The Detroit Historical Society was founded in 1921.
On July 24, 1951, the 250th anniversary of Detroit’s founding, a celebration was held to dedicate the new Detroit Historical Museum.
In 1949, the ‘City’s Maritime Museum’ opened aboard the landed wood schooner J.T. Wing, the last commercial sailing ship on the Great Lakes, until the Dossin family donated funds for, what would be, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, finished in 1960 on the J.T. Wing’s former site.
The Detroit Historical Society is a private, nonprofit organization located in Midtown, the heart of Detroit’s cultural center. Founded in 1921, its mission is to educate and inspire our community and visitors by preserving and portraying our region’s shared history through dynamic exhibits and experiences.
Today, the Society operates the Detroit Historical Museum and the Dossin Great Lakes Museum. In addition, the Society is responsible for the conservation and preservation of more than 250,000 artifacts that represent three centuries of our region’s rich history. Through its museum exhibits, school tour programs, community-based programs and history-themed outreach efforts, the society serves more than 100,000 people annually. For more information on the Detroit Historical Society, visit detroithistorical.org.