|RHGS Program: Boom Town: Detroit in the Roaring '20s|
Event Type: RHGS|
Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Time: 7:00 PM
From the dust and smoke of the nineteenth century, Detroit burst into the national spotlight in the early twentieth century. The automobile business was at full throttle, resulting in a city that grew faster than any other on the continent. Adding to the excitement, national Prohibition created a demand for alcohol that our Canadian neighbors gladly addressed. Rumrunning became the region's second largest industry. Conventions loved Detroit, and so did organized crime. Boom town meets the Wild West.
Joel Stone is the senior curator for the Detroit Historical Society which manages the Detroit Historical Museum, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, and over 300,000 objects in the city's collection. He has studied Communication, History, Archival Management and Archaeology at the University of Detroit, Wayne State University and the University College Cork, Ireland. He has authored and edited several books, supports many regional history organizations, and is currently president of the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History.
Location: Erin Auditorium
Presenter: Joel Stone