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: What I've Learned from Detroit 67
June 21 2018 | 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Our popular Third Thursday Speaker Series continues this spring at the Detroit Historical Museum. Attendance is free, but pre-...

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Summer Film Series: Revolution '67
July 14 2018 | 3:00pm to 4:00pm

July 1967 doesn’t only mark a significant time in Detroit’s history, but in the history of Newark, New Jersey as well. Revolution...

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Summer Film Series: Ghost Ships of the Great Lakes
July 15 2018 | 2:00pm to 3:00pm

The discovery of a human skull in the depths of Lake Superior begins a story that will take historian and author Brendon Baillod...

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Summer Film Series: Revolution '67
July 15 2018 | 3:00pm to 4:00pm

July 1967 doesn’t only mark a significant time in Detroit’s history, but in the history of Newark, New Jersey as well. Revolution...

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Third Thursday Speaker Series: Tale of Two Cities
July 19 2018 | 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Detroit: A Tale of Two Cities by Peter Werbe and Harvey Ovshinsky “Detroit has been the beneficiary of one of the most remarkable...

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Summer Film Series: Heroes on Deck
August 11 2018 | 2:00pm to 3:00pm

During World War II, just off Chicago’s shoreline, the US Navy trained over 15,000 carrier pilots on two makeshift “flattops,”...

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Summer Film Series: Stranded at the Corner
August 11 2018 | 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Ty Cobb, Hank Greenberg, Al Kaline, Kirk Gibson and several other legends as well as fond memories were made at “The Corner.”...

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Summer Film Series: Heroes on Deck
August 12 2018 | 2:00pm to 3:00pm

During World War II, just off Chicago’s shoreline, the US Navy trained over 15,000 carrier pilots on two makeshift “flattops,”...

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Summer Film Series: Stranded at the Corner
August 12 2018 | 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Ty Cobb, Hank Greenberg, Al Kaline, Kirk Gibson and several other legends as well as fond memories were made at “The Corner.”...

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Third Thursday Speaker Series: A House Divided
August 16 2018 | 6:00pm to 8:00pm

A House Divided: The Ossian Sweet Case, and the Battle for Fair Housing in Detroit by Jamon Jordan This year marks the 50th...

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Summer Film Series: More Bob-lo Memories
September 8 2018 | 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Take a trip down memory lane of the time families would travel on the Bob-lo Boat down the Detroit River to Bob-lo Island. Home...

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Summer Film Series: Meet Me at the Lindell
September 8 2018 | 3:00pm to 4:30pm

For more than 50 years, the Lindell AC was the place to see and be seen in Detroit. Thanks to hosts Jimmy and Johnny Butsicaris,...

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Summer Film Series: More Bob-lo Memories
September 9 2018 | 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Take a trip down memory lane of the time families would travel on the Bob-lo Boat down the Detroit River to Bob-lo Island. Home...

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Summer Film Series: Meet Me at the Lindell
September 9 2018 | 3:00pm to 4:30pm

For more than 50 years, the Lindell AC was the place to see and be seen in Detroit. Thanks to hosts Jimmy and Johnny Butsicaris,...

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Third Thursday Speaker Series: Northern High School Walkout
September 20 2018 | 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Detroit’s Northern High School 1966 Walkout by Ivory D. Williams Prior to the events of 1967, there was Detroit’s Northern High...

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