Eloise with Tyler Moll

Copeland Center 2306 Fourth Street, Wyandotte, Michigan

Eloise has a long and interesting history spanning more than 130 years. He will be covering the founding of the Wayne County poorhouse and seeing its evolution into an asylum, tuberculosis sanitarium, and general hospital among many other uses. The Wayne County house, later known as Eloise, would become one of the largest facilities of its type in the country. At its peak over 10,000 people lived and worked there, yet within 40 years of this, the Wayne county house would close completely and be abandoned. We will see the rise and fall of Eloise, the Wayne County Poorhouse and...

New York’s Burned-over District: Revival, Reform and the Migration to Michigan with Jim Craft

Copeland Center 2306 Fourth Street, Wyandotte, Michigan

It is generally recognized by even casual students of Michigan history that many of the state’s early settlers came from western New York. It is rarely appreciated, however, that this region of New York, known as the Burned-over District, played a central role in the great religious revival that swept the country in the first half of the 19th Century. Nor is it recognized that this “Second Great Awakening”, particularly as it evolved in western New York, set the stage for social and political reforms that led directly to six Constitutional Amendments, the Civil War and shaped how much of...

The Potato Famine & The Coming of the Irish to America with Terence O’Leary

Copeland Center 2306 Fourth Street, Wyandotte, Michigan

Ireland awoke to the beginning of the Great Hunger in 1845. Experience the heartbreaking stories of the Irish during the 5 long years of the Potato Famine. While it was a time of great injustice when more than 1 million Irish died, it also became a tragic blessing for over 1 million Irish who fled to America and survived. As an Irish storyteller, Mr. O’Leary’s quest is to keep the famine story alive and acquaint modern-day Irish-Americans with the tragic but also the triumphant history of our Irish ancestors. Terence O'Leary will be bringing and signing his Irish Crossings books.  The...

Wyandotte at War – A Michigan Town Fights Back in WWII with Alana Paluszewski

Copeland Center 2306 Fourth Street, Wyandotte, Michigan

Her book was released in July 2021. It is a non-fiction account of the activities of Wyandotte residents before, during, and after WWII. Over 2,200 of our citizens served in the military and thousands more fought the battle on the home front. Wyandotte lost at least 143 men during the war, and this book chronicles the sacrifice of Wyandotte’s warriors along with the challenges of our hometown heroes. She will bring her book to sell and sign.

Translating French Documents with Elizabeth White

Copeland Center 2306 Fourth Street, Wyandotte, Michigan

Her presentation will focus on some challenges that people may encounter when translating older French records. For example, translating Old French into Modern-day French and dealing with handwritten records, geographical names, and titles that no longer exist are some of the issues that she will highlight. She will pass out several samples of both French and English records so that audience members can understand why the task of translating such records can be difficult.

DRGS 2022 Salt Lake City research trip

Depart for SLC Sunday, May 22, 2022, and return to Detroit Sunday, May 29, 2022. The trip includes seven nights at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel at Temple Square. For additional details and the registration form, click here. Salt Lake Plaza Hotel at Temple Square Book your air travel (not included) The Family History Library is around the corner. The trip includes lodging, transportation between the Salt Lake City Airport and the hotel. Prepare for your trip and learn more about the library by using