Join us for our WEEKLY History Hounds® presentations.

posted Nov 3, 2020
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history-hound-logoAll 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. Eastern Time 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. Eastern Time 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. Eastern Time. 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.sponsor by mcaca
  • 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. Eastern Time 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.  All times below are Eastern Time.

 

Wednesday,
April 14, 2021

7-8 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

Soapy Williams: The Conscience of the Democratic Party

with Thomas J. Noer, Carthage College

History Hounds

In 1948, G. Mennen Williams, a young Democrat who sported a green polka-dotted bow tie, won the Michigan gubernatorial race. “Soapy” Williams became one of Michigan’s longest-serving governors and later served as Assistant Secretary of State. Join us to learn about Soapy Williams, “The Conscience of the Democratic Party.”

Tuesday,
April 20, 2021

noon-1 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

View From the Veranda: Mackinac Island’s Historic Summer Cottages

with Phil Porter, Mackinac Island State Historic Parks (Ret.)

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History Hounds
Off the Leash

In the late nineteenth century, Mackinac Island became one of the Midwest’s premier resorts. The island’s cottage communities mirrored Mackinac’s growing popularity as a summer destination. Our speaker provides a visual tour highlighting the evolution of the island’s summer cottage communities from early simple vernacular homes to later opulent mansions.

Wednesday,
April 28, 2021

7-8 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

The Story on the Stones: Interpreting Gravestone Symbols and Meanings

with John Veverka, Heritage Interpretation Training Center

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History Hounds
National Edition

Gravestone art is an important part of American culture. From death’s-heads and angels to weeping willows and wheat sheaves, gravestone art speaks the language of symbolism. Carved messages on grave markers tell of the deceased’s life and spirit without using words. Join us to discover the symbols on the stones.

Tuesday,
May 4, 2021

noon-1 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

Bands of Beauty: The History of Superior Agates

with Karen Brzys, Gitche Gumee Agate and History Museum

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History Hounds
Off the Leash

As with fingerprints and snowflakes, no two Lake Superior agates are exactly alike. This session will journey into the geologic history of the Great Lakes region to explain what agates are and how several factors merged together to create one of the most intricate and sought-after agates in the world.

Wednesday,
May 12, 2021

7-8 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

Coal Mining in the Mitten

with William Murphy, Author

History Hounds

Michigan’s mining history is legendary. Our U.P. copper and iron mines played a proud part in transforming a growing nation into an international power, but a less familiar form of mining in the middle of the Lower Peninsula also helped fuel Michigan’s development—the mining of coal.

Tuesday,
May 18, 2021

noon-1 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

Navigating Back in Time: Tuskegee Airmen at Oscoda During WWII

with David K. Vaughan, Air Force Institute of Technology

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History Hounds
Off the Leash

Many of the African-American pilots—later known as the Tuskegee Airmen—who flew during World War II trained at Michigan’s Oscoda Army Air Field. Join us for a closer look at the training program and personal experiences of those airmen—two topics that were largely overlooked in historical accounts.

Wednesday,
May 26, 2021

7-8 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

Abraham Lincoln Through the Eyes of Political Cartoons

with Stephen Siciliano, Northwestern Michigan College

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History Hounds
National Edition

Abraham Lincoln was the subject of thousands of political cartoons. Those caricatures give insight into Lincoln’s strengths and the challenges he faced as a master politician and war president. Many of the cartoons themselves have their own rich history. Learn about Lincoln and his times through a dozen historical cartoons.

Tuesday,
June 1, 2021

noon-1 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

Sacred Spaces: Detroit Church Architecture

with Wendy Evans, Wayne State University—Department of Art and Art History

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History Hounds
Off the Leash

Detroiters built one magnificent house of worship after another, and those sacred structures stand today as symbols of the city. This presentation explores a selection of Detroit’s architectural marvels, from the earliest surviving ones—such as Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, built 1844-1848—to the legendary Mariners’ Church on Jefferson Avenue.

Registration for this History Hounds will be available soon.

Wednesday,
June 9, 2021

7-8 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

Fairytale Homes: The Mushroom Houses of Charlevoix

with David Miles, Charlevoix Historical Society

History Hounds

Join us for a delightful tour of Charlevoix’s “Mushroom Houses.” Self-taught Charlevoix architect and nature-lover Earl Young designed whimsical homes that appear to have popped up from a fairy-tale book or Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Discover the history of the homes that draw thousands of tourists to Northern Michigan.

Registration for this History Hounds will be available soon.

Tuesday,
June 15, 2021

noon-1 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

A Local Stop on the Road to National Prohibition: Midland County’s “Dry” Decades

with Tawny Ryan Nelb, Nelb Archival Consulting

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History Hounds
Off the Leash

Prohibition of alcohol was one of the great social reform movements of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In 1908, Midland and several other Michigan counties banned liquor through local option votes well before national Prohibition. Learn about Midland Prohibition and how it continued to exclude liquor-by-the-glass until 1967.

Registration for this History Hounds will be available soon.

Wednesday,
June 23, 2021

7-8 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

A Battle Against All Odds: The 25th Michigan at Tebbs Bend

with John Urschel, Civil War Roundtable of Southwest Michigan

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History Hounds
National Edition

The Fourth of July 1863 saw three Union victories in the Civil War: Gettysburg; the capture of Vicksburg; and the little-known Battle of Tebbs Bend, Kentucky. Join us to learn how Colonel Orlando Moore and 200 men of the 25th Michigan Infantry defeated 2,500 of John Hunt Morgan’s Confederate cavalry.

Registration for this History Hounds will be available soon.

Tuesday,
June 29, 2021

noon-1 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

Father Charles Coughlin and American Fascism

with Andrew Lapin, Detroit Jewish News

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History Hounds
Off the Leash

During the Great Depression, Father Charles Coughlin of the Shrine of the Little Flower in Royal Oak used his radio sermons to promote fascism and anti-Semitism. He became America’s first mass-media demagogue. The speaker, who is the editor of the Detroit Jewish News, shares his own research into Coughlin’s influence on America.

Registration for this History Hounds will be available soon.

Tuesday,
July 6, 2021

noon-1 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

Our Fieldstone Heritage

with Peter Daly, Journalist (Ret.)

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History Hounds
Off the Leash

Michigan farmers regarded fieldstones as a nuisance. Thousands of years before, glaciers had scattered them across the landscape, and they interfered with spring plowing. Builders, however, used fieldstones to create beautiful houses, schools, churches, barns, and other structures. Join us to discover the buildings that constitute Michigan’s fieldstone heritage.

Registration for this History Hounds will be available soon.

Wednesday,
July 14, 2021

7-8 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

Criminal Mysteries: Infamous Unsolved Crimes in Michigan’s History

with Tobin Buhk, Author

History Hounds

TV police shows invariably end the hour with the case neatly solved. The real world is different. Many criminal case files never end with everything wrapped up in a tidy package and the crimes go unresolved. Here is your chance to learn about the mysteries of some unsolved, infamous Michigan crimes.

Registration for this History Hounds will be available soon.

Tuesday,
July 20, 2021

noon-1 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

The Page Fence Giants: African-American Baseball Champs

with Mitch Lutzke, Williamston High School

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History Hounds
Off the Leash

The crack of the bat and cheering crowds heralded the Page Fence Giants, an African-American baseball team of the 1890s. Based in Adrian, the Giants were sponsored by the Page Woven Wire Fence Company. Come sit in the stands to hear all about the early ball club that notched a 500-76 win-loss record.

Registration for this History Hounds will be available soon.

Wednesday,
July 28, 2021

7-8 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

Fire in the White House!

with Craig G. Wright, Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum

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History Hounds
National Edition

Many people know that the British burned the White House in 1814. But did you know that President Herbert Hoover was hosting a party on Christmas Eve 1929 when a fire broke out? Travel back in time to learn about the blaze that gutted the West Wing and ruined the Oval Office.

Registration for this History Hounds will be available soon.

Tuesday,
August 3, 2021

noon-1 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

The Monroe Monster

with Gerald Wykes, Monroe County Museum System

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History Hounds
Off the Leash

In 1965, “The Monroe Monster,” a huge, hairy beast, allegedly attacked a woman and her daughter on a Monroe back road. Monster hunters believed that a creature had escaped the nearby Enrico Fermi Nuclear Power Plant laboratory. It sparked national news and “Monster Specials” at local businesses—but what was it?

Registration for this History Hounds will be available soon.

Wednesday,
August 11, 2021

7-8 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

Loggers in Stone: Creating the Lumbermen’s Monument

with David K. Vaughan, Air Force Institute of Technology

History Hounds

Located on the picturesque High Rollways of the Au Sable River, the Lumbermen’s Monument is a 14-foot-high, lifelike representation of the lumbermen who worked in the Michigan lumbering industry. This presentation describes the conception and development of the plan and design of the memorial, which took four years to complete.

Registration for this History Hounds will be available soon.

Tuesday,
August 17, 2021

noon-1 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

Gangsters? Up North?

with Robert Knapp, University of California—Berkeley

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History Hounds
Off the Leash

Like anyone else, gangsters of the 1920s and 1930s liked to get away from it all. Sometimes their trips to Northern Michigan involved gambling, bootlegging, and kidnapping. At other times, they only sought rest and relaxation. Come learn about the mobsters from Detroit, Chicago, and Toledo who headed up north.

Registration for this History Hounds will be available soon.

Wednesday,
August 25, 2021

7-8 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

The Great Navy Birds of Lake Michigan: Resurrecting WWII Aircraft

with Taras Lyssenko, A and T Recovery

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History Hounds
National Edition

This session explores the project to locate, recover, and restore—on behalf of the National Naval Aviation Museum—approximately 40 once-lost U.S. Navy World War II aircraft from Lake Michigan. The aircraft can now be found on display across the nation in some of our most prestigious aviation museums and airports.

Registration for this History Hounds will be available soon.

Tuesday,
August 31, 2021

noon-1 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

Documenting Racism: The Jim Crow Museum

with Jennifer Rose Hasso and Cyndi Tiedt, Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia

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History Hounds
Off the Leash

Join us as we tour the Jim Crow Museum to explore the history of anti-black caricatures, propaganda, and rhetoric. Jim Crow laws and customs demeaned and oppressed African Americans in ways that still affect our nation, but the museum opens dialogues about discriminatory history to promote social and racial justice.

Registration for this History Hounds will be available soon.

Wednesday,
September 8, 2021

7-8 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

Lost on Lake Michigan: The Wreck of the SS Chicora

with Robert Myers, Historical Society of Michigan

History Hounds

In January 1895, the new steamer Chicora of St. Joseph had already tied up for the winter. Then the Big Four Railroad called—would her owners send the Chicora to Milwaukee on a final voyage? Join us to learn of a fateful decision that doomed a ship and its crew.

Registration for this History Hounds will be available soon.

Tuesday,
September 14, 2021

noon-1 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

In the Same Lane: Desegregating Michigan Bowling

with David Kenney, Author

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History Hounds
Off the Leash

In 1947, as major league baseball’s color barrier collapsed, the American Bowling Congress voted to maintain racial segregation in America’s bowling alleys. Come learn how the National Committee for Fair Play in Bowling—a United Auto Workers initiative—helped Detroit’s African-American leaders desegregate America’s most popular amateur sport.

Registration for this History Hounds will be available soon.

Wednesday,
September 22, 2021

7-8 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

Joe Louis: Battering the Color Barrier

with Marcy Sacks, Albion College

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History Hounds
National Edition

From 1937 to 1949, Joe Louis reigned as the U.S. heavyweight boxing champion. The “Brown Bomber” became a national hero, making him a focal point for debate over African-American rights. Come learn how one of the greatest athletes in history battered the color barrier and reshaped American social attitudes.

Registration for this History Hounds will be available soon.

Tuesday,
September 28, 2021

noon-1 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

Sitting Down to Stand Up: The 1936-1937 Flint Strike

with Edward McClelland, Author

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History Hounds
Off the Leash

The 1936-1937 Flint sit-down strike gave birth to the United Auto Workers and set standards for industry wages throughout America. Learn how strikers occupied GM plants, confronted the police and National Guard, and sought help from the Women’s Emergency Brigade to secure collective bargaining rights, retirement benefits, and better wages.

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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