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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.

Did you know? ALL of our History Hounds lectures are FREE for HSM members—including a robust library of recorded past lectures. Learn more about HSM membership here.

or call us at (800) 692-1828

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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Say "Yah" to Yooper Talk, Eh!



The remote and isolated location of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, combined with locals’ contact with speakers of English, Finnish, French, Anishinaabemowin, and other languages, have shaped the way Yoopers speak over the past 150 years. In this presentation, Dr. Kathryn Remlinger will discuss the history and development of “Yooper Talk” and explain why it remains distinct from other varieties of American English.

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All About Eleanor: A Virtual Visit to Ford House



Get to know Eleanor Ford during this unique program that highlights some of Eleanor's favorite things during a tour of many rooms within the family's home. We'll share stories about her family life, her love for the arts, and her philanthropic contributions—including her final gift that created Ford House.

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Winds of Change: The Farms of Ogemaw County



At Ogemaw Heights High School, students of Ms. Radecki's U.S. history classes are working with the school's STEM department on a cross-curricular project to research how local farms have changed over the years. The students were able to use drone technology to capture what nine county farms look like today and show how they have changed since the 1980s. Several local farmers came to class to share the histories of their properties and help the students gain a better knowledge of their town. This year, the project’s focus is on centennial farms and their impact on the community.

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Michigan Oddities & Rarities



Michigan is replete with the strange and unexplained: mysterious statues discovered in the roots of a fallen tree, megalithic walls, an ancient stone amulet found in Nahma, and one of America’s most famous archaeological hoaxes. Learn about these and more as we explore the world of Michigan oddities.

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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.