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

January 15, 2020, 7:00 pm – Chris Hensley – Hello Girls

This program will include a story of my Great Aunt Oieda Joure Christides, who, in 1918, enlisted in the Army during World War I as a telephone operator aka “Hello Girl,” along with 222 other women and were sent to France to help with WWI. They were switchboard operators who were recruited by General John Pershing to serve on the French front. When she came home, she had to fight to be recognized for her service. I will be showing a documentary film that was made by Lincoln Penny Films Production and premiered at the 40 seat Mariner Theater in Marine City, Michigan, to a sold-out crowd. Many of my cousins and siblings attended this film that featured rare 100-year old film footage of America’s first female soldiers. Four Hello Girls were highlighted and my Great Aunt was one of them.

February 29, 2020, 7:00 pm – Dennis Skupinski – Michigan Military Heritage Museum
Michigan’s contribution to the World War was more than just its service people. It was the center for a spy ring, starting point of the peace movement, center for airplane production and armaments, and so much more. Learn what Michigan contributed to the Great War and Veteran’s Day.

March 18, 2020, 7:00 pm – Jill Arnold – Seeking Michigan vs Michiganology websites

April 15, 2020, 7:00 pm – Jim Jackson – Researching the War of 1812
An overview of the causes and significant events of this war, the only war partially fought on Michigan soil. Also how to research military, bounty land and pension records online or at local, state or national archives. 

May 20, 2020, 6:00 pm Potluck Dinner
May 20, 2020, 7:00 pm Elizabeth Clemens – Poletown

This is a presentation on Poletown, as it relates to a series of photographs in the Folklore Archives, at Wayne State University.

May 31 – June 7, 2020 – DRGS Research Trip to Salt Lake City

June 20, 2020 , 7:00 pm – Derek Blount – Peter Robinson Settlements 1823 & 1825 – A British/Canadian Experiment
Destitute Irish families were brought to Upper Canada to this settlement. Derek will explore the what, where, and why of the plan and the records.

September 16, 2020, 7:00 pm Michael Rodriguez – Detroit’s Belle Isle: Island Park Gem
This is an Arcadia Book. More information coming soon.