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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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Shay: Steam & Steel



Inventor and lumber pioneer Ephraim Shay of Harbor Springs gained fame for his amazing creations, especially one that transformed Michigan’s logging railroads. Join us to discover the stories behind Shay’s 50-foot steel yacht, the Aha; his hexagonal, stamped-steel home; and the invention that made his fortune, the Shay geared locomotive.

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Tragedy in November: The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald



The SS Edmund Fitzgerald sank more than 45 years ago. Since then, the ship’s demise has been examined, explained, and explored. So is there anything left to learn about the shipwreck? Or has it all been said and done? Speaker John Beck will show that there is still plenty left to learn.

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First Women of the Michigan Supreme Court



Although few professional careers welcomed women when they entered the legal field, Justices Mary S. Coleman, Dorothy Comstock Riley, and Patricia J. Boyle opened the doors of the judiciary through their intelligence and tenacity. Learn about their lives and their tenures on the state's highest court during the 1970s-1990s.

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They Fought Like Demons: Women Soldiers in the Civil War



“Frank Thompson” of the 2nd Michigan Infantry turned out to be Sarah Emma Edmonds. The 95th Illinois’ “Albert Cashier” was Jennie Hodgers. They and hundreds of other women adopted male disguises and fought as Civil War soldiers. Discover their amazing stories with the author of They Fought Like Demons.

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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.