Eloise with Tyler Moll

Tyler Moll

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 Asylum.

Weird Downriver – Curiosities and Little Known Stories from Downriver with Jakki Malnar

Jakki Malnar

Whether you are new to local history or an old pro, this program will have something for you. Join us to learn about Slocum’s “Island”, Death by Tuna, Wyandotte’s own DB Cooper and much more. While the Speaker, Jakki Malnar, is in the building she requires everyone to be masked.  In order for everyone to hear her properly, she will be unmasked during her presentation.  If you can’t or won’t wear a mask, you will not be allowed to attend this presentation.

While the Speaker, Jakki Malnar, is in the building, she requires everyone to be masked.  In order for everyone to hear her properly, she will be unmasked during her presentation.  If you can’t or won’t wear a mask, you will not be allowed to attend this presentation.

This program has been rescheduled from October 20.

The Erie Canal with Gary Rembisz

Gary Rembisz

The Erie Canal is America’s first superhighway, over 364 miles long. It was built without steam power and through the Adirondack Mountains, up and down hills, massive boulders, and uprooting giant trees. How did they get all the water to the canal and keep it in? How did they make water run uphill? It was built with picks and shovels and muscle and blood, and an American dream.

Membership sharing

We are back in person at Copeland Center! Our program invites members to speak on findings, research, relics, family stories, or any other genealogy-related story you would like to share with our group. It’s been a long year, and we are excited to see you again. Depending on the number of people who wish to speak, we may limit time at the podium to 5 minutes.