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: Our Fires Still Burn
January 12 2019 | 2:00pm to 3:00pm

The stories shared in “Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience” reflect an American history fraught with the...

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Winter Film Series: Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever
January 12 2019 | 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Celebrate Motown’s 60th anniversary with the 1983 television special featuring performances by Motown icons: Stevie Wonder,...

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Winter Film Series: Our Fires Still Burn
January 13 2019 | 2:00pm to 3:00pm

The stories shared in “Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience” reflect an American history fraught with the...

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Winter Film Series: Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever
January 13 2019 | 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Celebrate Motown’s 60th anniversary with the 1983 television special featuring performances by Motown icons: Stevie Wonder,...

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Third Thursday Speaker Series: Salvaging Sound
January 17 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: 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: 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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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: 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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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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