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History Hounds® Lecture Series

Our History Hounds Lecture Series offers weekly in-depth programs where attendees can curl up with historical topics.


"Sniff out" the past with History Hounds

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Enjoy learning about Michigan history in a casual setting? Our lectures are for you!

Join us for our weekly History Hounds presentations and discover more of Michigan's history. From the Underground Railroad to shipwrecks, our diverse offering of lectures are a popular event for our members and community. You can find a schedule of upcoming topics and speakers below.

or call us at (800) 692-1828

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A Benefit of Membership

Did you know that all of our History Hounds lectures are free with an HSM membership? With new lectures every week on unique topics each year, our program is a popular reason for many to choose membership over single lecture sign-ups. Register for any—or all!—for free and peruse our online library of older, pre-recorded lectures at any time on our website. 

Gifting season is here!

Give a Michigan History magazine subcription and get a free ticket to a premiere Michigan history destination!

Hey, History Hounds attendees! Don't miss our exciting holiday promotion. 

For a very limited time, HSM is offering an exclusive gifting promotion to its members, subscribers, and friends. Gift a 1-year subscription to Michigan History magazine today and receive a free admission ticket to one of four premier Michigan historical destinations!

Get your admission ticket for one of these exciting locations: 

  • Colonial Michilimackinac
  • Fort Mackinac
  • Air Zoo Aerospace & Science Center
  • Detroit Historical Museum

This offer will not last long—we have a limited number of admission tickets for each location! To ensure you get the ticket of your choice, we encourage you to take advantage of this sale early while supplies last. Details, exclusions, and more are listed on the subscription sign-up form

Upcoming Lectures

NOTE: Registration for each History Hounds event closes 3 hours prior to the event time—9 a.m. ET for Tuesday midday lectures and 4 p.m. ET for Wednesday evening lectures.

Registrations completed after those times will not be processed in time for live viewing of the event. 

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The H.L. Hunley: Solving the Mystery of a Civil War Submarine



In 1864, the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley sank the USS Housatonic in Charleston harbor—and then vanished. Divers found the lost submarine in 1995 with the crew’s remains still inside, but why it sank remained an enigma. Learn how a scientist solved one of the Civil War’s greatest mysteries.

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Lake Superior Losses: Marquette Shipwrecks



After iron ore was discovered about ten miles of Marquette, Michigan, in 1844, the city soon developed into Lake Superior’s first great port. In fact, from 1855 to the 1880s, Marquette received more vessels in a single week than Duluth, Minnesota, did in an entire season. With that increased traffic, however, came increased accidents. Led by the director of the Marquette Maritime Museum, this presentation will discuss those Marquette-area wrecks—from the Siskowit (1849) to the Maryland (1953).

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Bones to Pick: The History of Dentistry



Like a golden molar in the back of the mouth, the University of Michigan’s Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry is a hidden gem of medical history. In this presentation, museum curator Tamara Barnes will shine a light on the history of dentistry while discussing ways in which the Sindecuse Museum makes its collection of more than 25,000 historical tools, furniture, memorabilia, and more relevant to audiences.

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Mosquitos, Malaria, and Michigan - Oh My!



Early settlers of Michigan experienced a profound challenge in the form of mosquitos and malaria. Alexis de Tocqueville, the famous French diplomat and philosopher, was astonished at the number of mosquitos he encountered during his visit to the territory in 1831. Join us to learn more about the three aspects of early Michigan ecology and history that made for such significant populations of this infamous insect and disease.

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Looking for recordings of past lectures?

HSM members can access past lectures on demand! You must be logged in with an active membership to view past recordings of History Hounds and all your other benefits.


Programs alternate each week between Wednesday evenings (7 p.m. Eastern) and Tuesday afternoons (12 p.m. Eastern) and last for approximately one hour. All programs will be virtual until further notice. Browse upcoming lectures below, and sign up today!


  • History Hounds is FREE for HSM members – both individuals and organizations
  • Nonmembers can attend for $7 per event
  • Instructions for joining the virtual program will be sent to registered attendees one day prior to the scheduled lecture
  • Attendees who sign up the same day as the event can find the instructions for joining on the event listing after completing registration
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Get the most out of Michigan's history

If you're considering attending one of our History Hounds lectures, or have participated in a previous one, we encourage you to check out our HSM membership program. ALL of our History Hounds lectures are free with an HSM membership—and you'll be able to re-watch or catch up on missed lectures at your leisure using your online account.

The membership is a great way to save and enjoy all of our additional history content. All HSM members receive event discounts, free access to weekly History Hounds® live lectures and previously recorded lectures, both Michigan History and Chronicle magazines, and more. 


We'd love to help! Reach out to our HSM staff today at or by calling us at (517) 324-1828.