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

September 18, 2019, 7:00 pm — Elizabeth Clements — Detroit in World War I

World War I was the catalyst that ushered in themes that would define the 20th century: industrialization, urbanization, and the struggle for equality between social classes, gender, and race. During this time, from 1914 to 1918, Detroit was a city rapidly on the rise, with spectacular economic, industrial, and population growth. These were years when some of the city’s most beautiful structures were built when its industry practices became the international standard, and when its population exploded with new, hopeful emigrants from across the globe. The war provided a unifying theme to a city struggling to define itself and caused its people to come together in new and unexpected ways to support the war effort at home and abroad, often stepping into unfamiliar roles outside of societal norms.

Detroit in World War I offers a visual exploration of a city and a people caught in a time of dynamic change—from the men who served the cause to the communities they left behind—who rose to the challenge splendidly and helped create one of the 20th century’s most remarkable and vibrant cities.

Faygo Book

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.

January 15, 2020, 7:00 pm – Lenore Bolthouse – Willow Run Bomer Plant and Yankee Air Museum

Lenore Bolthouse

The history of the Willow Run Bomber plant (Ypsilanti, MI) in World War II. The Bomber Plant produced over 8,600 B-24 Liberator bombers, a key part of the allied arsenal in the war.
It will also discuss the thousands of women known collectively as Rosie the Riveters coming to work at the plant, and the impact they played for the winning of WWII.

The presentation will then cover the start of why we entered the war, and things going on around the Home Front from Rosie’s perspective, including scrap drives, rationing, and Victory Gardens.

Lenore will also include details on how women played a critical part in every branch of the military. She will conclude with an overview of the remaining piece of the factory and the exciting plans to move into the remaining 144,000 square feet of the Willow Run Bomber Plant.

February 29, 2020, 7:00 pm – Pending

March 18, 2020, 7:00 pm – Carolyn Griffin – The Huguenots: Coming to America

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