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We're excited!  Finally, we have a physical facility!  The EHS will be occupying the lower level of the Ecorse Public Library, 4184 W. Jefferson Ave., Ecorse, MI 48229.  You will be able to come in & enjoy exhibits, displays, documents and artifacts as well as special programs & events!  Renovations will begin soon.  We'll keep you posted & don't forget to visit & "Like" us on Facebook!

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Please consider adding the EHS to your gift list.  Thank you!

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The Annual EHS Chili Cook Off has been CANCELLED for 2021 due to COVID-19 mass gathering concerns.  We want you to stay safe & healthy.  See you next year!

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EHS Christmas in the Park


Christmas in the Park Christmas Decorating Contest!


This year our non-profit organization wants you & your family, group, church, business or organization to create an exhibit during the holiday season.  It's time to kick the tree lighting up a notch.  Help us turn Dingell Park into a holiday delight! 


Why are we doing this?  We need lights & ornaments!   We want your creativity to be shared with everyone!  Winners of this contest receive monetary prizes and other goodies!  Did we mention bragging rights?


 Interested?  Great!  Stay tuned for details!

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If you know Black history facts, or have artifacts and/or documents relevant to Ecorse, we'd love to talk to you! Message us so we can make an appointment with you.  Send us a message or give us a call at (313) 386-2025 Ext. 4  We're anxious to hear from you!

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The EHS is looking for a volunteer who's interested in...

Finding the Stories: Setting up an Oral History Project

Conducting oral interviews is a major step toward a larger historical project. Those looking to start an oral history program will learn the process of identifying interviewees, developing questionnaires, and conducting interviews.

Interested?  Send us a message!

The Story of Us...

Let's rewind to the last two decades of the 18th century, the area that would eventually become Ecorse, was originally a Native American burial ground before being settled by the French and named Riviere Aux Echorches which means, in English, The River of the Barks". 

In 1827, the Michigan Territorial Legislature created the Township of Ecorse 10 years before Michigan became a state.  When Ecorse Township was first created, it covered 54 square miles of land running from the Detroit River to Taylor, Michigan.

Logging was quite important to the people of Ecorse as the industry contributed to most of the jobs during the early years.

In the 1900's steel became a huge factor in our community and on July 5, 1923 Michigan Steel Mill opened with a then jaw dropping 500 employees which, of course, grew as time went on.

Ecorse officially became a city on September 19, 1941 and adopted the city charter September 19, 1942. 

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History Skills Workshops®


All workshops will be REMOTE ACCESS ONLY until further notice.

These training opportunities help historical organizations and interested history advocates gain skills that can be applied in museums, organizations, and personal collections.

  • If you are a personal member of HSM or represent an organization that itself is a member of the Society, registration is $49.

  • Registration for nonmembers is $89 and includes a one-year HSM Household Membership.

  • Our Doubleheader sessions offer a workshop in the morning and another in the afternoon on related topics. You can sign up for either the morning or the afternoon OR register for the whole day at a discount.

  • Registration closes at noon the day before the scheduled workshop.

  • Materials are included with your registration. Any handouts from the presenter will be sent to remote attendees.

To register for a workshop, click the pic to use our secure online registration form or call (800) 692-1828.

The Ecorse Historical Society is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization and your gift may qualify as a charitable deduction for Federal Income Tax purposes. Donors should consult their tax advisers or the IRS to determine whether a contribution is deductible. 


The Ecorse Historical Society will not trade, share or sell a donor’s personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations.

Ecorse Historical Society's office is located at:

Albert B. Buday Civic Center

3869 W Jefferson Ave

2nd Floor

Ecorse, MI 48229

(313) 386-2520  Ext. 4