This presentation, based upon the book from Reedy Press, tells the story of how the auto industry and Detroit grew, prospered, ultimately suffered together and how Southeast Michigan continues to lead the world in charting the future of mobility often led by Grosse Pointers.

Presenter: Paul Vachon, (a 2018 Bicknell lecturer) is an author and freelance writer for whom Detroit area history is his favorite subject. Paul earned a BA degree from Sacred Heart Seminary College in Detroit and worked in the retail industry for two decades before becoming a full-time writer.

Due to a lack of internet availability in the Cook Schoolhouse, we are unable to livestream this lecture. Please visit the Society’s YouTube channel in the week following the lecture to view a recording.

Admission to both the live and virtual lecture are free through the generous endowment in honor of Dr. Bicknell.