History Hounds® Lecture Series

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history-hound-logoAll History Hounds® presentations will be virtual until further notice.

If you enjoy “sniffing out” and exploring fascinating historical subjects, the Historical Society of Michigan’s History Hounds lecture series offers weekly in-depth presentations, allowing attendees to curl up with a myriad of historical topics.

Schedule

  • Evening lectures are presented on the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month from 7 to 8 p.m. Eastern Time.
  • Our Off the Leash History Hounds lectures come to you on Tuesdays at noon Eastern Time during weeks that don’t have a Wednesday evening program. 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 5 p.m. on Monday (for Tuesday programs) and at noon on Wednesday (for evening programs).
    • Instructions on how to remote-in to the lecture will be sent to attendees the day before each program to the email you use to register.

All times below are Eastern Time.

 

Tuesday,
November 30, 2021

noon-1 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

Disaster at Fort St. Joseph: Pontiac’s Rebellion

with Robert Myers, Historical Society of Michigan

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History Hounds
Off the Leash

Francis Schlosser was an officer in over his head. In 1761, the 60th Regiment’s young ensign arrived at Fort St. Joseph in command of its small British garrison. He lost no time in offending nearly everyone. Learn how his inexperience, incompetence, and arrogance ended in disaster two years later.

Wednesday,
December 8, 2021

7-8 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

Reams of Hate: Henry Ford’s Antisemitic Newspaper

with Catherine Cangany, Jewish Historical Society of Michigan

History Hounds

Henry Ford’s antisemitic newspaper, The Dearborn Independent, was first published in 1919. Despite its international reach and considerable backing, the Jewish community successfully shut down the paper in 1927. However, articles are still published today and used to inspire extremist groups. Delve into the history of this complicated Michigan legacy with this session.

Tuesday,
December 14, 2021

noon-1 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

Restoring the Light: Saving the St. Helena Lighthouse

with Mark & Michele VanderVelde, Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association

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History Hounds
Off the Leash

In 1986, the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association (GLLKA) gathered dedicated volunteers to restore the St. Helena Island Lighthouse. Come and learn the history of the lighthouse, the toll of years of neglect and vandalism, and the remarkable restoration which will be enjoyed for generations to come.

Wednesday,
December 22, 2021

7-8 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

Little House in the Big Woods: The Life of Laura Ingalls Wilder

with Sue Fedie, Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum

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History Hounds
National Edition

Millions of schoolchildren grew up with the “Little House” books and the opening sentence, “Once upon a time . . . a little girl lived in the Big Woods of Wisconsin.” Join us as the staff of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Pepin, Wisconsin, tells us the author’s story.

There will not be a History Hounds presentation on Tuesday, December 28, due to the New Year holiday.

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

12 p.m.

This lecture is only available through remote access.

The Black Hat Regiment: The 24th Michigan of the Iron Brigade

with Gary Rembisz, Author

History Hounds

When the 24th Michigan Infantry joined the elite “Iron Brigade” in 1862, its veterans scorned the newcomers. The Detroiters, however, won acceptance at the Battle of Fredericksburg. At Gettysburg, they suffered 80% casualties but made the Union victory possible. Join us to learn about this legendary Civil War regiment.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

7 p.m.

Virtual

From Cheese to Politics: The Story of Governor Fred Warner

with Kathleen Bilger, Friends of the Governor Warner Mansion

History Hounds

How does an English orphan become one of the most powerful men in the country and one of Michigan’s most popular governors? Was his wife really a suffragette? What really occurred at Theodore Roosevelts inauguration? Learn about a slice of the 20th century that almost didn’t happen!

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

12 p.m.

Virtual

Strategic Air Command: Kincheloe Air Force Base and a B-52 Crash

with Barry Levine, Yankee Air Museum

History Hounds

Join us to recall Northern Michigan’s aviation history. We will review Kincheloe AFB from World War II roots through its Strategic Air Command days, and also learn of the 1971 B-52 bomber crash in Little Traverse Bay near the Big Rock Nuclear Plant which could have caused a nuclear disaster.

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

7 p.m.

Virtual

Nathan Bedford Forrest’s 1864 Railroad Raid

with Gene Salecker, Author

History Hounds

In September 1864, Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest took 4,500 rebel cavalrymen on a raid to cut General Sherman’s two railroad supply lines to Atlanta. Join us to learn about Forrest’s encounter with the 18th Michigan Infantry, and the disastrous outcome of the Michigan regiment’s one and only major battle.

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

12 p.m.

Virtual

From Alcona to Wexford: Naming Michigan’s Post-Statehood Counties

with Daniel Truckey, Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center, Northern Michigan University

History Hounds

How did Michigan’s counties get their names? Some counties, including Wayne, Monroe, and the “Cabinet Counties,” were christened before Michigan statehood, but what about later ones such as Crawford, Gogebic, and Wexford? Join us to learn the stories behind the Michigan county names origins.

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

7 p.m.

Virtual

History in the Hills: The Haven Sanitarium

with Tiffany Dziurman, Rochester-Avon Historical Society

History Hounds

The Haven Sanitarium in Avon Township (now Rochester Hills) originated as a country residence. It became a leader in mental health hospital that operated from 1932 to 1968. Discover the story of the hospital that numbered among the world’s most sought-after mental health facilities for both doctors and patients.

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

12 p.m.

Virtual

Freedom, Faith and Loyalty: The House of David in World War II

with Brian Carroll, Israelite House of David

History Hounds

Benton Harbor’s Israelite House of David religious order gained fame for its amusement park, baseball teams, long hair, and its prophet-founders Benjamin and Mary Purnell. Come learn about this pacifist order during World War II, including conscientious objectors, use of German POW labor, and Mary’s prophecies about the war’s outcome.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

7 p.m.

Virtual

USS Enterprise: The Voyage of Star Trek’s Filming Model

with Michael J. Bare, Model builder

History Hounds

The Starship Enterprise, like its famous crew, was an important “member” of the original 1960s television series. You’ll follow the Enterprise from its conception in 1964, to the construction of an 11-foot filming model, to its being put on display at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in 2016.

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

 

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