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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. 

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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Resisting Home-Front Hostility: German Americans in Frankenmuth



During both World Wars, German Americans experienced discrimination nationwide. In Michigan, German-language books burned, German names on street signs changed, and some German Americans were violently assaulted. The German Americans residing in Frankenmuth, however, were able to escape much of that discrimination—retaining their German identity and celebrating it in the postwar period.

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The Wolves of Isle Royale: A Broken Balance



Isle Royale National Park—with its wolves, moose, and lush northern landscape—is an ideal laboratory for wildlife biologists. For more than half a century, it has been the site of a comprehensive study on wolves—the world’s longest-running study on any wild animal. Join author and wildlife biologist Rolf Olin Peterson to hear a firsthand account of the relationships, natures, and crises of the island’s wolf population.

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Ford Airport: “The Nation’s First Modern Airport”



Ford Airport operated in Dearborn from 1924 to 1947 and has been called “the first modern airport in the United States.” Indeed, the airport pioneered the use of paved runways, radio guidance, airmail, passenger airline schedules, and a hotel airport. Home to the factory that made the iconic Ford Tri-Motor airplanes, Ford Airport also had the world’s only privately owned mooring mast, built to dock the huge dirigibles of the early twentieth century.

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The Railroad King: James F. Joy



James F. Joy of Detroit covered more than 715,000 square miles of the Midwest with railroads—several lines of which are still in use today. But “The Midwest Railroad King” did not stop there; Joy also helped build the Soo Locks, served as a University of Michigan regent, cofounded the Detroit College of Medicine, and won a pivotal court case with the help of Abraham Lincoln. Join us to learn about this towering figure in Michigan history.

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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.