History Hounds® Has Grown! Check Out Our Expanded Lineup!

posted Apr 15, 2020
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history-hound-logoDue to current circumstances and social distancing, all History Hounds® presentations will be REMOTE ACCESS ONLY until further notice.

You can enjoy the content from the comfort and safety of your home. Connecting is easy! Instructions for remote access will be e-mailed to participants in advance.

If you enjoy “sniffing out” and exploring fascinating historical subjects, the Historical Society of Michigan’s History Hounds lecture series now offers weekly in-depth presentations, allowing attendees to curl up with a myriad of historical topics.

History Hounds Has Grown!

  • Our original History Hounds lectures are presented on the second Wednesday evening of every month from 7 to 8 p.m. Michigan’s history is so diverse—here’s your chance to dig up a bone or two of new appreciation to take home.
  • Join us for the NEW History Hounds National Edition on the fourth Wednesday evening of every month from 7 to 8 p.m. These presentations will chase down interesting history topics from around the nation.
  • Our NEW Off the Leash History Hounds lectures come to you on the first and third Tuesdays of every month from noon to 1 p.m. Take a lunch break, and join us to take a bite out of some intriguing facets of our state’s history.

Details…

  • History Hounds is FREE for members of HSM. If you are not a member but would like to become one, see our membership page.
  • Nonmembers are welcome to enjoy a lecture for $7.
  • An HSM member organization has the option to live-stream the lecture for free for its members or offer the lecture to its membership for free remote viewing.
  • The lecture and Q&As usually last about an hour. See the chart below for dates and times.
  • Registration for each lecture closes at 3 p.m. the day BEFORE the scheduled talk.
  • If you can watch and listen to a video on YouTube or Facebook, you have all the technology you need to join us remotely.*
*Instructions on how to remote-in to the lecture will be sent to attendees several days before each program.

 

Tuesday,
June 2, 2020

noon-1 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

Of Icebergs and Inquiries: Michiganders on the Titanic

with Robert Myers, Historical Society of Michigan

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History Hounds
Off the Leash

Encore presentation: When the luxury ocean liner RMS Titanic went down in 1912, many Michiganders tragically lost their lives. Within a week, U.S. Senator William Alden Smith, a native of Dowagiac, convened the U.S. inquiry into the disaster. Learn about the Michigan survivors and victims, as well as Senator Smith’s far-reaching quest for answers.

Wednesday,
June 10, 2020

7-8 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

Yooper Talk, Eh?

with Kathryn Remlinger, Grand Valley State University

History Hounds

The U.P.’s unique history and cross-section of several cultures has enabled its residents to develop their own dialect over time, providing the area with its own identity through language. Join us as we unravel what it means to talk like a “Yooper” and identify with Michigan’s one-of-a-kind region—the Upper Peninsula.

Tuesday,
June 16, 2020

noon-1 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

Braving the Waves: Lifesaving Service on the Shipwreck Coast

with Bruce Lynn, Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

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History Hounds
Off the Leash

Sailing the Great Lakes is a dangerous task, and scores and scores of sailors have been grateful to Michigan’s lifesaving services throughout the years. Join us to revisit the four original lifesaving stations along Lake Superior’s “Shipwreck Coast” and explore several examples of notable shipwrecks along the U.P.’s coastline.

Wednesday,
June 24, 2020

7-8 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

Lights! Camera! Action! Making the Movie Gettysburg

with Brian Egen, The Henry Ford

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History Hounds
National Edition

The epic Civil War movie Gettysburg debuted in 1993 to popular and critical acclaim. Our speaker spent two months filming on location as a “background artist” and in a speaking role as an officer in the 20th Maine Infantry. Using his personal photos, the speaker will share his experiences on the set.

Tuesday,
June 30, 2020

noon-1 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

Motown, Marines, and Medicine: Michigan History Day® Students Present

facilitated by Amy Bradfield, Historical Society of Michigan, with students Laura Thielman, Zackary Howey, and Ella Johnson

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History Hounds
Off the Leash

Join us to view three short documentaries on Motown, the Montford Point Marines, and Dr. Frank Pantridge, which were created by middle and high school students for the Michigan History Day® State Finals. All three films were selected to advance to National History Day. The student filmmakers will be available to answer questions about their research and experience.

Wednesday,
July 8, 2020

7-8 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

The Birch-Bark Booklets of Simon Pokagon

with Blaire Topash-Caldwell, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi

History Hounds

During the late nineteenth century, Potawatomi writer and activist Simon Pokagon became a leading spokesman for the Indigenous people of southwest Michigan. Pokagon’s stories, which he published in a series of birch-bark books, refuted anti-Native prejudices and advocated for the environment and Native-American rights. Come learn about the life of this Potawatomi leader.

Tuesday,
July 14, 2020

noon-1 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

Hitchin’ a Ride: Life Aboard Great Lakes Freighters

with Roger Lelievre, Author

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History Hounds
Off the Leash

Photographs and videos accompany this depiction of life aboard several Lake Superior vessels. This presentation by the author of Know Your Ships takes attendees through wheelhouses, engine rooms, and galleys as the freighters load and unload cargo, transit the Soo Locks, and pull in and out of ports.

Wednesday,
July 22, 2020

7-8 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

“Let It Be Well Done”: A Corduroy Remnant of Hull’s Trace in Brownstown, Michigan

with Daniel Harrison, Wayne State University

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History Hounds
National Edition

During the War of 1812, General William Hull’s troops blazed “Hull’s Trace,” a 200-mile supply line from Ohio to Detroit that crossed the Huron River near the Wyandot village of Brownstown. Learn about the rediscovery of this historic road’s remnants and its inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.

Tuesday,
July 28, 2020

noon-1 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

Michigan at Antietam

with Brian Egen, The Henry Ford

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History Hounds
Off the Leash

Michigan soldiers played a key role at the 1862 Battle of Antietam. This program, which is based on the book Michigan at Antietam written by the presenter and Jack Dempsey, discusses Michigan regiments in the battle, Michigan’s connections to the mysterious Lost Order, and the role of Captain George A. Custer of Monroe.

Wednesday,
August 12, 2020

The Great Fennville Train Robbery

with Paul Trap, Lexington Group in Transportation History—Michigan Chapter

In 1895, bandits robbed a Chicago & West Michigan train near Fennville. They dynamited the express car and stole bundles of cash. Robbery suspect John Smalley gunned down Detective George Powers in Grand Rapids, and a posse killed Smalley. But was Smalley’s gang the real robbers? Find out in this presentation.

Registration for this History Hounds will be available soon.

Wednesday,
September 9, 2020

A Bomber an Hour: The Willow Run Plant

with Ralph Hotton, Yankee Air Museum

During World War II, Ford Motor Company’s Willow Run bomber plant near Belleville, Michigan, turned out a B-24 Liberator every hour. Built in 1941 and designed by architect Albert Kahn, it was the world’s largest factory under one roof. Come learn how Willow Run helped turn America into the Arsenal of Democracy.

Registration for this History Hounds will be available soon.

Wednesday,
October 14, 2020

A Woman’s Place Is Under the Dome: Michigan’s Capitol and the Woman’s Suffrage Movement

with Valerie Marvin, State of Michigan

The fight for woman’s suffrage began in Michigan in 1846, when woman’s rights advocate Ernestine Rose gave two speeches in Michigan’s first Capitol. Women continued to come to the Capitol to advocate for voting rights, but actual suffrage remained an elusive goal. Join us to relive important suffrage moments under Michigan’s dome.

Registration for this History Hounds will be available soon.

Wednesday,
November 11, 2020

PBB: The Poisoning of Michigan

with Edward Lorenz, Alma College (Ret.)

In 1973, workers at a St. Louis, Michigan, factory accidentally mixed a flame-retardant chemical, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), into livestock feed. Millions of affected farm animals were destroyed, but not before Michiganders had consumed PBB in contaminated milk, meat, and eggs. Join us to learn about this tragic episode in Michigan’s history.

Registration for this History Hounds will be available soon.

Wednesday,
December 9, 2020

Pedaling Beyond the Petticoats: Women Cyclists in the Gilded Age

with Roger Gilles, Grand Valley State University

The bicycling craze of the 1890s led to a wildly popular—if brief—era of women’s professional bicycle racing. Society discouraged women from engaging in athletics, but some bucked the norms and jumped on their bikes. Learn how these speed and endurance contests helped pave the way for professional women’s sports.

Registration for this History Hounds will be available soon.

Refunds will not be issued for cancellations less than one week before each lecture.

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