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 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.

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:

Regional Roots
June 14 2015 | 2:00pm to 2:25pm

Shown at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum Covering 300 years of history, “Regional Roots” uses the immigrant experience as an...

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Killing Jimmy Hoffa
June 14 2015 | 3:00pm to 4:20pm

Shown at the Detroit Historical Museum Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance and probable murder is one of the great crimes of the century...

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Angels of the Sea
July 18 2015 | 2:00pm

Explore the shipwreck Emperor through the eyes of the divers as they descend over 200 feet into Lake Superior's chilling waters...

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Drowned Forests of Lake Huron
July 18 2015 | 2:00pm

Over 7,000 years ago, a spruce and cedar forest flourished in what is now lower Lake Huron. Remnants of this ancient...

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Sinkholes
July 18 2015 | 2:00pm

Explore the drowned coastlines of the prehistoric Great Lakes. Dive into sinkholes, underwater springs and other features along...

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Detroit, Remember When: Motor City Memories and Hometown Traditions
July 18 2015 | 3:00pm

Travel back in time and experience Detroit traditions that live on in rare films, old photographs, and fond memories in this...

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Angels of the Sea
July 19 2015 | 2:00pm

Explore the shipwreck Emperor through the eyes of the divers as they descend over 200 feet into Lake Superior's chilling waters...

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Drowned Forests of Lake Huron
July 19 2015 | 2:00pm

Over 7,000 years ago, a spruce and cedar forest flourished in what is now lower Lake Huron. Remnants of this ancient...

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Sinkholes
July 19 2015 | 2:00pm

Explore the drowned coastlines of the prehistoric Great Lakes. Dive into sinkholes, underwater springs and other features along...

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Detroit, Remember When: Motor City Memories and Hometown Traditions
July 19 2015 | 3:00pm

Travel back in time and experience Detroit traditions that live on in rare films, old photographs, and fond memories in this...

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River Channels
August 15 2015 | 2:00pm

Explore the ancient river bed beneath the Straits of Mackinac. Fantastic underwater footage is featured of the shipwrecks that...

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Reefs and Lake Levels
August 15 2015 | 2:00pm

Dive into the past with the Great Lakes Division Sea Cadets as they explore ancient coral reefs and evidence of changing lake...

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The Norwood Project
August 15 2015 | 2:00pm

Visit a prehistoric quarry site on Lake Michigan and swim the banks of an ancient, submerged river channel. 8,000-10,000 years...

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Detroit Mob Confidential
August 15 2015 | 3:00pm

This film explores the history of Detroit’s La Cosa Nostra Family, which, in many ways, is the most successful crime family in...

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River Channels
August 16 2015 | 2:00pm

Explore the ancient river bed beneath the Straits of Mackinac. Fantastic underwater footage is featured of the shipwrecks that...

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Reefs and Lake Levels
August 16 2015 | 2:00pm

Dive into the past with the Great Lakes Division Sea Cadets as they explore ancient coral reefs and evidence of changing lake...

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The Norwood Project
August 16 2015 | 2:00pm

Visit a prehistoric quarry site on Lake Michigan and swim the banks of an ancient, submerged river channel. 8,000-10,000 years...

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Detroit Mob Confidential
August 16 2015 | 3:00pm

This film explores the history of Detroit’s La Cosa Nostra Family, which, in many ways, is the most successful crime family in...

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Freshwater Invaders
September 12 2015 | 2:00pm

Foreign species of animals and plants introduced to the Great Lakes have transformed the ecosystem, mostly to the detriment of...

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Detroit: Our Greatest Generation
September 12 2015 | 3:00pm

Directed by Emmy-winning filmmaker Keith Famie, “Detroit: Our Greatest Generation” tells the real-life stories of many Detroit-...

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