Events by Month

Please Note: The Detroit Historical Museum is closed due to flooding.

January 2020

December 31, 2019

Noon Year's Eve

10:00am to 12:55pm
Detroit Historical Museum

Balloon drop is right at noon!

Happy You Year, youngsters! This is an event that is all about and for you and it is all happening at the Detroit Historical Museum.

Dance #inthestreets of old Detroit to the beats of one of our favorite DJ's, enjoy complimentary drink and cookies, while counting down to the Noon Balloon drop.

Schedule of events

January 9, 2020

Motown Karaoke Night

6:00pm to 8:55pm
Detroit Historical Museum

Join the Detroit Historical Society as we honor the anniversary of Motown by hosting our very first Motown-themed karaoke competition!

January 11, 2020

Holy Redeemer

1:00pm to 2:30pm

Limited tickets still available!

Experience the beauty and faith of the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer located in the heart of southwest Detroit. Established in 1880, the current location was built in 1921, this church embodies much of the history of Detroit’s southwest side. Not only does it represent the now majority Latinx congregation; it also speaks to the many European immigrants that worshiped there.

January 11, 2020

Winter Film Series: The Forever Chemicals

2:00pm to 3:55pm
Dossin Great Lakes Museum

“PFAS” is short for per- or polyfluoroalkyl substances – a family of chemicals used to make common household products and waterproof clothing. They’re being found in an increasing number of drinking water sources, and research is only beginning to determine the health effects and what treatments there might be. Join us as we screen Detroit Public Television's recent documentary Great Lakes Now episode "Forever Chemicals" and host an insightful conversation regarding current questions and concerns over PFAS.

Winter Film Series: The Forever Chemicals

2:00pm to 3:55pm

“PFAS” is short for per- or polyfluoroalkyl substances – a family of chemicals used to make common household products and waterproof clothing. They’re being found in an increasing number of drinking water sources, and research is only beginning to determine the health effects and what treatments there might be. Join us as we screen Detroit Public Television's recent documentary Great Lakes Now episode "Forever Chemicals" and host an insightful conversation regarding current questions and concerns over PFAS.

January 11, 2020

Winter Film Series: Freedom Riders

3:00pm to 4:30pm

Freedom Riders tells the powerful, harrowing and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever. From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives—and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment—for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South.

Winter Film Series: Freedom Riders

3:00pm to 4:30pm
Detroit Historical Museum

Freedom Riders tells the powerful, harrowing and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever. From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives—and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment—for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South.

January 12, 2020

Winter Film Series: The Forever Chemicals

2:00pm to 2:55pm

“PFAS” is short for per- or polyfluoroalkyl substances – a family of chemicals used to make common household products and waterproof clothing. They’re being found in an increasing number of drinking water sources, and research is only beginning to determine the health effects and what treatments there might be. Join us as we screen Detroit Public Television's recent documentary Great Lakes Now episode "Forever Chemicals."

Shown at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum. Admission is free.

Winter Film Series: The Forever Chemicals

2:00pm to 2:55pm
Dossin Great Lakes Museum

“PFAS” is short for per- or polyfluoroalkyl substances – a family of chemicals used to make common household products and waterproof clothing. They’re being found in an increasing number of drinking water sources, and research is only beginning to determine the health effects and what treatments there might be. Join us as we screen Detroit Public Television's recent documentary Great Lakes Now episode "Forever Chemicals."

Shown at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum. Admission is free.

January 12, 2020

Winter Film Series: Freedom Riders

3:00pm to 4:30pm
Detroit Historical Museum

Freedom Riders tells the powerful, harrowing and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever. From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives—and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment—for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South.

Winter Film Series: Freedom Riders

3:00pm to 4:30pm

Freedom Riders tells the powerful, harrowing and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever. From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives—and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment—for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South.

January 16, 2020

Third Thursday Speaker Series: WSU Student Researchers

6:00pm to 7:55pm
Detroit Historical Museum

Graduate and undergraduate students from Wayne State’s History Department will take the stage to present their research from the Fall 2019 semester. Each student will showcase their Detroit-centric work. Topics will range from the fur trade in early Detroit to psychics during the turn of the 19th century and a 1970s LGBTQ-led wildcat strike. Come support the next generation of historians expanding Detroit’s historical record. 

Third Thursday Speaker Series: WSU Student Researchers

6:00pm to 7:55pm

Graduate and undergraduate students from Wayne State’s History Department will take the stage to present their research from the Fall 2019 semester. Each student will showcase their Detroit-centric work. Topics will range from the fur trade in early Detroit to psychics during the turn of the 19th century and a 1970s LGBTQ-led wildcat strike. Come support the next generation of historians expanding Detroit’s historical record. 

January 18, 2020

Historic Garden Bowl - Majestic Complex

11:00am to 12:30pm

Limited tickets still available!

Be a teen again and get out of the cold!! Join us for some good old Midwestern entertainment at the Historic Garden Bowling alley; now part of the Majestic theater complex. Step into the oldest operational bowling alley in the city, opened in 1913, and discover how both Detroit and bowling have changed in the last century.

January 18, 2020

Detroit Historical Society Ball

6:00pm to 11:55pm
Detroit in the Gilded Age:
Break the Bank with the Detroit Historical Society

 

At the State Savings Bank, 151 W. Fort St., Detroit

Saturday, January 18, 2020 

January 20, 2020

MLK Day: Beyond the Dream

10:00am to 1:55pm
Detroit Historical Museum

Free admission! Registration is required

Celebrate the life and labor of Martin Luther King, Jr. "Beyond the Dream" at the Detroit Historical Museum, hosted in partnership with the Black Historic Sites Committee.

January 23, 2020

New Members' Reception

5:30pm to 6:55pm
Detroit Historical Museum

New to the Detroit Historical Society in the last few months? Welcome! 

You and a guest are invited to join us for a casual reception to meet new members while enjoying music, refreshments and docent-led gallery tours. This invitation includes complimentary parking during the event.

Open to all membership levels. Advance registration is required. Guests names must be listed at time of registration.

January 25, 2020

WWJ Radio

10:00am to 11:30am

SOLD OUT! Please call 313.833.1801 for wait list information.

Celebrate 100 years of news radio in Detroit with WWJ Radio! Tour the station; view the magic behind what you hear on the radio. Explore the spaces that make Michigan’s only all-news radio station really tick. Stand in the very place that has been acclaimed as, ”America's Pioneer Broadcasting Station" and “Where commercial radio broadcasting began."

January 30, 2020

The Detroitist Book Talk and Signing

6:00pm to 7:55pm
Detroit Historical Museum

Please join us to celebrate Detroit writer Marsha Music (aka Marsha Battle Philpot) and the launch of her long-awaited solo book, The Detroitist.

Ms. Music will read from the book, discuss the origins of this volume of writings on Detroit, including her seminal essay, "The Kidnapped Children of Detroit" and her epic poem "Just Say Hi (The Gentrification Blues)." 

Books will be available for purchase in the museum store. 

Free with general admission. Registration is required.

The Detroitist Book Talk and Signing

6:00pm to 7:55pm

Please join us to celebrate Detroit writer Marsha Music (aka Marsha Battle Philpot) and the launch of her long-awaited solo book, The Detroitist.

Ms. Music will read from the book, discuss the origins of this volume of writings on Detroit, including her seminal essay, "The Kidnapped Children of Detroit" and her epic poem "Just Say Hi (The Gentrification Blues)." 

Books will be available for purchase in the museum store. 

Free with general admission. Registration is required.