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:

Third Thursday Speaker Series: Looking for America Panel
July 18 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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Negro Leagues Film Series: Pitching Man
July 20 2019 | 1:00pm to 3:30pm

The Negro League Film Festival will bring life to the history of the teams and legendary players who played America’s pastime...

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Summer Film Series: Superior Lights on the Shipwreck Coast
August 10 2019 | 2:00pm to 3:00pm

In 1877, the U.S. Life-Saving Service opened four life-saving stations along a coast, often called the “Graveyard of the Great...

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Summer Film Series: Our Polish Story: Family, Faith and Fortitude
August 10 2019 | 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Like most ethnic groups, immigrating Poles were attracted to Detroit by the prospect of work—first in the building of railroads...

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Summer Film Series: Superior Lights on the Shipwreck Coast
August 11 2019 | 2:00pm to 3:00pm

In 1877, the U.S. Life-Saving Service opened four life-saving stations along a coast, often called the “Graveyard of the Great...

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Summer Film Series: Our Greek Story: Antiquity, Modernity and Destiny
August 11 2019 | 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Detroit’s Greek-American community started developing in the late 19th century, and really started booming with the high amount...

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Third Thursday Speaker Series: Shock Waves from Stonewall
August 15 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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Negro Leagues Film Series: The Jackie Robinson Story
August 24 2019 | 1:00pm to 3:30pm

The Negro League Film Festival will bring life to the history of the teams and legendary players who played America’s pastime...

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Negro Leagues Film Series: The Jackie Robinson Story
August 25 2019 | 1:00pm to 3:30pm

The Negro League Film Festival will bring life to the history of the teams and legendary players who played America’s pastime...

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Summer Film Series: A Voyage Into History
September 14 2019 | 2:00pm to 3:00pm

“A Voyage Into History” captures the 2009 season of underwater exploration and research aboard the Great Lakes research/training...

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Summer Film Series: Our Italian Story: Progress, Passion and Promise
September 14 2019 | 3:00pm to 4:00pm

'Our Italian Story' focuses on some of Detroit's most prominent Italian-Americans, following their footsteps through their...

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Summer Film Series: Our Arab American Story: Reverence, Resourcefulness and Respect
September 15 2019 | 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Detroit is home to one of the largest, most diverse Arab communities outside the Middle East. Arab Americans living here number...

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Third Thursday Speaker Series: The Conant Gardens Neighborhood
September 19 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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