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:

‘The Rest I Make Up’ at the Detroit Historical Museum
April 12 2019 | 6:00pm

Shown as part of the 2019 Freep Film Festival Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Tickets are available at https://...

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‘Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts’ at the Detroit Historical Museum
April 13 2019 | 11:00am

Shown as part of the 2019 Freep Film Festival Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Tickets are available at https://...

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‘The Cold Blue’ at the Detroit Historical Museum
April 13 2019 | 1:30pm

Shown as part of the 2019 Freep Film Festival Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Tickets are available at https://...

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Spring Film Series: Angels of the Sea
April 13 2019 | 2:00pm to 2:30pm

On June 3, 1947, the ship Emperor sank off of Isle Royale in Lake Superior. An old legend about this fresh water sea states that...

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‘Mr. Soul!’ at the Detroit Historical Museum
April 13 2019 | 4:00pm

Shown as part of the 2019 Freep Film Festival Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Tickets are available at https://...

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‘Who Will Write Our History’ at the Detroit Historical Museum
April 14 2019 | 11:00am

Shown as part of the 2019 Freep Film Festival Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Tickets are available at https://...

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‘Inquiring Nuns’ at the Detroit Historical Museum
April 14 2019 | 1:30pm

Shown as part of the 2019 Freep Film Festival Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Tickets are available at https://...

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Spring Film Series: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage
May 11 2019 | 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Through an artful blend of historical narratives and re-enactments, this unique program draws viewers into the lives of real...

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Spring Film Series: The Loving Story
May 12 2019 | 2:00pm to 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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Spring Film Series: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage
May 12 2019 | 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Through an artful blend of historical narratives and re-enactments, this unique program draws viewers into the lives of real...

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Third Thursday Speaker Series: Boomtown! Detroit in the early 19th century
May 16 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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Spring Film Series: Sundew, Life Aboard a US Coast Guard Cutter
June 8 2019 | 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Step aboard and experience life as it once was on a 180 ft. U.S. Coast Guard Cutter, filmed aboard the U.S.C.G. Sundew during ice...

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Spring Film Series: Fastball
June 8 2019 | 3:00pm to 4:30pm

The mysteries and memories of baseball’s greatest heroes are revealed in Fastball, as it features interviews with dozens of...

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Spring Film Series: Sundew, Life Aboard a US Coast Guard Cutter
June 9 2019 | 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Step aboard and experience life as it once was on a 180 ft. U.S. Coast Guard Cutter, filmed aboard the U.S.C.G. Sundew during ice...

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Spring Film Series: Fastball
June 9 2019 | 3:00pm to 4:30pm

The mysteries and memories of baseball’s greatest heroes are revealed in Fastball, as it features interviews with dozens of...

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Third Thursday Speaker Series: Liberation, Trauma and Resilience
June 20 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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