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If your group is interested in learning more about the unique 300-year history of Detroit and the region, the Detroit Historical Society offers a Speakers Bureau, featuring a variety of local scholars and selected topics.
Choose from one of the exciting topics listed below or suggest your own topic and we’ll do our best to accommodate your request. Presentations generally run 30-60 minutes in length, often feature videos and always leave time for questions and answers.
- Albert Kahn’s Architectural Legacy: The Ubiquitous Mr. Kahn
- Boom Town: Detroit in the Roaring '20s
- Cool Cars: Unique Automobiles of the Detroit Historical Society Collection
- First City of the Old Northwest: 150 Years in Early Detroit
- Great Lakes Shipwrecks: Committed to the Deep: Exploring Underwater Treasures
- Preserving Your Family Photos
- Roots of the Music: Origins of the Motown Sound
- The Detroit Historical Society: A Sense of Stewardship
- The Detroit Historical Society: Preserving and Presenting Your History Since 1921
- The Detroit River: Dynamic Maritime Highway
- Detroit and the War of 1812: Border Crossings
- The Dossin Great Lakes Museum: Detroit’s Maritime Heritage Center since 1949
- Unique Ships of the Great Lakes: Practical Ships designed for Practically Every Need
- Unique Street Names: The Man on the Street (and Women, too!)
A brief description of each topic can be found on the Topic Descriptions page.
There is no booking fee for members of the speakers bureau; however, groups generally make a donation to the Detroit Historical Society in the amount of $150 in lieu of a stipend.
To book a speaker for your group, you can fill out and submit our online speaker request form below or call 313.833.1262.