Fish week: The Belle Isle Aquarium

Why build an aquarium on Belle Isle at all? Where did it get the fish? How adorable is a lake sturgeon? Answer to these questions AND MORE!

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Happy birthday to this guy

Celebrating General Friend Palmer’s birthday with “whiskey in the gentlemen’s dressing room, and champagne in the supper room.”

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Spring break

A picture book of spring in Detroit. Historical glimpses of weather patterns. A poem about Lake Erie. Plus, it’s Opening Day.

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One reason we might be called “Wolverines”

Why are we called “Wolverines”? You’ve heard the stories about the Toledo War and greedy land-grabbing settlers. Here’s one more idea, from an old tavern in Dearborn.

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Drunk history night: Venue change!

If you’re planning to join in the drunk lecture on Wednesday, please note a venue change! We had so much interest that Foran’s won’t fit all of us.

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PANORAMA! Gigantic paintings in Detroit, Part 1

Starting around 1850, Detroiters could pop into Old City Hall or the Firemen’s Hall and, for 25 cents or so, see the latest “greatest painting ever made” — sweeping views of overland route to California, the funeral of Napoleon, Bible scenes, the life of George Washington.

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Meditations on a Boat Club

The Detroit Boat Club, founded in 1839, is the oldest in the country. Its home on Belle Isle is crumbling, compelling, and calls home centuries of water sport.

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