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:

Fall Film Series: Detroit Remember When: History of Detroit Television
December 10 2016 |
2:00pm to 3:00pm

Soupy Sales. Johnny Ginger. Auntie Dee. Sonny Elliot. Robin Seymour. Bill Bonds. The list of characters who entered our living ...

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Fall Film Series: Detroit Remember When: Historic Houses of Worship
December 10 2016 |
3:00pm to 4:30pm

Detroit and its surrounding communities are home to some of the most historic and architecturally significant religious buildings...

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Fall Film Series: Detroit Remember When: History of Detroit Television
December 11 2016 |
2:00pm to 3:00pm

Soupy Sales. Johnny Ginger. Auntie Dee. Sonny Elliot. Robin Seymour. Bill Bonds. The list of characters who entered our living ...

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Fall Film Series: Detroit Remember When: Historic Houses of Worship
December 11 2016 |
3:00pm to 4:30pm

Detroit and its surrounding communities are home to some of the most historic and architecturally significant religious buildings...

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Winter Film Series: Our Fires Still Burn
January 14 2017 |
2:00pm to 3:00pm

The stories shared in “Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience” reflect an American history fraught with the...

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Winter Film Series: The Hudson's Building
January 14 2017 |
3:00pm to 4:00pm

This 1997 film chronicles the history of the legendary Hudson’s Department Store in downtown Detroit and the debate over possible...

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Winter Film Series: Our Fires Still Burn
January 15 2017 |
2:00pm to 3:00pm

The stories shared in “Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience” reflect an American history fraught with the...

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Winter Film Series: The Hudson's Building
January 15 2017 |
3:00pm to 4:00pm

This 1997 film chronicles the history of the legendary Hudson’s Department Store in downtown Detroit and the debate over possible...

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Winter Film Series: Proudly We Served
February 11 2017 |
2:00pm to 3:00pm

This is the thrilling true story of the USS Mason (DE 529) and its crew, the only African-American sailors to take a U.S. Navy...

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Winter Film Series: Detroit Civil Rights Trilogy
February 11 2017 |
3:00pm to 4:00pm

Clayton Rye’s award-winning film, “Detroit Civil Rights Trilogy,” presents three personal stories that chronicle black history in...

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Winter Film Series: Proudly We Served
February 12 2017 |
2:00pm to 3:00pm

This is the thrilling true story of the USS Mason (DE 529) and its crew, the only African-American sailors to take a U.S. Navy...

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Winter Film Series: Detroit Civil Rights Trilogy
February 12 2017 |
3:00pm to 4:00pm

Clayton Rye’s award-winning film, “Detroit Civil Rights Trilogy,” presents three personal stories that chronicle black history in...

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Detroit 67 Third Thursday Speaker Series: Viola Liuzzo
February 16 2017 |
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Join us on the third Thursday of each month beginning in February for a new speaker series. Local scholars and subject matter...

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Winter Film Series: Legacy In Bronze
March 11 2017 |
2:00pm to 2:30pm

“Legacy in Bronze” documents the work of Detroit artist/sculptor, Sergio De Giusti, who taught Art History at Wayne State for...

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Winter Film Series: Top Secret Rosies
March 11 2017 |
3:00pm to 4:00pm

In 1942 a secret U.S. military program was launched to recruit women to the war effort. But unlike the efforts to recruit Rosie...

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Winter Film Series: Legacy In Bronze
March 12 2017 |
2:00pm to 2:30pm

“Legacy in Bronze” documents the work of Detroit artist/sculptor, Sergio De Giusti, who taught Art History at Wayne State for...

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Winter Film Series: Top Secret Rosies
March 12 2017 |
3:00pm to 4:00pm

In 1942 a secret U.S. military program was launched to recruit women to the war effort. But unlike the efforts to recruit Rosie...

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Detroit 67 Third Thursday Speaker Series: African Americans in Michigan
March 16 2017 |
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Join us on the third Thursday of each month beginning in February for a new speaker series. Local scholars and subject matter...

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