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World Film Premier: A LIGHT FOR JUSTICE

November 1, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Join us on Wednesday, 1 Nov 2023 at the Detroit Historical Museum for the World Film Premier: A LIGHT FOR JUSTICE, a Historical Society film, celebrates the history of the Detroit courthouse and showcases its restoration and future. Filmmakers Scott Zuchlewski and Will Lawson with narrator Detroit media legend Carmen Harlan guide inside looks at the practices, personalities and trials with archival firm plus insightful interviews with judges, attorneys and officials.


The film begins at 6:30 p.m. but there is a catered reception at 5:30 pm.

Reception:  Streets of Old Detroit, Grand Trunk Passenger Station:

The Detroit Historical Museum’s most beloved signature exhibit, located on the lower level, is undoubtedly the Streets of Old Detroit

Step into Detroit’s past and experience the city’s dramatic transformation from rural frontier town to industrial giant in three time periods: the 1840s, 1870s and 1900s.

In the 1840s, Detroit was a small town of simple buildings and small shops. Welcoming immigrants and catering to travelers, Detroit, with a population of about 9,000, was leaving the fur trade behind to become a major commercial center in the western wilderness. New transportation methods – namely canals, steamships and trains – hastened the development of the city. New settlers arrived daily. The city roads were often dirt and mud, but main thoroughfares featured cobblestones. Detroit was slowly industrializing. While grist and saw mills were still the leaders, tobacco manufacturing, soap and candle making, edge tool manufacturers, brass and iron foundries, breweries were emerging. Manufacture of carriages and wagons began, which later became a leading industry. The refining of metals quickly superseded all other industries in importance. Copper smelting, with 7 establishments and an output of $1.5 million worth of ingots, outranked the iron industry. In 1860, there were 163 manufacturing businesses that employed more than 2,000 men. Thirteen kinds of products were listed. Detroit in 1840 also boasted 27 dry goods stores, 25 grocery provision stores, 14 hardware stores, 7 clothing stores, 8 silversmiths and jewelers, 8 druggists, 10 extensive forwarding and commission stores, 3 bookstores and 4 hotels. The following stores in the exhibition illustrate the city’s growth:

Movie Premier:  Booth Auditorium (LIMITED CAPACITY) so reserve your space today!



Admission is FREE with Court Historical Society membership.

However, if you are a member listed below, please choose FREE ticket.  Otherwise, please choose the $25 ticket and we will ADD membership in the Court Historical Society to your chapter membership, and then enjoy free admission to the “A Light for Justice” premiere.

Additionally as the Court Historical Society

We THANK our bar associations current members of the Court Historical Society:

Nicholas Andrews Catherine Dobrowitsky David Haron Tammy Lundstrom Alvin Sallen
Elisa Angeli Palizzi Sean Dutton Ernest Hassan Mona Majzoub Armeen Shroff
Dennis Barnes Lisa Dwyer Robert Hertzberg Sean McNally Michelle Stephenson
Kimberly Bedigian Susan Fairchild James Kelly Barbara McQuade Michael Stevenson
Jackson Buday Todd Fracassi Deborah Kovsky-Apap Gregory Murray Josh Zeman
Charles Bullock Edward Frankfort Kay Kress Steven Rhodes
Elliot Crowder Sonya Goll Matthew Lund Michelle Ruggiero



November 1, 2023
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Matt Lund


Detroit Historical Society
5401 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI
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