Detroit: An Illustrated Time Line

Date:
Thursday, 05/23/2019
Time: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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At the dawn of the eighteenth century, Detroit was established as simply an outpost for the French to take advantage of the fur trade while keeping the British at bay. Over the subsequent 300 plus years this small settlement advanced to become a regional hub of commerce, a focal point of nineteenth century industrial strength, and ultimately the nexus of the auto business—the industry that redefined mobility and in doing so changed the course of world history.

Join author, Paul Vachon as he points out many of the seminal events and noteworthy turning points of Detroit’s long journey. A journey that includes the city’s fall to the British during the War of 1812, the existence of slavery as late as the 1820s, and Mayor Hazen Pingree’s aggressive advocacy for the everyday citizen against corporate interests. Discover Detroit’s rich architectural heritage, the development of its notable cultural institutions, as well as the exploits of assorted scoundrels, such as the Black Legion, the Purple Gang, Harry Bennett and Father Charles Coughlin. Triumphant sports teams, the contributions of religious leaders, and courage of civil rights leaders will all be brought to life, completing this chronological sketch of America’s city of the straits

A lifelong resident of the Detroit area, Paul Vachon is an author, freelance writer and public speaker. He possesses a strong interest in Detroit history, and has written four previous books devoted to the subject. He’s also written guidebooks on Michigan travel. Paul is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

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6:30 PM 7:30 PM America/Detroit Detroit: An Illustrated Time Line

At the dawn of the eighteenth century, Detroit was established as simply an outpost for the French to take advantage of the fur trade while keeping the British at bay. Over the subsequent 300 plus years this small settlement advanced to become a regional hub of commerce, a focal point of nineteenth century industrial strength, […]

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