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Author Event | Paul Vachon: Detroit: An Illustrated Timeline


Friday June 2, 2023: 2:00pm to 3:30pm  Add to Calendar /   Add to Google Calendar


Pittsfield Branch: Program Room


Join author Paul Vachon for a presentation on the newly-released second edition of his book Detroit: An Illustrated Timeline, a photographic account of significant events in Detroit's history.

Detroit: An Illustrated Timeline invites the curious reader along that chronological path that is Detroit’s past and present. 

Along the journey a myriad of fascinating events took place: the city’s fall to the British during the War of 1812, the existence of slavery in Detroit as late as the 1820s, and Mayor Hazen Pingree’s aggressive advocacy for the everyday citizen against corporate interests. Twentieth century entries include Detroit’s under-appreciated architectural heritage, the development of its notable cultural institutions, as well as the exploits of assorted scoundrels, such as the Black Legion, the Purple Gang, Harry Bennett, and Father Charles Coughlin. The book ends on a high note by drawing attention to some recent milestones—the reopening of the Book Cadillac Hotel, the restoration of the Michigan Central Station as a center for automotive research, and Detroit’s selection as a UNESCO City of Design.

Paul Vachon is an author and speaker focusing on the history of the Detroit area as his area of special interest. Paul’s books with Reedy Press include Detroit: An Illustrated Timeline and Becoming the Motor City: A Timeline of Detroit’s Auto Industry. He also works as a freelance writer covering Michigan travel, business, and popular culture. Paul has been a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors since 2010.

This event includes a signing with books for sale.