Events by Month

September 2021

September 16, 2021

Virtual Third Thursday Speaker Series: Rivera's Detroit Industry Murals

6:30pm to 7:30pm

In honor of the Detroit Historical Society’s centennial anniversary, our upcoming Third Thursday Speaker Series events will focus on Detroit stories from the past that still impact us today. Each month's discussion will bring a contemporary perspective to a different decade of the last hundred years!

September 21, 2021

Virtual Event! Exiled to Motown Solidarity Panel

6:00pm to 7:30pm

How have different communities sought  to heal from the punitive histories of the United States? How does storytelling allow us to collectively envision realities beyond the carceral state? From the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II to migrant detention and the prison industrial complex, this panel will  explore how our communities engage in healing justice around the collective memory  of traumatic events to come to a place where we value abolition. 

September 23, 2021

Members-Only Reception & Tour

5:30pm to 7:00pm

You and a guest are invited to join us at the Detroit Historical Museum for a casual reception where you can mix and mingle with other members while enjoying music, refreshments, docent-led gallery tours

September 24, 2021

Freep Film Festival | Shorts Program III: True Stories

4:00pm to 5:00pm

This program pairs two Motor City-made films that sidestep a purist documentary approach, instead employing narrative devices to tell true Detroit stories. The movies will be followed by a discussion about using methods traditionally associated with fiction to seek greater truths through cinema. A Q&A will follow the films.

1) ‘One Sweet Night’

September 25, 2021

Freep Film Festival | Digging for Weldon Irvine

2:00pm to 4:00pm

This exploration of the mysterious life, struggle and music of the great Weldon J. Irvine Jr., the prolific musician-composer-playwright perhaps best known for penning the civil rights anthem “Young, Gifted and Black.” Irvine, who wrote over 500 songs and more than 50 plays, was deeply vital to the culture of black freedom expression, yet is somehow overlooked within that very lexicon.

September 26, 2021

Freep Film Festival | Detroit Remember When: Rockin' Robin

2:00pm to 3:00pm

If you grew up in Detroit, chances are Robin Seymour narrated your musical memories as one of the city's most popular DJs, whose career stretched back to the dawn of rock ‘n’ roll in the 1950s. He made his name at radio stations like WXYZ and WKNR along with hosting "Swingin' Time Dance Party" On CKLW-TV in the ’60s while helping propel the careers of many Motown acts and the likes of Bob Seger and Mitch Ryder. He passed away in April of 2020, but his role in Detroit broadcasting history won't be forgotten.

Year: 2020