BAILEY SISOY ISGRO. Proprietress, owner, lover of history.   Bailey Sisoy Isgro 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.  She works as an automotive clay sculptor by day, and by night she writes and lectures on the history of Detroit. 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, hits shelves Summer 2018 from Wayne State Press and is already 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.

BAILEY SISOY ISGRO. Proprietress, owner, lover of history.

Bailey Sisoy Isgro 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.  She works as an automotive clay sculptor by day, and by night she writes and lectures on the history of Detroit. 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, hits shelves Summer 2018 from Wayne State Press and is already 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.


We have the great privilege of being joined on this adventure by an amazing cast of wonderful Detroiters. Their expertise, help, enthusiasm, and joy is contagious and our gratefulness at their participation is difficult to fully express...So we buy them beer.

  Gregory   Greg is a retired Detroit City bus driver with 31 years of service to his good name. He started working for All Star Motorcoach inc in 2010, and has been driving for us since the beginning. It has been a happy marriage because we share the same philosophy of providing safe and reliable service.  Greg’s got one of the greatest watch collections around, seriously check out his wrist when you hop on the bus.  Our favorite Greg quote: “We’ve got construction, a Tigers game, and a parade...Don’t worry about it. I’ve got you.”

Gregory

Greg is a retired Detroit City bus driver with 31 years of service to his good name. He started working for All Star Motorcoach inc in 2010, and has been driving for us since the beginning. It has been a happy marriage because we share the same philosophy of providing safe and reliable service.

Greg’s got one of the greatest watch collections around, seriously check out his wrist when you hop on the bus.

Our favorite Greg quote: “We’ve got construction, a Tigers game, and a parade...Don’t worry about it. I’ve got you.”

  Gwyn   Gwyn grew up in Detroit, living first in the Barton-McFarland and then Rosedale Park neighborhoods. She attended Detroit Public Schools K-12, and graduated from (the sadly gone) Redford High School. Go Huskies! Her connections our fair city include teenage jobs at Kresge’s (announcing the Blue Plate Special) and Sanders (slicing cream puffs and pouring hot fudge), and Sunday mornings spent in her childhood church – also where she was married – First UU at Cass and Forest. She credits her Dad for instilling her love of the history of places, and the enjoyment of a good walk through them. A newly retired teacher, Gwyn looks forward to spending more time with her interests, which include: traveling, birding, and concocting homemade cocktail ingredients… plus, of course, MORE time spent in DETROIT!   Our favorite Gwyn quotes: "According to the 1800's map..." and "Can I bring you some homemade limoncello?"

Gwyn

Gwyn grew up in Detroit, living first in the Barton-McFarland and then Rosedale
Park neighborhoods. She attended Detroit Public Schools K-12, and graduated from
(the sadly gone) Redford High School. Go Huskies! Her connections
our fair city include teenage jobs at Kresge’s (announcing the Blue Plate Special)
and Sanders (slicing cream puffs and pouring hot fudge), and Sunday mornings
spent in her childhood church – also where she was married – First UU at Cass and
Forest. She credits her Dad for instilling her love of the history of places, and the enjoyment of a good walk through them. A newly retired teacher, Gwyn looks forward to spending more time with her interests, which include: traveling, birding, and concocting homemade
cocktail ingredients… plus, of course, MORE time spent in DETROIT!

Our favorite Gwyn quotes: "According to the 1800's map..." and "Can I bring you some homemade limoncello?"

  Nicole   Nicole is a local Detroit freelance artist and resident geek.  She's passionate about Detroit's French heritage and weird folklores, bike life, art, nerdery, and general tom foolery.  When she's not working on "art" and commissions in her little shop of horrors (a spooky room in the basement of an 1800's queen anne) she can be found volunteering around town, dressing up in costumes, biking, roller skating, digging around for weird Detroit tales, and never taking a serious photo. Ever.   Our favorite Nicole quote: “A lot of people call me “Pink”, I think it is mostly because of my hair…”

Nicole

Nicole is a local Detroit freelance artist and resident geek.  She's passionate about Detroit's French heritage and weird folklores, bike life, art, nerdery, and general tom foolery.  When she's not working on "art" and commissions in her little shop of horrors (a spooky room in the basement of an 1800's queen anne) she can be found volunteering around town, dressing up in costumes, biking, roller skating, digging around for weird Detroit tales, and never taking a serious photo. Ever. 

Our favorite Nicole quote: “A lot of people call me “Pink”, I think it is mostly because of my hair…”

  Dennis   Dennis first heard the call of Detroit in 1998 while living in his hometown of Buffalo; when a job offer in the automotive design field moved him to Motown.  Nearly 20 years later he still loves the city and has made Detroit his base. Dennis works as an automotive sculptor where his skills have helped develop nearly two decades of Chevrolet models. A graduate of Alfred University with a degree in Fine Arts, Dennis is a talented artist whose paintings have been shown internationally. Although galleries boast his work in Detroit, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and as far afield as Germany, he finds inspiration among Detroit’s rust belt heritage. A lover of vintage ephemera, industrial history, and architecture he searches out the colors, patterns, and textures of the Motor City’s past. Named Illustrator of the Year by Real Detroit, his work attracts collectors as well as critical acclaim. A passionate father he can often be found on the soccer field sharing his love of the sport with his two kids. All three of them cheer loud and proud at most Detroit City Football Club games.    Our favorite Dennis Quote: Dennis doesn’t do quotes as much as he does weird noises we’ve all come to love. In lieu of of a quote imagine the noise a dolphin makes mixed with impressive whistle and snapping skills. That’s sort of what Dennis sounds like when he is happy.

Dennis

Dennis first heard the call of Detroit in 1998 while living in his hometown of Buffalo; when a job offer in the automotive design field moved him to Motown.  Nearly 20 years later he still loves the city and has made Detroit his base. Dennis works as an automotive sculptor where his skills have helped develop nearly two decades of Chevrolet models. A graduate of Alfred University with a degree in Fine Arts, Dennis is a talented artist whose paintings have been shown internationally. Although galleries boast his work in Detroit, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and as far afield as Germany, he finds inspiration among Detroit’s rust belt heritage. A lover of vintage ephemera, industrial history, and architecture he searches out the colors, patterns, and textures of the Motor City’s past. Named Illustrator of the Year by Real Detroit, his work attracts collectors as well as critical acclaim. A passionate father he can often be found on the soccer field sharing his love of the sport with his two kids. All three of them cheer loud and proud at most Detroit City Football Club games.  

Our favorite Dennis Quote: Dennis doesn’t do quotes as much as he does weird noises we’ve all come to love. In lieu of of a quote imagine the noise a dolphin makes mixed with impressive whistle and snapping skills. That’s sort of what Dennis sounds like when he is happy.

  Karen   Karen Dybis is a Metro Detroit reporter who has blogged for Time magazine, written stories for U.S. News and World Report and worked the business desk at The Detroit News. She is the author of four Detroit history books: "The Ford-Wyoming Drive-In: Cars, Candy and Canoodling in the Motor City," "Better Made in Michigan: The Salty Story of Detroit's Best Chip” about Detroit’s tasty potato-chip manufacturing history and “The Witch of Delray,” a look at a 1931 murder mystery set in Detroit’s Great Depression. Her latest, "Secret Detroit,” is a travel guide to Detroit’s awesome and intriguing landmarks, architectural achievements and historical highlights.    Our favorite Karen quote “So, I just had to learn more about it!”   

Karen

Karen Dybis is a Metro Detroit reporter who has blogged for Time magazine, written stories for U.S. News and World Report and worked the business desk at The Detroit News. She is the author of four Detroit history books: "The Ford-Wyoming Drive-In: Cars, Candy and Canoodling in the Motor City," "Better Made in Michigan: The Salty Story of Detroit's Best Chip” about Detroit’s tasty potato-chip manufacturing history and “The Witch of Delray,” a look at a 1931 murder mystery set in Detroit’s Great Depression. Her latest, "Secret Detroit,” is a travel guide to Detroit’s awesome and intriguing landmarks, architectural achievements and historical highlights. 

Our favorite Karen quote “So, I just had to learn more about it!”
 

  Augusta   Augusta Morrison is a community organizer, educator, and musician based in Detroit. She attended Michigan State University and studied Arts and Humanities and Art Education. Upon moving to the city and completing her teaching degree, she started Neue Haus Detroit, a roving arts exhibition series supporting Michigan artists and musicians. She is deeply passionate about music and arts and has worked within the education and programming departments at the Broad Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and Detroit Institute of Arts. Augusta spends a lot of time researching music history, booking local and touring talent, plays in Detroit-based band, Double Winter, and has an experimental music and performance project called Bigabite.   Our favorite Augusta quote “Yeah. Totally.”

Augusta

Augusta Morrison is a community organizer, educator, and musician based in Detroit. She attended Michigan State University and studied Arts and Humanities and Art Education. Upon moving to the city and completing her teaching degree, she started Neue Haus Detroit, a roving arts exhibition series supporting Michigan artists and musicians. She is deeply passionate about music and arts and has worked within the education and programming departments at the Broad Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and Detroit Institute of Arts. Augusta spends a lot of time researching music history, booking local and touring talent, plays in Detroit-based band, Double Winter, and has an experimental music and performance project called Bigabite.

Our favorite Augusta quote “Yeah. Totally.”

  Leslie   Leslie was born and still resides in the city of Dearborn. She is an avid traveler, musician, artist, history buff and science fiction geek. Now an adventure-seeking graduate with a degree in Geotourism, Leslie devotes much of her time to running a historic photography booth at art fairs and making full use of her memberships to the DIA and The Henry Ford and Greenfield Village. Her work behind the camera has given our adventure log some of its coolest images.  Her great grandma was the first woman to swim all the way around Belle Isle in the frigid Detroit river!  Our favorite Leslie quote: “Well, if that's the plan we are going to need a lot more chocolate!”

Leslie

Leslie was born and still resides in the city of Dearborn. She is an avid traveler, musician, artist, history buff and science fiction geek. Now an adventure-seeking graduate with a degree in Geotourism, Leslie devotes much of her time to running a historic photography booth at art fairs and making full use of her memberships to the DIA and The Henry Ford and Greenfield Village. Her work behind the camera has given our adventure log some of its coolest images.

Her great grandma was the first woman to swim all the way around Belle Isle in the frigid Detroit river!

Our favorite Leslie quote: “Well, if that's the plan we are going to need a lot more chocolate!”

  Madelyn   Madelyn, has a closet of vintage clothing and a way of turning every conversation into praise for the Dodge Brothers. She manages the collections, exhibits, tours and education programs at Meadow Brook Hall, a 110-room National Historic Landmark that excites her interest in the social history and evolution of functional aspects of residential architecture. There, she plans exhibits about everything from French fashion to horse racing, and in 2014, she opened a major permanent exhibit on the Dodge Brothers Motor Company for their centennial. She co-authored the Images of America history of Rochester and Rochester Hills in 2011. Her Detroit claim-to-fame is that her dad almost bought the kielbasa recipe from Kopytko's... and she wishes every day that he had. RIP, smoked sausage of her youth.  Our favorite Madelyn quote: “I’ll research that but I’m pretty sure it's John Dodge.”

Madelyn

Madelyn, has a closet of vintage clothing and a way of turning every conversation into praise for the Dodge Brothers. She manages the collections, exhibits, tours and education programs at Meadow Brook Hall, a 110-room National Historic Landmark that excites her interest in the social history and evolution of functional aspects of residential architecture. There, she plans exhibits about everything from French fashion to horse racing, and in 2014, she opened a major permanent exhibit on the Dodge Brothers Motor Company for their centennial. She co-authored the Images of America history of Rochester and Rochester Hills in 2011. Her Detroit claim-to-fame is that her dad almost bought the kielbasa recipe from Kopytko's... and she wishes every day that he had. RIP, smoked sausage of her youth.

Our favorite Madelyn quote: “I’ll research that but I’m pretty sure it's John Dodge.”

  Jason   Descended from a long line of loud, passionate, excitable, proud, working class Slavs, Jason was born and raised in North Central Ohio. From a childhood in the shadow of Cleveland and Youngstown to his education in Pittsburgh to a settled adulthood in Detroit, Jason has lived all over the Rust Belt and has steel and coal in his blood. A passionate amateur historian and inveterate Russophile, Jason is an avid consumer of all sorts of history. While he focuses on Detroit history, he is also heavily into Slavic and Russian history, maritime history, military history, aviation history, music history, and culinary anthropology (it’s a real thing, trust him). Although he was trained as a chef, Jason went feral years ago and has been a freelancer for fifteen years now. After a stint in the advertising industry, where he took pictures of cars and motorcycles for a living, Jason is currently a freelance game designer/automotive journalist, part time touring musician, and stay-at-home parent. Jason shares his life with his wife, two young daughters named after famous Soviet Air Force aviatrices, and the laziest cat in all the land. What little down time Jason has he fills with watching B-movies, playing games, tinkering with a collection of antique motorcycles, collecting WWII rifles, cooking, and generally making a nuisance of himself.  Our favorite Jason quote: “Meet me at the bar. I want to talk history with you while we drink Slovo, own the jukebox, and carouse."

Jason

Descended from a long line of loud, passionate, excitable, proud, working class Slavs, Jason was born and raised in North Central Ohio. From a childhood in the shadow of Cleveland and Youngstown to his education in Pittsburgh to a settled adulthood in Detroit, Jason has lived all over the Rust Belt and has steel and coal in his blood. A passionate amateur historian and inveterate Russophile, Jason is an avid consumer of all sorts of history. While he focuses on Detroit history, he is also heavily into Slavic and Russian history, maritime history, military history, aviation history, music history, and culinary anthropology (it’s a real thing, trust him). Although he was trained as a chef, Jason went feral years ago and has been a freelancer for fifteen years now. After a stint in the advertising industry, where he took pictures of cars and motorcycles for a living, Jason is currently a freelance game designer/automotive journalist, part time touring musician, and stay-at-home parent. Jason shares his life with his wife, two young daughters named after famous Soviet Air Force aviatrices, and the laziest cat in all the land. What little down time Jason has he fills with watching B-movies, playing games, tinkering with a collection of antique motorcycles, collecting WWII rifles, cooking, and generally making a nuisance of himself.

Our favorite Jason quote: “Meet me at the bar. I want to talk history with you while we drink Slovo, own the jukebox, and carouse."

  Michael    Michael G. Smith is a Detroit-area architecture historian with an interest in early twentieth-century building and construction. His lifelong enthusiasm for the fine arts led to an early career as a graphic artist and, more recently, he conducts research and provides photography services for local real estate developers. He is the author of Designing Detroit; Wirt Rowland and the rise of Modern American Architecture, and a number of articles on Detroit's architectural history.   Designing Detroit was a winner of the Michigan History Award, selected as a Michigan Notable Book, and a Forward INDIES silver medal winner in the architecture category.     Our favorite quote of Michael's "when we were leaving Two Way Inn (bar), I saw something I'd never seen before: the letters "WPA" stamped on the sidewalk. I confirmed through a bit of research that this indicates the sidewalk was constructed by the Works Progress Administration. It also suggests that the sidewalk, and perhaps even the street, was first paved during the 1930s."

Michael

Michael G. Smith is a Detroit-area architecture historian with an interest in early twentieth-century building and construction. His lifelong enthusiasm for the fine arts led to an early career as a graphic artist and, more recently, he conducts research and provides photography services for local real estate developers. He is the author of Designing Detroit; Wirt Rowland and the rise of Modern American Architecture, and a number of articles on Detroit's architectural history. 

Designing Detroit was a winner of the Michigan History Award, selected as a Michigan Notable Book, and a Forward INDIES silver medal winner in the architecture category.
 

Our favorite quote of Michael's "when we were leaving Two Way Inn (bar), I saw something I'd never seen before: the letters "WPA" stamped on the sidewalk. I confirmed through a bit of research that this indicates the sidewalk was constructed by the Works Progress Administration. It also suggests that the sidewalk, and perhaps even the street, was first paved during the 1930s."

  Jeff  Jeff’s love for the city of Detroit began as a youngster at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull with his dad and a bag of peanuts. Since then its grown into a full fledged love affair with the city he now calls home. As our official coney dog ambassador, he is overjoyed to point you in the right direction of the nearest, best, freshest, cash-only, or out of the way hot dog joint. When not working his day job as a mechanic, he can be found on a local golf course, shotgunning Stroh's beer at century old bars, or dining with friends in the basement of Polish Village in Hamtramck (order the pork chops, trust him). His lifelong love of maps has reached a new fever with his discovery of the Detroit Public Library's vast collection.     Our favorite Jeff quote: “Detroit's the kind of place a 6'4'' ginger can dress up like the Vernor's guy and be celebrated for it. I love Detroit."   

Jeff
Jeff’s love for the city of Detroit began as a youngster at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull with his dad and a bag of peanuts. Since then its grown into a full fledged love affair with the city he now calls home. As our official coney dog ambassador, he is overjoyed to point you in the right direction of the nearest, best, freshest, cash-only, or out of the way hot dog joint. When not working his day job as a mechanic, he can be found on a local golf course, shotgunning Stroh's beer at century old bars, or dining with friends in the basement of Polish Village in Hamtramck (order the pork chops, trust him). His lifelong love of maps has reached a new fever with his discovery of the Detroit Public Library's vast collection. 


Our favorite Jeff quote: “Detroit's the kind of place a 6'4'' ginger can dress up like the Vernor's guy and be celebrated for it. I love Detroit."
 

  Brad  Brad has always known how to arrive without warning and in style; he was born in the front seat of a 1964 Lincoln Continental. From that fateful day to this, he’s been a proud Michigander. His childhood on the East side of Grosse Pointe Woods, gave way to an adulthood spent in varying degrees of drunken, sports tomfoolery, all over metro Detroit, before moving into the city proper five years ago. The only member of our team to have seen the Lions play at Tiger Stadium (We fact checked it, it really happened.), repeal down a Detroit skyscraper, and know all the words to Broadway musicals, he’s followed the Pistons from Cobo to The Palace and now back into the city of Detroit. From “The Old Barn” for Red Wings games to the Southwest side for hot wings, Brad’s seen, done, and loved it all.  A proud Detroiter he’s quick with a joke or a restaurant recommendation but never rushes a good story.     Our favorite Brad quote: “?”   

Brad
Brad has always known how to arrive without warning and in style; he was born in the front seat of a 1964 Lincoln Continental. From that fateful day to this, he’s been a proud Michigander. His childhood on the East side of Grosse Pointe Woods, gave way to an adulthood spent in varying degrees of drunken, sports tomfoolery, all over metro Detroit, before moving into the city proper five years ago. The only member of our team to have seen the Lions play at Tiger Stadium (We fact checked it, it really happened.), repeal down a Detroit skyscraper, and know all the words to Broadway musicals, he’s followed the Pistons from Cobo to The Palace and now back into the city of Detroit. From “The Old Barn” for Red Wings games to the Southwest side for hot wings, Brad’s seen, done, and loved it all.  A proud Detroiter he’s quick with a joke or a restaurant recommendation but never rushes a good story. 


Our favorite Brad quote: “?”
 

  Leslie   Leslie grew up in the Warrendale neighborhood of Detroit. She is an avid museum goer, theater lover, and library patron. Always willing to try something new she’s the first to order the fancy new cocktail, wander off the beaten path, or try the great little ethnic restaurant. The mother of two gorgeous daughters she instilled in both of them a love of Detroit, exploration, and information. When it comes to lending a hand there is no one better. Whether it's ripping out carpet at The Detroit History Club, acting as a tour docent, or suggesting the next great tour stop she’s always first to jump in and help.  She also happens to be Bailey’s mom.  Our Favorite Leslie quote “Me too, I’ll go...Where are we going?”

Leslie

Leslie grew up in the Warrendale neighborhood of Detroit. She is an avid museum goer, theater lover, and library patron. Always willing to try something new she’s the first to order the fancy new cocktail, wander off the beaten path, or try the great little ethnic restaurant. The mother of two gorgeous daughters she instilled in both of them a love of Detroit, exploration, and information. When it comes to lending a hand there is no one better. Whether it's ripping out carpet at The Detroit History Club, acting as a tour docent, or suggesting the next great tour stop she’s always first to jump in and help.

She also happens to be Bailey’s mom.

Our Favorite Leslie quote “Me too, I’ll go...Where are we going?”


The city of Detroit is home to the world's only floating post office, the J.W. Westcott II,  which can be found on the Detroit River. In case you were wondering it's zip code is 48222.