Lectures & Films

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Film Series

The Detroit Historical Society Film Series screens documentaries that cover a range of Detroit History subjects. Films are screened on select Saturdays and Sundays and are free with museum admission. Past documentaries have included “The Hudson’s Building,” Keith Famie’s “Our Story Of…” series, and “Detroit Mob Confidential.”

Please visit our event calendar to learn about upcoming presentations.

Scholar and Author Series

The Detroit Historical Society features monthly evening lectures on Detroit history topics by local and regional historians and authors. Topics have ranged from an exploration of Detroit neighborhoods to the area’s involvement in the War of 1812.

Current Film Events and Lectures:

Spring Film Series: The Story of Willow Run
May 14 2016 | 2:00pm

The idea for the Willow Run B-24 Bomber Plant was conceived by Henry Ford, who told the United States government that he could...

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Spring Film Series: Play Ball! The Story of the 1934 Detroit Tigers
May 14 2016 | 3:00pm

“Play Ball!” was the first baseball motion picture with sound ever made. It was filmed in Detroit during the 1934 Tiger season,...

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Spring Film Series: The Story of Willow Run
May 15 2016 | 2:00pm

The idea for the Willow Run B-24 Bomber Plant was conceived by Henry Ford, who told the United States government that he could...

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Spring Film Series: Play Ball! The Story of the 1934 Detroit Tigers
May 15 2016 | 3:00pm

“Play Ball!” was the first baseball motion picture with sound ever made. It was filmed in Detroit during the 1934 Tiger season,...

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Spring Film Series: Anthem: The Story Behind “The Star-Spangled Banner”
June 11 2016 | 2:00pm

This film reveals the origin of Francis Scott Key’s creation of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and examines the importance of and...

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Spring Film Series: Detroit: Remember When, Made in the Motor City
June 11 2016 | 3:00pm

Better Made Potato Chips, Sanders Fudge, Velvet Peanut Butter and Gratiot Auto Supply are among the brands, landmarks and people...

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Spring Film Series: Anthem: The Story Behind “The Star-Spangled Banner”
June 12 2016 | 2:00pm

This film reveals the origin of Francis Scott Key’s creation of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and examines the importance of and...

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Spring Film Series: Detroit: Remember When, Made in the Motor City
June 12 2016 | 3:00pm

Better Made Potato Chips, Sanders Fudge, Velvet Peanut Butter and Gratiot Auto Supply are among the brands, landmarks and people...

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Preserving Your Family Photos
August 16 2016 | 7:00pm

Photographs are a cherished part of any family collection; ensuring their long-term care and stability should be a priority....

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Our Island Jewel: Detroit’s Belle Isle Park
August 23 2016 | 7:00pm

Often called the crowning jewel of Detroit’s riverfront, Belle Isle has a long and storied history. The park has hosted world...

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