'Boom Town: Detroit in the 1920s' exhibit opens at the Detroit Historical Museum

Posted at 5:06 PM, Jan 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-21 17:06:17-05

DETROIT (WXYZ)  — If you've ever wondered what Detroit was like in the roaring 1920s, now you have a chance to find out firsthand.

The Detroit Historical Museum has announced the opening of its latest exhibit Boom Town: Detroit in the 1920s, giving visitors a peek inside the past from the automobile industry to the Prohibition liquor trade.

Photo courtesy: Detroit Historical Society

According to a news release from the museum, the exhibit will tell the story of the era through 20 personal histories of Detroit residents, like sculptor Corrado Parducci and civil rights champion Ossian Sweet.

"Visitors will meet 1920s Detroiters like young adult bootlegger Julia Brunelle, 'Cotton Pickers' musician William McKinney, pioneering restauranteur George Poy and social activist Lillian Johnson among other professionals, religious leaders, social reformers, artists and everyday community members," the Detroit Historical Museum said in the release.

The Detroit Historical Museum is open to the public Thursday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. with enhanced COVID-19 health and safety measures.

The museum is also offering a virtual opportunity to visit the new exhibit. The Boom Town Ball will be held on Saturday, January 23, and tickets start at $30: [].

The exhibit will be open through the spring of 2023 on the lower level of the museum and is included with general admission.