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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. 

All lecture times are scheduled in the Eastern time zone.

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Triumph and Tragedy: John DeLorean and the GTO



Discover the triumphs and failures of auto executive John DeLorean, who zoomed up the ranks at General Motors through successful cars such as the Pontiac GTO. The failure of his DeLorean Motor Company ensnared him in charges for tax evasion, loan fraud, and drug use. Although acquitted, he was financially ruined.

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Michigan's Father of Modern Horticulture: Dr. Liberty Hyde Bailey



Liberty Hyde Bailey of South Haven is considered by many to be the "Father of Modern Horticulture.” An 1882 graduate of Michigan Agricultural College (now MSU), Bailey later chaired its Horticulture Department—the first in America. Come learn about this leader in agricultural extension services, the 4-H movement, nature study, parcel post, and rural electrification.

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History Hounds: Conference Break



There will be no History Hounds® lecture on March 19 due to the Michigan in Perspective: Local History Conference. Join us at Oakland University! Click here to learn more about the conference.

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Higher Power Calling: Lucretia Mott and Harriet Tubman



Lucretia Coffin Mott was a Quaker abolitionist and social reformer. Harriet Tubman escaped slavery, became a conductor on the Underground Railroad, and served the Union Army as a Civil War nurse, scout, and spy. Discover the inspiring stories of two reformers who represent American women’s historic struggles to achieve freedom, equality, and suffrage.

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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.