Moment in History

Chris Troy hosts Moment in History, a study of the people, places and events that shaped the Blue Water Area. Moment in History strives to both inform and entertain its viewers by giving them a look back on the lives of the people who built this part of Michigan. 


Copies of the following videos can be picked up at the front desk at the administration building on the RESA campus at 499 Range Road, Maryville. Copies also can be ordered for an additional $2 to cover shipping. Send a check payable to:

St. Clair County RESA

Attn: Susan Rutkofske

499 Range Road, PO Box 1500

Marysville, MI 48040


For more information, call Susan Rutkofske at (810) 455-4149 or send her email.


Railroads DVD coverRailroads of St. Clair County

When the first railroad tracks were laid in the Thumb in the mid 19th century, the growth and development of St. Clair County and the region was assured. This video discusses the Blue Water Area's railroad history, including the St. Clair river tunnel, Detroit Urban Rail, and the river ferry systems that kept the area moving. 

DVD: $10


Harrington DVD cover

The Hotel Harrington

The Hotel Harrington opened in 1896, bringing an air of elegance to the city of Port Huron and hosted movie stars, ship captains and even a newlywed haberdasher who would one day become president of the United States. Interviews from past owners' relatives, local historians and guests are used to tell its story.

DVD: $10


Coming to America coverComing to America

For many thousand immigrants, Port Huron was the first American soil they touched. In the Blue Water Area, the largest groups of immigrants came from Germany and Ireland. Where these two nationalities came from, what challenges they faced and how they made America their home is the focus of this video.

DVD: $10


Tornadoes of 1953 cover The Tornadoes of 1953

Two powerful tornadoes raced through southeastern Michigan and Ontario in May and June, 1953. This documentary explores the devastation left behind by the powerful storms.

DVD: $10   Blu-ray: $20



Tunnel City coverNEW: Welcome to Tunnel City

In 1890, The Grand Trunk Railway constructed the St. Clair rail tunnel, an engineering marvel of its time. This was such an amazing feat that the city of Port Huron became known as "Tunnel City." This video takes a look at why the tunnel was built and its impact on the freight industry.

DVD: $10   Blu-ray: $20


Moment in History's Museum Mysteries

Museum Mysteries takes a look at museums throughout St. Clair County and the unique artifacts they hold.


Museum Mysteries coverMuseum Mysteries: The First 13 Episodes

Episodes include: Abraham Lincoln's Office Chair, The Pray Ice Plow, The Woolly Mammoth, WWI Trench Knife, and The Gamewell Alarm System, Tashmoo Park, The Monarch Pin Printer, Capt. James Taylor's Chair, The Conger Sight Tube, The Iron Lung, The Icy Ball, The Whiting Paneling, and Sitting Bull's Parade Jacket.

DVD: $10 


Moment in History Extra

Moment in History Extra is a compilation of 20 stories of the places, events and people who have helped shape the county of St. Clair.


Moment in History Extra 1Moment in History Extra: The First 20 Epsiodes

Episodes include: Downtown Sperry's, Pine Grove Park, Fort Gratiot Lighthouse, St. Clair Hospital, U.S.S. Bramble, Harsens Island, The Langell Shipyards, Memphis Agricultural High School, Port Huron Town Hall Fire of 1949, Thomas Edison in Port Huron and more.

DVD: $10



Moment in History Extra 2

Moment in History Extra: The Best of Season 2

Episodes include: The Great Storm of 1913, Louis James Pesha, Holy Cross-Parish, The Oakland Hotel, 1947 Freedom Train, Sperry's Santa parade, Great Lakes Engineering, The Colony Tower, Windermere Hotel, The Conger Steamship Explosion, Huron Lightship, Croswell Swinging Bridge and more.

DVD: $10