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Prohibition’s Proving Ground: Cops, Cars and Rumrunners in the Toledo-Detroit-Windsor Corridor with Joseph Boggs

Copeland Center 2306 Fourth Street, Wyandotte, Michigan

Do you like stories about booze, cars, cops, and crime? Then join Joe Boggs, the author of a new book called Prohibition's Proving Ground, as he shares how prohibition enforcement and automobile culture collided on the Toledo-Detroit-Windsor corridor. With a special emphasis on the Downriver area, the presentation will focus on how our region's automobile boom significantly aided local rumrunners but challenged those responsible for enforcing dry laws. Joseph Boggs will bring his book to sell & sign for a discounted price of $20.

Suffragists Almost There with Gary Rembisz

Copeland Center 2306 Fourth Street, Wyandotte, Michigan

It took 72 years for women to gain their right to vote. In 1848 the first women’s convention was held in Seneca Fall, NY where the Declaration of Sediments was signed. Single women had few rights, married women had no rights, not even to their own paycheck. Her possessions and gifts belonged to their husbands, and in case of her divorce, no child custody. They earned half of their male counterparts. If you think we have tough women now, see what your grandmothers, great grandmothers, and great great grandmothers went through to get the vote. They were spit upon, punched,...

Polar Bears of WWI with Mike Grobbel

Copeland Center 2306 Fourth Street, Wyandotte, Michigan

One hundred and four years ago during the winter of 1918-1919, 5,200 U.S. soldiers - the majority of them from Michigan - were stranded in a sub-arctic region of North Russia, engaged in bitter combat with the Bolshevik Red Army. They had arrived in Archangel, Russia on September 4, 1918, and their battles continued long after the Armistice was signed on November 11th. Eventually, they were withdrawn from this obscure military intervention in June of 1919, but not before 230 men lost their lives. Today the “Polar Bears” are no longer with us, but they and their service to our...