Lectures & Films

If you are a member, you can purchase tickets early by logging through the member log-in. Your username and password is your Membership ID number. Public offering will begin December 23.

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.

Film Series

The Detroit Historical Society Film Series screens documentaries that cover a range of Detroit History subjects. Films are screened at 1 p.m. 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.

Current Lectures & Film Events:

Grown in Detroit
July 21 2014 | 1:00pm to 2:00pm

The Detroit Historical Society is celebrating Detroit’s 313th birthday with a full week of activities. Monday–Friday, July 21–25...

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Detroit: Ruin of a City
July 22 2014 | 1:00pm to 2:35pm

The Detroit Historical Society is celebrating Detroit’s 313th birthday with a full week of activities. Monday–Friday, July 21–25...

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The Rouge
July 23 2014 | 1:00pm to 1:45pm

The Detroit Historical Society is celebrating Detroit’s 313th birthday with a full week of activities. Monday–Friday, July 21–25...

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Regional Roots: The Birth and Evolution of Detroit and Its People
July 24 2014 | 1:00pm to 1:30pm

The Detroit Historical Society is celebrating Detroit’s 313th birthday with a full week of activities. Monday–Friday, July 21–25...

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Borderline: The Story of 8 Mile Road
July 25 2014 | 1:00pm to 2:30pm

The Detroit Historical Society is celebrating Detroit’s 313th birthday with a full week of activities. Monday–Friday, July 21–25...

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Detroit Mob Confidential
July 26 2014 | 1:00pm to 2:25pm

The Detroit Historical Society is celebrating Detroit’s 313th birthday with a full week of activities. Monday–Friday, July 21–25...

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History of Hudson's
July 27 2014 | 1:00pm to 1:30pm

The Detroit Historical Society is celebrating Detroit’s 313th birthday with a full week of activities. Monday–Friday, July 21–25...

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BURN
August 10 2014 | 3:00pm to 4:30pm

(Running time: 86 minutes) This widely acclaimed documentary follows members of the Detroit Fire Department as they battle to...

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The Mystery of the Edmund Fitzgerald
August 10 2014 | 3:00pm to 3:15pm

SHOWN AT THE DOSSIN GREAT LAKES MUSEUM (Running time: 15 minutes) The Edmund Fitzgerald was launched June 8, 1958 at River Rouge...

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Anthem
September 14 2014 | 3:00pm to 4:00pm

(Running time: 61 minutes) This film reveals the origin of Francis Scott Key’s creation of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and...

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River Channels
September 14 2014 | 3:00pm to 3:20pm

SHOWN AT THE DOSSIN GREAT LAKES MUSEUM (Running time: 20 minutes) Join the divers of the Noble Odyssey Foundation’s research team...

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