May 2018 – Our guest speaker, Elizabeth Clemens, Photo Archivist at the Reuther Library at Wayne State University, talked to us about her Arcadia photographic history book on Detroit during the First World War. She brought along historic slides, many of which have not been published before. Her book was released last year. April 2018- There was an abrupt change in plans when the scheduled speaker for our April meeting at the Fogolar Furlan Club in Windsor cancelled at the last minute. No problem. We’re a resourceful, resilient group and Windsor Algonquian Jim McTavish stepped right up the plate – er, podium, pinch-hitting for our originally planned speaker. Jim talked to us about the Elder College program he’s involved with. An affiliate of the University of Windsor, Canterbury College operates the Elder College educational program for the growing segment of the Windsor area population over the age of 55. March 2018 - Our guest speaker for our well-attended annual Muskrat Dinner at the Monroe Boat Club on March 20 was Ron Jones, of Plymouth MI. A volunteer at the River Raisin Battlefield historic site in Monroe, Ron discussed the Indian tribes, and chiefs – especially War Chief Tecumseh – who were present in the Detroit River region at the time of the 1813 battle. February 2018 –The guest speaker for our February meeting at the Fogolar Furlan Club in Windsor was well-known local author Herb Colling, who discussed the landmark 99-day UAW strike against the Ford Motor Company of Canada in 1945. On November 5 of that year Local 200 members blockaded Riverside Drive and Drouillard Road by seizing hundreds of cars which were parked side-by-side and bumper to bumper for two days. The tactic worked. The historic Rand Formula later handed down by arbitrator Justice Ian Rand was one of the most important pieces of jurisprudence in Canadian labor history. January 2018 – Our guest speaker was Robert Musial, who presented The Sherlock Holmes Detroit Connection. Since first appearing in 1887, Sherlock Holmes has become one of the best-known fictional characters in history. Actors as varied as Basil Rathbone, Jeremy Brett, Robert Downey Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch have portrayed him on-screen. Since 1946, a local group of Sherlockians have also gathered to celebrate their hero. Mr. Musial’s presentation investigated the Holmes phenomena, as well as the shadowy Amateur Mendicant Society of Detroit. December 2017 – The guest speaker was well known Windsor author and writer, Marty Gervais, who talked about the notorious rum running era in the border cities. An award winning journalist, photographer, poet, playwright, historian, author and teacher, Mr. Gervais is the author of several books on Windsor area history. His book The Rumrunners: A Prohibition Scrapbook was a surprise best seller when originally published in 1980. It is an illustrated history of bootlegging along the Great Lakes and it was republished in 2010. November 2017 -Our November guest speaker was Ms. Patricia Montemurri, the author of Detroit Gesu Catholic Church and School – an Arcadia regional history book released this past October. Established in 1922 near the University of Detroit (now University of Detroit – Mercy) Gesu Church is a still-active Catholic parish and is one of only four Catholic elementary schools still educating students in Detroit. Ms. Montemurri’s in-laws include the architects of this landmark Detroit church and its exquisite stained glass windows. October 2017 - In Windsor, Speakers Don Matheson and Kirk Walstedt discussed and demonstrated several replica pioneer and military weapons. They brought several examples of weapons dating back to the 18th century and invited those in attendance to handle the reproductions. September 2017 - Our inaugural guest speaker for the new season was Nick Sinacori, President of the Village of Fairview Historical Society, which he established in 2005. John Sanderson, who is a member and an authority on auto history assisted in the presentation. An established author, Mr. Sinacori has spent the last 45 years researching the history of the Fairview area of Detroit. In so doing, he has uncovered the history of the area’s horse racing and auto culture, politics and the organizational and church involvement in this important region. Nick’s dedicated research and insight into how it all worked together is sure to make for a fascinating presentation about the evolution of Detroit and its culture. We were joined by several members of the Book Club of Detroit.
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