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Saturday, April 10th, 2021 — 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm- on Zoom!

The ticket price is per household and allows for a single device sign in.

As one of America's most recognizable women, Rosie the Riveter, has become an icon of feminism, gumption, World War Two, and the "We can do it" spirit. Remarkable for a woman who never existed!

Join Detroit History Tours, Bailey Sisoy- Moore, as we dive deep into the history of the women who would come to be known as "Rosies". From the art, advertisements, and propaganda, to the real life women who built planes, tanks, jeeps, and ammunition; we'll explore the lasting legacy of Women War Ordnance Workers in Detroit.

You’ll learn the reason Rosie wears polka dots, all about her famous coveralls, and how she came to be called Rosie in the first place. We’ll explore the factories, warehouses, and companies where the Rosies worked - in Detroit, and celebrate their part in making the city The Arsenal of Democracy.

As part of the presentation guests are invited to cook a war time dessert prior to the lecture. With rationing in place to help the war effort, cooks across America found creative ways to sweeten, thicken, and frost with the help of "Victory Recipes". Guests will receive a written recipe, ingredient list, and private video link to a cooking tutorial - via email- one week before the event.

Ingredients are at the guests own expense. All of the ingredients are readily available at any local grocery store and the total cost will not exceed $15.

Who is leading this cooking demonstration? Oh boy, are we glad you asked! Mrs. Lorene Sisoy, grandmother extraordinaire of Detroit History Tours owner Bailey Sisoy- Moore! She won’t tell you her age - but she’ll admit to living through WW2 on the Homefront here in Detroit. She’s funny, a good cook, and ready to reminisce about sugar shortages, lard collection, and making due with what you had.

We have chosen to pre-record and distribute the cooking portion of the evening so that guests can cook at their own pace - pause, rewind, or fast forward instructions, as well as enjoying their dessert at their preferred time before, during, or after the event.

Please feel free to eat during the live lecture portion of the event--we won’t judge.

Following the lecture there will be time for questions. This event is open to all ages.

Meet the presenter:

Bailey Sisoy-Moore is the owner of Detroit History Tours and the proprietress of the Detroit History Club. She is an author, humorist, workaholic, Faygo-loving tour guide from the great City of Detroit. A lover of city ephemera, her most prized possessions include her antique books about Detroit penned by Clarence M. Burton himself, her Library of Congress readers card, her collection of vintage jewelry, and signed pay stubs of Edsel Ford. A frequent essay contributor, her most recent work can be seen in The Detroit Neighborhood Guide Book. Her first children’s book, Rosie A Detroit Herstory, hit shelves in the fall of 2018 from Wayne State Press and is receiving rave reviews. She has appeared on television as a contributor on the Travel Channel’s Tough Boats and Globe Trekker series is a common guest on history-themed podcasts and has written op-eds for local papers. She also likes to think her mother is proud. When she isn’t tramping around Detroit giving tours, drinking at century-old bars, and talking history with anyone who’ll join her, she can be found at her home in Highland Park, "a little slice of heaven inside Detroit". She is meticulous in her research and passionate about historical accuracy, yet she takes great joy in presenting history in the most exciting, playful, and accessible way possible. A passionate connoisseur of all things delicious, she adamantly argues the health benefits of coney dogs and Vernors floats.

Saturday, April 10, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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Rosie, A Detroit Herstory

Bailey Sisoy Isgro
Illustrated by Nicole Lapointe

For young readers, an illustrated true story about the women workers of World War II.

Printed Paper Case
Published: August 2018
ISBN: 9780814345443
Published: August 2018
ISBN: 9780814345450