History Hounds™ Lecture Series

History Hounds LogoTo register for a lecture, use our secure online registration form.

Or call (800) 692-1828.

If you enjoy “sniffing out” and exploring Michigan’s most fascinating historical facets, join us for our evening series of in-depth lectures. The Historical Society of Michigan’s History Hounds™ Lecture Series allows attendees to delve into Michigan’s history and dig up a bone or two of new appreciation to take home.

  • History Hounds is FREE for individual members of HSM. Membership is required for participation. If you are not a member but would like to become one, see our membership page.
  • An HSM member organization has the option to live-stream the lecture for its members.
  • Lectures start at 7 p.m. (unless noted) at the Meijer Education Center at the Historical Society of Michigan, 5815 Executive Dr., Lansing, Michigan. The lecture and Q&As usually last about an hour.
  • Seating is limited and pre-registration is suggested but not required. Walk-ins are welcome.
  • Participants can “attend” remotely, if they prefer, through Zoom Video Communications and will be able to interact with the speaker and other attendees.*
  • For in-person attendees, light refreshments will be available.
*For full interaction, microphone and webcam are required on your device. Instructions on how to remote-in to the workshop will be sent to attendees.

To register for a lecture, use our secure online registration form.

Or call (800) 692-1828.


September 13

A First Taste of Prohibition: Banning Booze in Midland

with Tawny Ryan Nelb, Nelb Archival Consulting, Inc.

Although Prohibition did not begin throughout the United States until 1920, the Michigan city of Midland had already outlawed liquor 12 years earlier. Filled with many historical images, this lecture tells the story of Midland banning alcohol in 1908 and its continued exclusion of liquor-by-the-glass until 1967 – 34 years after national Prohibition ended.

October 11

Remembering Blaney Park With Oral Histories

with James Cameron, Michigan Department of Education Social Studies Consultant

During balmy Michigan summers, travelers often stayed in the Upper Peninsula at Blaney Park, a modern resort that offered urban dwellers a chance to enjoy the great outdoors. Come hear how Jim Cameron and Northern Michigan’s Center for U.P. Studies use a collection of oral histories to preserve the rich history of the park.

November 8

Michigan Modern: Designs that Shaped America

with Susan J. Bandes, Michigan State University

Designers, architects, companies, and academic institutions in Michigan have made an impact on Modernism since the turn of the twentieth century. This lecture will address our state’s role in the development of modern design through production, education, and architecture.

December 6

Written in Stone: The Sanilac Petroglyphs

with Stacy Tchorzynski, State Historic Preservation Office

The Sanilac Petroglyphs are the largest collection of Native-American rock carvings known in Michigan. Attendees will learn about the site through an archaeological perspective. The speaker will also reveal the current plans to preserve and interpret this important place.

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


Historical Society of Michigan 5815 Executive Drive Lansing, MI 48911
Email hsm@hsmichigan.org | Phone (517) 324-1828 | Fax (517) 324-4370

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