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:

Winter Film Series: America’s Ancient Industry
February 13 2016 | 2:00pm

Long before Stonehenge and the Pyramids were built, an industry was flourishing in North America near the Lake Superior shores....

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Winter Film Series: The Loving Story
February 13 2016 | 3:00pm

Mildred and Richard Loving knew it was technically illegal for them to live as a married couple in Virginia because she was of...

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Winter Film Series: America’s Ancient Industry
February 14 2016 | 2:00pm

Long before Stonehenge and the Pyramids were built, an industry was flourishing in North America near the Lake Superior shores....

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Winter Film Series: The Loving Story
February 14 2016 | 3:00pm

Mildred and Richard Loving knew it was technically illegal for them to live as a married couple in Virginia because she was of...

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Brahms and His Contemporaries Lecture
February 17 2016 | 6:00pm

FREE and open to the public!  As part of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's 2016 Brahms Festival, Brahms biographer and official...

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Lost in Time: 20 Famous Detroiters You've Never Heard Of
March 3 2016 |
7:00pm to 8:45pm

Joel Stone, the Society's Senior Curator, will present "Lost in Time: 20 Famous Detroiters You've Never Heard Of" at the...

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Winter Film Series: Grown in Detroit
March 12 2016 | 2:00pm

“Grown in Detroit” focuses on the urban gardening efforts managed by a public school of 300, mainly African American, pregnant...

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Winter Film Series: Detroit: Remember When
March 12 2016 | 3:00pm

One of our most popular and enduring feature films produced by Detroit Public Television makes its way back to the Detroit...

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Winter Film Series: Grown in Detroit
March 13 2016 | 2:00pm

“Grown in Detroit” focuses on the urban gardening efforts managed by a public school of 300, mainly African American, pregnant...

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Winter Film Series: Detroit: Remember When
March 13 2016 | 3:00pm

One of our most popular and enduring feature films produced by Detroit Public Television makes its way back to the Detroit...

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Boom Town: Detroit in the Roaring ‘20s
April 5 2016 | 7:00pm

From the dust and smoke of the nineteenth century, Detroit burst into the national spotlight in the early twentieth century. The...

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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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