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: Proudly We Served
February 9 2019 | 2:00pm to 3:00pm

This is the thrilling story of the U.S.S. Mason (DE 529) and its crew, the only African-American sailors to take a U.S. navy...

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Winter Film Series: Business in the Black
February 9 2019 | 3:00pm to 4:00pm

"Business in the Black" looks at the rise of black business in America in the 1800s-1960s with interviews of the descendants of...

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Winter Film Series: Proudly We Served
February 10 2019 | 2:00pm to 3:00pm

This is the thrilling story of the U.S.S. Mason (DE 529) and its crew, the only African-American sailors to take a U.S. navy...

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Winter Film Series: Business in the Black
February 10 2019 | 3:00pm to 4:00pm

"Business in the Black" looks at the rise of black business in America in the 1800s-1960s with interviews of the descendants of...

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Third Thursday Speaker Series: Claude Harvard, Dublin, GA and Me
February 21 2019 | 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Attendance is free, but pre-registration is encouraged, as space is limited for this popular series. To register for a...

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Winter Film Series: Sister Queens of the Great Lakes
March 9 2019 | 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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Winter Film Series: Detroit 48202: Conversations Along a Postal Route
March 9 2019 | 3:00pm to 4:30pm

"Detroit 48202" examines the rise, demise and contested resurgence of Detroit through the lens of mail carrier Wendell Watkins...

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Winter Film Series: Sister Queens of the Great Lakes
March 10 2019 | 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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Winter Film Series: Detroit 48202: Conversations Along a Postal Route
March 10 2019 | 3:00pm to 4:30pm

"Detroit 48202" examines the rise, demise and contested resurgence of Detroit through the lens of mail carrier Wendell Watkins...

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Third Thursday Speaker Series: Lifting the Voices of Women in Leadership
March 21 2019 | 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Attendance is free, but pre-registration is encouraged, as space is limited for this popular series. To register for a...

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