussion about using methods traditionally associated with fiction to seek greater truths through cinema. A Q&A will follow the films.

1) ‘One Sweet Night’

September 25, 2021

Indigenous History of Belle Isle Walking Tour #3

11:00am to 12:30pm

Limited tickets still available!

Join us on an important journey through Swan island, known to many as Belle Isle, as we discuss the Native history of Detroit and the surrounding region.

Fort Wayne Scavenger Hunt

11:00am to 3:00pm

Date change! Limited tickets still available!

In a game of numbers and puzzles, discover historic Fort Wayne while searching for clues and solving Detroit themed-equations to win a prize. Using a map of the fort and mysterious envelopes as tools, you’ll have four hours to complete the course, but speed will be rewarded.

September 25, 2021

Indigenous History of Belle Isle Walking Tour #4

2:00pm to 3:30pm

Limited tickets still available!

Join us on an important journey through Swan island, known to many as Belle Isle, as we discuss the Native history of Detroit and the surrounding region.

Freep Film Festival | Digging for Weldon Irvine

2:00pm to 4:00pm
Detroit Historical Museum

This exploration of the mysterious life, struggle and music of the great Weldon J. Irvine Jr., the prolific musician-composer-playwright perhaps best known for penning the civil rights anthem “Young, Gifted and Black.” Irvine, who wrote over 500 songs and more than 50 plays, was deeply vital to the culture of black freedom expression, yet is somehow overlooked within that very lexicon.

September 26, 2021

Freep Film Festival | Detroit Remember When: Rockin' Robin

2:00pm to 3:00pm
Detroit Historical Museum

If you grew up in Detroit, chances are Robin Seymour narrated your musical memories as one of the city's most popular DJs, whose career stretched back to the dawn of rock ‘n’ roll in the 1950s. He made his name at radio stations like WXYZ and WKNR along with hosting "Swingin' Time Dance Party" On CKLW-TV in the ’60s while helping propel the careers of many Motown acts and the likes of Bob Seger and Mitch Ryder. He passed away in April of 2020, but his role in Detroit broadcasting history won't be forgotten.

Year: 2020