DETROIT -

The Detroit Historical Society is working to make its collections more widely accessible.

On Thursday, an online database featuring more than 6,000 artifacts will be launched with an event at downtown Detroit's Renaissance Center. Computers will be set up for the public to have first access. The launch comes as the Detroit Historical Museum is closed for six months of renovations.

The database is supported by $150,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Access will be available through the Detroit Historical Society's website.

The Historical Society is in the midst of a $20 million campaign to fund the renovation and preservation of the museum's exhibits and collections.

The Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle also will be improved under the fundraising campaign.