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, and 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 Fords.  She works as an automotive sculptor by day, and by night she writes and lectures on the history of the American working woman, prostitution, and Detroit between the World Wars.  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, 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, and 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 Fords.  She works as an automotive sculptor by day, and by night she writes and lectures on the history of the American working woman, prostitution, and Detroit between the World Wars.  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, 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.

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.”

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.

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!”

Susan A second-generation Polish-American from the West Side, Susan was raised by Bill Kennedy, Rita Bell and the Brady Bunch. Her mother (not Rita) let her skip school to catch the Humphrey Bogart or Bette Davis afternoon feature, and for that, she is eternally grateful. She’s a graduate student in film studies, serves as the film commissioner for Oakland County, and co-publishes CreativeMich, a weekly news digest for Michigan's creative community (Facebook.com/CreativeMich). Susan also created and ran the cable access channel for the City of Berkley, and began creating websites about the same time Al Gore created the Internet. An Anglophile, X-Phile, Sherlockian, and Whovian all inhabit her corporeal presence, along with a healthy dose sci-fi nerd. Susan loves to travel and lives for Halloween. She is a patron of the arts to her two daughters, one a jewelry artist at Western Michigan University and the other, a high school thespian. Our favorite Susan quote: “If television is a babysitter, then the Internet is a drunk librarian who won't shut up.”

Susan

A second-generation Polish-American from the West Side, Susan was raised by Bill Kennedy, Rita Bell and the Brady Bunch. Her mother (not Rita) let her skip school to catch the Humphrey Bogart or Bette Davis afternoon feature, and for that, she is eternally grateful. She’s a graduate student in film studies, serves as the film commissioner for Oakland County, and co-publishes CreativeMich, a weekly news digest for Michigan's creative community (Facebook.com/CreativeMich). Susan also created and ran the cable access channel for the City of Berkley, and began creating websites about the same time Al Gore created the Internet. An Anglophile, X-Phile, Sherlockian, and Whovian all inhabit her corporeal presence, along with a healthy dose sci-fi nerd. Susan loves to travel and lives for Halloween. She is a patron of the arts to her two daughters, one a jewelry artist at Western Michigan University and the other, a high school thespian.

Our favorite Susan quote: “If television is a babysitter, then the Internet is a drunk librarian who won't shut up.”

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."

 

Charlie Charlie is an amateur photographer and Michigan transplant by way of higher education. After a childhood in Los Alamos, New Mexico, where his high school job was at the National Laboratory, he earned a bachelors at Washington University in Saint Louis. He is currently a PhD candidate in Physics at the University of Michigan. A fan of tinkering with mechanical contraptions, photography, and cycling, Charles has fallen in love with the sights of Detroit. A lover of great food he is equally excited by a night in the basement of Polish Village in Hamtramck or the trendiest new pop up downtown. His love of building, fixing, and inventing has landed him some exciting historical opportunities. He is currently perfecting a process of 3D printing replacement architectural and decorative pieces for museums and homes. He can often be spotted wandering the city with camera in hand, or excitedly finding new ways to help restore very old things. Our favorite Charlie quote: “Well, if I may make a suggestion...You see, we just need to go to the hardware store and then I can make you one of those.”  

Charlie

Charlie is an amateur photographer and Michigan transplant by way of higher education. After a childhood in Los Alamos, New Mexico, where his high school job was at the National Laboratory, he earned a bachelors at Washington University in Saint Louis. He is currently a PhD candidate in Physics at the University of Michigan. A fan of tinkering with mechanical contraptions, photography, and cycling, Charles has fallen in love with the sights of Detroit. A lover of great food he is equally excited by a night in the basement of Polish Village in Hamtramck or the trendiest new pop up downtown. His love of building, fixing, and inventing has landed him some exciting historical opportunities. He is currently perfecting a process of 3D printing replacement architectural and decorative pieces for museums and homes. He can often be spotted wandering the city with camera in hand, or excitedly finding new ways to help restore very old things.

Our favorite Charlie quote: “Well, if I may make a suggestion...You see, we just need to go to the hardware store and then I can make you one of those.”

 

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?”


We love our drivers and our buses! We are pleased to call the wonderful team at All Star Motorcoach our partners. They are super cool, very safe, locally owned, and overwhelming kind folks. Because they are busy driving the bus we can only buy them Vernor's Ginger Ale, but we do it with gusto. 

Pat and Phil Pat and Phil founded All Star Motorcoach Inc. in 1999. Pat and Phil are always available to help book tours, manage our ever growing schedule of tour dates, and offer encouragement. Phil often drives for our tours and is not only a safe driver but an incredibly kind gentleman. Lifelong Detroiters their enthusiasm for our fine city is contagious. If you are interested in chartering a bus for any kind of event All Star Motorcoach can't be beat. You can find them at www.allstarmotorcoach.com Our favorite Pat quote: “It has been our pleasure to provide transportation for the Detroit History Tours and to participate in the rebirth and turnaround of the City of Detroit.”

Pat and Phil

Pat and Phil founded All Star Motorcoach Inc. in 1999. Pat and Phil are always available to help book tours, manage our ever growing schedule of tour dates, and offer encouragement. Phil often drives for our tours and is not only a safe driver but an incredibly kind gentleman. Lifelong Detroiters their enthusiasm for our fine city is contagious.

If you are interested in chartering a bus for any kind of event All Star Motorcoach can't be beat. You can find them at www.allstarmotorcoach.com

Our favorite Pat quote: “It has been our pleasure to provide transportation for the Detroit History Tours and to participate in the rebirth and turnaround of the City of Detroit.”

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.”


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.