Select Thursdays ǀ THS Members: $8 ǀ Non-member: $9
Join us each month for history talks led by guest presenters or Village staff on a variety of topics. Supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Advance registration is required. Scroll down to register and pay online or call 248-524-3570 to register and pay over the phone.

December 16: Winter in the Civil War
Join Civil War re-enactor Alex Konieczny to learn how soldiers and civilians survived the coldest and darkest months of the year, staved off boredom in winter quarters, kept themselves fed when food was scarce, and celebrated winter holidays like Christmas during the US Civil War.

 

 

 

January 27: A Decade of Change: 1901-1910 Historic Interpreter Matthew Hackett places the first decade of the 20th century in context, highlighting inventions, entertainments, and a growing Detroit, as well as architecture, fashion, and people of the era. A nationwide shift to cities outpaced rural changes, yet Troy’s connection included the growing streetcar lines, dairy farms, and the popularity of Kodak cameras. Get acquainted with a formative ten years!

 

 

February 24: Good Roads Movement in Michigan, 1888-1926
In 1890 the United States had, perhaps, the worst road system of any developed country in the world. Historian Jim Craft explains how these dusty, disjointed byways were replaced by the 1920s with the massive road network we take for granted today. Learn why Van Dyke is named the Earle Memorial Highway, the origins of the Dixie Highway and the central, though often negative, role American farmers played in the Good Roads Movement.

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