Authors Toni Michnovicz-Gibson and husband John Gibson will give a lecture based on their book, Detroit Yacht Club.

At 93,658 sq. ft., the DYC clubhouse – its fifth since the DYC opened in 1868 – is the largest yacht club facility in the United States. George D. Mason – the architect of the Detroit Masonic Temple and Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel – designed the Clubhouse.

The DYC also has the largest wooden ballroom dance floor in Detroit, which is 6,000 square feet.

HFC archivist and reference librarian John Gibson does not own a yacht, and he does not want to own a yacht. Yet he has been a member of the historic Detroit Yacht Club since 2013 and wrote a book called Detroit Yacht Club as part of Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series. For 28 years, Gibson was a reference librarian for the Detroit Public Library. For 14 of those 28 years – 1990 to 2004 – he served as the archivist of the DPL’s Burton Historical Collection. He retired from DPL in 2013 as the manager of several library departments.

Detroit Yacht Club lecture

What:          Detroit Yacht Club historical lecture

When:         Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Where:        Cook Schoolhouse (20025 Mack Plaza, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI)

Time:          7:30 p.m.

Cost:           Free


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