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:

Spring Film Series: Freshwater Invaders
May 12 2018 | 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Since the early 1800s, exotic species have invaded the Great Lakes. Take a look at the freshwater invaders as different ...

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Spring Film Series: Year of the Tiger '68
May 12 2018 | 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Go Get ‘Em Tigers! Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Detroit Tigers' 1968 World Series win with this month's film series...

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Spring Film Series: Freshwater Invaders
May 13 2018 | 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Since the early 1800s, exotic species have invaded the Great Lakes. Take a look at the freshwater invaders as different ...

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Spring Film Series: Year of the Tiger '68
May 13 2018 | 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Go Get ‘Em Tigers! Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Detroit Tigers' 1968 World Series win with this month's film series...

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Third Thursday Speaker Series: Detroit's Birwood Wall
May 17 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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Spring Film Series: Great Lakes, Ancient Shores: Reefs and Lake Levels
June 9 2018 | 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Dive into the past with the Great Lakes Division Sea Cadets as they explore ancient coral reefs and evidence of changing lake...

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Spring Film Series: Great Lakes, Ancient Shores: Reefs and Lake Levels
June 10 2018 | 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Dive into the past with the Great Lakes Division Sea Cadets as they explore ancient coral reefs and evidence of changing lake...

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Spring Film Series: Detroit Remember When, The History of Detroit TV
June 10 2018 | 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Soupy Sales. Johnny Ginger. Auntie Dee. Sonny Elliot. Robin Seymour. Bill Bonds. The list of characters who entered our living...

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Author Panel: Detroit's Favorite Steamboats
June 16 2018 | 11:00am to 4:00pm

Free admission! Join us at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Saturday, June 16 for a look back at the beloved steamboats of...

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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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