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:

Fall Film Series: The Fitzgerald Tragedy
November 3 2018 | 2:00pm to 3:00pm

* Please note: this month's film series dates fall on the first Saturday and Sunday of the month due to the Lost Mariners program...

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Fall Film Series: The Fitzgerald Tragedy
November 4 2018 | 2:00pm to 3:00pm

* Please note: this month's film series dates fall on the first Saturday and Sunday of the month due to the Lost Mariners program...

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Fall Film Series: The Hudson's Building
November 10 2018 | 3:00pm to 4:00pm

This 1997 film chronicles the history of the legendary Hudson’s Department Store in downtown Detroit and the debate over possible...

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Fall Film Series: The Hudson's Building
November 11 2018 | 3:00pm to 4:00pm

This 1997 film chronicles the history of the legendary Hudson’s Department Store in downtown Detroit and the debate over possible...

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Third Thursday Speaker Series: Life and Times of Will Robinson
November 15 2018 | 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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Fall Film Series: Rouse Simmons: The Christmas Tree Ship
December 8 2018 | 2:00pm to 3:00pm

The Rouse Simmons was a three-masted schooner which sank in Lake Michigan in a violent storm in 1912. The ship was bound for ...

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Fall Film Series: Detroit, Remember When: Motor City Memories
December 8 2018 | 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Travel back in time and experience Detroit traditions that live on in rare films, old photographs and fond memories in this...

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Fall Film Series: Rouse Simmons: The Christmas Tree Ship
December 9 2018 | 2:00pm to 3:00pm

The Rouse Simmons was a three-masted schooner which sank in Lake Michigan in a violent storm in 1912. The ship was bound for ...

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Fall Film Series: Detroit, Remember When: Motor City Memories
December 9 2018 | 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Travel back in time and experience Detroit traditions that live on in rare films, old photographs and fond memories in this...

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