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 19, 2019, 7:00 pm — Joann Kotcher — Donut Dolly American Red Cross Girl’s War in Vietnam
Last year was the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. Joann was one of the first women allowed in a combat zone. She will discuss the riveting story of her service as an American Red Cross Donut Dolly. These brave young women set up recreation centers and brought books, snacks and a welcome reminder of home to soldiers in the field. A highly dangerous mission, Kotcher, and other Donut Dollies, assigned to combat and combat support duty often found themselves in foxholes nose to nose with the enemy. She spent a year in Vietnam during the height of the war and, upon her return, was awarded the Civilian Service Citation for merit and bravery. She will be selling her book.

September 18, 2019 — Elizabeth Clements — Detroit in World War I

October 16, 2019, 7:00 pm — Joe Grimm — The Faygo Book
The Faygo Book is the social history of a company that has forged a bond with a city and its residents for more than a century. The story of Faygo, Detroit’s beloved soda pop, begins over a hundred years ago with two Russian immigrant brothers who were looking to get out of the baking business. Out of more than 40 bottlers in Detroit’s “pop alley,” Faygo became the last one standing. In The Faygo Book, author Joe Grimm carefully measures out the ingredients of a successful beverage company found in dicey times in a boom-and-bust town. Take a large cup of family, a pinch of innovation, carbonate it with nostalgia and a rambunctious rainbow of flavors and you have Faygo pop. Yes, we call it pop, despite the industry’s plea for a more grown­ up name. The Faygo Book is the story of a pop, a people, and a place. These stories will tickle the taste buds and memories of Detroiters and Faygo lovers everywhere. The Faygo Book is a 2019 Michigan Notable Book. There WILL be a pop quiz. Joe will be selling his book.

November 20, 2019, 7:00 pm – Todd Brighton – Patriots: Everyday Citizens and the Founding of America 1775 – 1815
Todd Brighton, a Wyandotte antique collector and historical reenactor, will be providing a talk entitled, “Patriots – everyday citizens and the founding of America.” This presentation will provide insight into the lives of American citizens and soldiers during the tumultuous early years of the Republic and include an exhibit of original artwork, manuscripts, and artifacts of the American Revolution through the War of 1812 period. Just some of what Todd has available to display include an engraving of General Washington, a Hessian Spontoon from the Battle of Saratoga, portraits of American and Native American participants of the Battles of Brownstown and Raisin River, American and British muskets and swords, as well as personal correspondence from eyewitnesses and participants of the Battle of Bladensburg and the burning of Washington, D.C. in 1814.