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Subject Focus: The Windsor-Detroit Funnel: Prohibition in Detroit

(27833) Prohibition, Smuggling, Detroit River, Detroit, 1929

December 5th is Repeal Day, celebrating the end of Prohibition in the United States in 1933.

The Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was passed in 1919, prohibiting the sale, consumption, and manufacturing of alcoholic beverages. The National Prohibition Act (also known as the Volstead Act), defined what constituted an illegal alcoholic beverage  read more »

Collections Spotlight: “Out of the House: Detroit Women’s Organizations in the 20th Century”

Fresh Air Society, Camp Tamarack, Belle Isle, 1902

Two archivists from the Reuther presented talks at the Historical Society of Michigan's 57th annual Local History Conference in March. The joint session, entitled “Out of the House: Detroit Women’s Organizations in the 20th Century” was presented by Troy Eller English, the Society of Women Engineers Archivist, and Aimee Ergas, the Reuther's collections archivist for Jewish Detroit. Kathy Schmeling of the Reuther Library was the moderator.  read more »

Collection Spotlight: American Society of Women Engineers and Architects

(32368) ASWEA Logo Sketches, 1920

In 1919, University of Colorado engineering students Lou Alta Melton and Hilda Counts wanted to establish an American Society of Women Engineers and Architects—a women’s auxiliary that would run alongside professional engineering and architectural organizations.  read more »

Meet Meghan Courtney, New AFSCME Archivist

Meghan Courtney, AFSCME Archivist

Researchers may note that there’s been a new addition at the Reuther Library recently. Meghan Courtney stepped into her new position as AFSCME archivist in March. “When I saw the posting for this job, I thought it could make use of my archival training and my long-time involvement in the labor movement at the same time,” Courtney said. “I'm excited to use all the different parts of my education and life experience in this position.”  read more »

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