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: 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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Summer Film Series: Our Polish Story: Family, Faith and Fortitude
July 2 2016 |
3:00pm to 4:00pm

In honor of the 315th Birthday of Detroit, there will be a Film Series screening every weekend in July celebrating Detroit’s...

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Summer Film Series: Our Polish Story: Family, Faith and Fortitude
July 3 2016 |
3:00pm to 4:00pm

In honor of the 315th Birthday of Detroit, there will be a Film Series screening every weekend in July celebrating Detroit’s...

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Summer Film Series: The Fitzgerald Tragedy: Looking Back and Beyond
July 9 2016 |
2:00pm to 3:00pm

Twenty years of documentary filmmaking and exclusive interviews with people closest to the disaster are presented in “The...

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Summer Film Series: Our Arab American Story: Reverence, Resourcefulness and Respect
July 9 2016 |
3:00pm to 4:00pm

In honor of the 315th Birthday of Detroit, there will be a Film Series screening every weekend in July celebrating Detroit’s...

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Summer Film Series: The Fitzgerald Tragedy: Looking Back and Beyond
July 10 2016 |
2:00pm to 3:00pm

Twenty years of documentary filmmaking and exclusive interviews with people closest to the disaster are presented in “The...

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Summer Film Series: Our Arab American Story: Reverence, Resourcefulness and Respect
July 10 2016 |
3:00pm to 4:00pm

In honor of the 315th Birthday of Detroit, there will be a Film Series screening every weekend in July celebrating Detroit’s...

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Summer Film Series: Our Italian Story: Progress, Passion and Promise
July 16 2016 |
3:00pm to 4:00pm

In honor of the 315th Birthday of Detroit, there will be a Film Series screening every weekend in July celebrating Detroit’s...

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Summer Film Series: Our Italian Story: Progress, Passion and Promise
July 17 2016 |
3:00pm to 4:00pm

In honor of the 315th Birthday of Detroit, there will be a Film Series screening every weekend in July celebrating Detroit’s...

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Summer Film Series: Our Greek Story: Antiquity, Modernity and Destiny
July 23 2016 |
3:00pm to 4:00pm

In honor of the 315th Birthday of Detroit, there will be a Film Series screening every weekend in July celebrating Detroit’s...

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Summer Film Series: Our Greek Story: Antiquity, Modernity and Destiny
July 24 2016 |
3:00pm to 4:00pm

In honor of the 315th Birthday of Detroit, there will be a Film Series screening every weekend in July celebrating Detroit’s...

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Summer Film Series: Our India Story: Amity, Diversity and Sovereignty
July 30 2016 |
3:00pm to 4:00pm

In honor of the 315th Birthday of Detroit, there will be a Film Series screening every weekend in July celebrating Detroit’s...

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Summer Film Series: Our India Story: Amity, Diversity and Sovereignty
July 31 2016 |
3:00pm to 4:00pm

In honor of the 315th Birthday of Detroit, there will be a Film Series screening every weekend in July celebrating Detroit’s...

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Summer Film Series: Sister Queens of the Great Lakes
August 13 2016 |
2:00pm to 3:00pm

Take a Great Lakes cruise on the Sister Queens of the Great Lakes, with ports of call in Chicago, Mackinac Island, Munising,...

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Summer Film Series: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage
August 13 2016 |
3:00pm to 4:00pm

Through an artful blend of historical narratives and re-enactments, this unique program draws viewers into the lives of real...

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Summer Film Series: Sister Queens of the Great Lakes
August 14 2016 |
2:00pm to 3:00pm

Take a Great Lakes cruise on the Sister Queens of the Great Lakes, with ports of call in Chicago, Mackinac Island, Munising,...

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Summer Film Series: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage
August 14 2016 |
3:00pm to 4:00pm

Through an artful blend of historical narratives and re-enactments, this unique program draws viewers into the lives of real...

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