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Maison Lecture Series

The St. Clair Shores Historical Commission is pleased to present the Joseph Laurence Maison and Elizabeth Blay Maison series of lectures.

Joseph and Elizabeth’s daughter, Lorelei Maison Rockwell and her husband Wayne Tilton Kennedy have underwritten a series of three lectures on topics such as natural history, hunting, boating, fishing, and gardening to be held each year in the spring in memory of her father, as well as a series of three lectures on topics such as local history and genealogy to be held each year in the fall in honor of Lorelei’s mother.

A donation for books on these topics in the Maison’s memory has also enriched our Library’s collection.

Origins of the Motown Sound

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
7:00 PM

The Motown Sound had its roots in music from Detroit and around the nation before Motown Records was founded in 1959. This presentation delves into the city’s history of music making, and the elements that contributed to the unique stylings of Motown and Tamla Records.

Catholic Education in Detroit:
An Evolving Mission

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
7:00 PM

At the beginning of the twentieth century, Detroit’s Catholics dedicated themselves to the establishment of a school system that provided an alternative to public schools. This system continued throughout the twentieth century. However, its mission shifted continuously to meet the changing demands of Detroit’s population. This presentation by Dr. Karen Miller, Professor of History at Oakland University, will examine that evolution.