Historic Detroit


Help us keep the website running

Jun. 18, 2018

Hello, friends. I’m afraid we need to have a serious conversation. For seven years, I’ve been running this website as a service to #Detroit and those who share my love for the city. Hosting costs, web development costs, subscriptions to research tools and more, not to mention the insane amount of time that I pour into it, have really started to add up. Applications for grants have resulted in failure. Book royalties after taxes (about 50 cents per) doesn’t really get the job done. As a result, I’ve been able to spend less and less time on the site. I find myself wondering whether I should just shut the whole shebang down.

But then I see that we average 18,000 to 20,000 visitors each month. I think that if just a fraction of you would consider chipping in, even just a few dollars a month, it would help us keep things going. It also would help us greatly expand what we can do and share on the site, and maybe even hire some help to really get things popping. Our photo galleries, quite frankly, suck and need stocking, for instance. We have added rewards, including a neat service that will have an authentic Detroit postcard mailed to you each month. Every trip to the mailbox will be like a trip back in Motor City history! We are also exploring some more rewards and have some exciting ideas in store. On top of all that, we will also list your name as a sponsor on the website. We greatly appreciate your likes, your clicks and your page views over the past seven years, but now we’re asking for you to help us shoulder the costs of continuing our mission!

So, if you’d like to help us continue our mission, you can make a donation to our Patreon page right here. We’ve set up some neat rewards to thank you for your generosity and helping us continue to share the stories behind the Motor City’s buildings, boats, monuments and more!

Thank you for your support!

Site updates

May. 6, 2018

We have added more than 200 new historic postcards and 20 new buildings and monuments to the website.

"Greetings from Detroit" a finalist for Book of the Year!

Mar. 21, 2018

“Greetings from Detroit” is a finalist for the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award! Get your signed copy and a free vintage Detroit postcard by ordering from our shop, right here and get free shipping, a free vintage Detroit postcard and an autographed copy.

How to help support our Belle Isle book project

Nov. 14, 2017

Thank you to everyone who has submitted photos and donated to our project. We are raising money in order to pay photographers for their work, ensuring we make the most beautiful book possible of one of Detroit’s most beautiful places. We have all sorts of nifty donation incentives for you, from books, T-shirts and vintage Detroit postcards to life jackets from the Boblo boats, bricks from the Guardian Building, old Vernors memorabilia and actual used train tickets from Michigan Central Station. All donations are TAX-DEDUCTIBLE. You can learn more about the project and help make it happen by clicking right here.