Our Programs

Membership meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month (excluding July, August, and December) at 7:00 pm at:
The Copeland Center
2306 Fourth Street (between Northline and Eureka)
Wyandotte, Michigan 48192


June 20, 2018 – Karen Dybis – The Witch of Delray
Detroit was full of stark contrasts in 1931. Political scandals, rumrunners, and mobs lurked in the shadows of the city’s soaring architecture and industrious population. As the Great Depression began to take hold, tensions grew, spilling over into the investigation of a mysterious murder at the boardinghouse of Hungarian immigrant Rose Veres. Amid accusations of witchcraft, Rose and her son Bill were convicted of the brutal killing and suspected in a dozen more. Their cries of innocence went unheeded–until one lawyer, determined to seek justice, took on the case. Author Karen Dybis follows the twists and turns of this shocking story, revealing the truth of Detroit’s own Hex Woman.


July and August 2018 – no meetings

Image: Jacques Nicolas Bellin’s 1755 map Partie occidentale de la Nouvelle France ou du Canada : pour servir à l’intelligence des affaires et l’état present en Amerique. Available from BAnQ, (

September 19, 2018 – Suzanne Sommerville – Geography for French­ Canadian Genealogists

Geography is more than the physical details of an area. It includes the response of human beings to the “lay of the land,” the opportunities and challenges of particular places, the politics of any given time, and family ties. In her PowerPoint presentation,  Suzanne will show that long before the U.S. Declaration of Independence, French, and French-Canadian voyageurs, setting out from the banks of the Saint Lawrence River, were participating in the survey of all the major waterways of our continent, except the Colorado River and the Rio Grande. Using maps and excerpts from historical documents, she focuses on

  1. Names of Places in Historical Perspective
  2. Overview: Chronology of Canadian History
  3. Population Changes in Canada.





October 17, 2018 – pending

November 28, 2018 – pending
(Please note later date due to the Thanksgiving holiday.)