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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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History Hounds: Holiday Break



There will be no History Hounds lecture on December 28 due to the Christmas holiday.

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Augustus Herring: Michigan's Pioneer Aviator



Was he the “first to fly?” In 1898, five years before the Wright Brothers’ first flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Augustus Herring flew a powered aircraft on Silver Beach in St. Joseph, Michigan. Could he claim to be the first airplane pilot? Join us to learn about this pioneering, controversial aviator and his flight along the Lake Michigan shore.

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A Night at the Theater: 10 Questions for Henry Ford



Henry Ford forever changed the world’s industrial landscape—but his life was not without controversy. In this presentation, the speaker will show excerpts from his documentary art film, 10 Questions for Henry Ford, which draws on newspaper interviews, archival film, oral histories, and Ford’s personal notebooks to contrast the popular Ford myth with a far more complicated reality.

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The Power of the Pelt: Fur Trading in the Grand River Valley



In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries—an era fraught with colonial political challenges—trade was an important avenue for negotiating power. This presentation will focus on two Western Michigan fur traders who lived along the Grand River and their economic relationship with the Odawa in the area. By taking a closer look at trade and how it was handled, we can get a glimpse into how Native groups may have used such exchanges for their own benefit.

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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.