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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

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Fossils of the Michigan Basin



What is now Michigan was once the bottom of an ancient saltwater tropical sea. Millions of years’ worth of sediment covered much of the region until glaciers exposed the bottoms of the Devonian Seas. Join "PaleoJoe" as he takes you on a trip back in time to discover Michigan’s fossils.

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Night of the Wind: The Palm Sunday Tornado of April 1965



In April 1965, dozens of “Palm Sunday Tornadoes” tore through the Midwest, cutting a swath of destruction that stretched for hundreds of miles. Join us to hear about the tornado outbreak that killed 266 people—including 53 Michiganders—injured thousands more, and devastated towns in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

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Michigan's First Female Architect: Emily Helen Butterfield



Emily Helen Butterfield was Michigan’s first female architect, often working alongside her father, Wells Butterfield. But she was more than an architect—she was also an activist who served as the first president of the Detroit Women’s Business Club. Largely unknown to many, her work can still be found throughout the Greater Detroit area and across Michigan.


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From Aladdin to Sears: America's Kit Homes



Did you buy your house from a catalog? Thousands of Americans did, purchasing from Sears, Montgomery Ward, Aladdin Homes in Bay City, and others. Everything the builder needed—from precut boards to windows, doors, paint, and even nails—arrived ready for assembly. Join us to discover the world of America’s kit homes.

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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.