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May 16, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Category: Lecture
Location: Detroit Historical Museum | Map
5401 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Parents, Prospective Students


Growing by Leaps and Bounds: Detroit in the Early 19th Century

Come and learn something new about the history of our extraordinary city! A group of students from Wayne State University will present the research conducted as part of a joint effort between Wayne State and DHS to produce an edited collection on Detroit’s 19th century history. Wayne State scholars will engage guests with their research and answer questions following their presentations.

Presenters and topics include:

Katie Martinelli, A Hideous Apparatus of Death: Crime, Punishment and the Last Execution in 1830s Detroit

David Webb, Launching a Frontier Dockyard: Shipbuilding and the Beginnings of Industrial Detroit

Ken Alyass, From Crisis to Statehood: The Great Panic of 1837 and Competing Notions of Economic Development in Michigan

Kyra Goeller, "We did not make them equal, to our homes, to our tables, or our bosoms": Race, Citizenship, and Suffrage Rights in Michigan during the Michigan Constitutional Conventions of 1835 and 1850

Rochelle Danquah, "Pride and Prejudice": The Black Presence in Nineteenth-Century Port Huron, Michigan

Attendance is free, but pre-registration is encouraged, as space is limited for this popular series. To register, please contact Casie Blovsky at 313.833.1801 or

For more information about this event, please contact Casie Blovsky at 313.833.1801 or