Lectures & Films


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.

Third Thursday Speaker Series & Panel Discussions

The Detroit Historical Society hosts monthly evening presentations on Detroit history topics in our popular Third Thursday Speaker Series. We also host speakers and discussions related to exhibitions and current events on an occasional basis.

Current Film Events and Lectures:

Virtual Event! Exiled to Motown Solidarity Panel
September 21 2021 | 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...

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Freep Film Festival | Shorts Program III: True Stories
September 24 2021 | 4:00pm to 5:00pm

This program pairs two Motor City-made films that sidestep a purist documentary approach, instead employing narrative devices to...

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Freep Film Festival | Digging for Weldon Irvine
September 25 2021 | 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-...

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Freep Film Festival | Detroit Remember When: Rockin' Robin
September 26 2021 | 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...

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