History Hounds® Lecture Series

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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. History Hounds is also free for members of HSM’s member organizations. 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,
November 3, 2020

noon-1 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

Fayette: From Company Town to Historic Townsite

with Troy Henderson, Department of Natural Resources—Fayette Townsite

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History Hounds
Off the Leash

Fayette was once a bustling U.P. industrial iron-smelting town from 1867 to 1891. Today, it is a historic townsite located within a state park. Join us to learn the history of Fayette, its community, and its buildings. The speaker will also highlight the continued preservation and interpretation efforts at the remarkably preserved historic site.

Wednesday,
November 11, 2020

7-8 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

PBB: The Poisoning of Michigan

with Edward Lorenz, Alma College (Ret.)

History Hounds

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.

Tuesday,
November 17, 2020

noon-1 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

Of Style and Structure: The Architecture of Detroit

with Wendy Evans, Wayne State University

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History Hounds
Off the Leash

Detroit’s history would not be complete without including its remarkable architecture, which offers a mix of styles of buildings designed by a variety of well-known architects. This session will explore the city’s architectural history from the nineteenth century to the present, focusing particularly on those buildings which still exist today.

There will not be a History Hounds presentation on Wednesday, November 25, due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday,
December 1, 2020

noon-1 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

How to Find a Lost French Fort (and What to Do With It Once You Do)

with Michael Nassaney, Western Michigan University

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History Hounds
Off the Leash

Come learn about the Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project’s latest discoveries. This joint initiative of the city of Niles and Western Michigan University seeks to excavate, interpret, and preserve the site of Fort St. Joseph, a French—and, later, British—mission, garrison, and trading post occupied from 1691 to 1781.

Wednesday,
December 9, 2020

7-8 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

Pedaling Beyond the Petticoats: Women Cyclists in the Gilded Age

with Roger Gilles, Grand Valley State University

History Hounds

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.

Tuesday,
December 15, 2020

noon-1 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

Roosevelt’s Tree Army: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Michigan

with Hillary Pine, Michigan History Center

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History Hounds
Off the Leash

In the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a New Deal program, set up camp. CCC enrollees worked on conservation projects throughout Michigan, altering the landscape in ways still visible today. Was your grandpa or dad a “CCC Boy”? Learn about the important work he did and the program’s impact on its participants.

There will not be a History Hounds presentation on Wednesday, December 23, due to the Christmas holiday.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

There will not be a History Hounds presentation on Tuesday, December 29, due to the New Year holiday.

Happy New Year!

Tuesday,
January 5, 2021

noon-1 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

Raising the Roof on Michigan’s Barn Heritage

with Jim Mulvaney, Michigan Barn Preservation Network

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History Hounds
Off the Leash

Discover early barn construction and how agricultural development actually changed barn architecture. Through photographs of various barns, including three 1860-built barns in Ingham County, attendees will learn how to recognize various architectural types and how construction varies. The program will also bring into focus what barns are like today and why.

Registration for this History Hounds will be available soon.

Wednesday,
January 13, 2021

7-8 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

Sucking the Life Out of the Great Lakes: The Sea Lamprey Invasion

with Cory Brant, U.S. Geological Survey Great Lakes Science Center

History Hounds

Sea lampreys are among the most destructive of the invasive species in the Great Lakes. They entered through the Welland Canal, decimated the once thriving lake trout population, and wreaked havoc on Great Lakes ecology. Learn about the lamprey invasion and the international campaign that eventually brought it under control.

Registration for this History Hounds will be available soon.

Wednesday,
January 27, 2021

7-8 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

Barbed-Wire Workplace: The Forced Labor of WWII’s Japanese Americans

with Stacey Camp, Michigan State University Department of Anthropology

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History Hounds
National Edition

From 1943 to 1945, more than 260 men—most of which were of Japanese ethnicity—were interned at the Kooskia Internment Camp outside of Kooskia, Idaho. They were charged with helping construct U.S. Highway 12 between Idaho and Montana. Join us to learn what archaeological research reveals about the lives of those men.

Registration for this History Hounds will be available soon.

Tuesday,
February 2, 2021

noon-1 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

A Christmas Tragedy: The 1913 Italian Hall Disaster

with Lindsay Hiltunen, Michigan Technological University Archives

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History Hounds
Off the Leash

This presentation reviews the events that sparked the Michigan Copper Strike from 1913 to 1914 and exposes the social, political, economic, and class divisions in the region that led to the conflict and the Italian Hall tragedy, where 73 people, most of them children, were trampled to death on Christmas Eve.

Registration for this History Hounds will be available soon.

Wednesday,
February 24, 2021

7-8 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

The Old Man and the Lake: Ernest Hemingway in Michigan

with Chris Struble, Michigan Hemingway Society

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History Hounds
National Edition

Some might find it surprising that Ernest Hemingway—a one-of-a-kind American writer with an international legacy—spent a lot of his formative years in Michigan. Join the speaker to learn about Hemingway’s summers vacationing near Petoskey, his important life events in our state, sites that remain to this day, and more.

Registration for this History Hounds will be available soon.

Tuesday,
March 2, 2021

noon-1 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

Ladies of the Lights: Women Lighthouse Keepers

with Dianna Stampfler, Promote Michigan

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History Hounds
Off the Leash

They were women before their time, taking on the romantic yet dangerous and physically demanding job of tending to the beacons that protected the shorelines. Come discover the women who excelled as lighthouse keepers—from the 1840s to the present day—through photographs of them, their families, and their lights.

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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