History Hounds™ Lecture Series

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If you enjoy “sniffing out” and exploring Michigan’s most fascinating historical facets, join us for our evening series of in-depth lectures. The Historical Society of Michigan’s History Hounds™ Lecture Series allows attendees to delve into Michigan’s history and dig up a bone or two of new appreciation to take home.

  • History Hounds is FREE for members of HSM. 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.
  • Lectures start at 7 p.m. at the Historical Society of Michigan, 7435 Westshire Drive, Lansing, Michigan. The lecture and Q&As usually last about an hour.
  • Registration for each History Hounds lecture closes at 3 p.m. the day BEFORE the scheduled talk. Seating is limited. Walk-ins are welcome as long as seats are still available.
  • Participants can “attend” remotely, if they prefer. If you can watch and listen to a video on YouTube or Facebook, you have all the technology you need to join us remotely.*
  • For in-person attendees, light refreshments will be available.
  • Registration is available for the next two History Hounds.
*Instructions on how to remote-in to the workshop will be sent to attendees several days before each History Hounds program.


November 13, 2019

From Isolationist to Internationalist: Senator Arthur Vandenberg

with Hendrik Meijer, Meijer Inc.

Senator Arthur Vandenberg was a leading voice for isolationism during the 1930s, but his foreign policy views changed after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He then led the Republican Party into internationalism, supporting the Truman Doctrine, the Marshall Plan, and NATO. Vandenberg’s leading biographer explores the life of this great Michigan statesman.

December 11, 2019

Of Art & Architecture: Pewabic Pottery

with Cara Catallo, Pewabic Pottery

In 1903, Mary Chase Perry Stratton and Horace Caulkins founded Pewabic Pottery in Detroit and changed the world of ceramics. Pewabic lamps, vessels, and architectural tiles earned the company worldwide fame. Pewabic tiles grace churches, libraries, museums, and public buildings. Come to learn about the heritage and influence of this historic pottery.

January 8, 2020

Remember When You Were a Kid? The Faygo Story

with Joe Grimm, Michigan State University

This session will definitely tickle the taste buds and memories of Faygo lovers everywhere. Founded by a family of Jewish Russian Americans, Faygo weathered the booms and busts during the twentieth century and became the last company standing in Detroit’s “pop alley.” Be prepared to take a “pop” quiz too!

Registration for this History Hounds will be available soon.

February 12, 2020

Manoomin: Wild Rice in Michigan

with Barb Barton, Author

The Anishinaabek believe it to be sacred. Loggers and industrialists considered it a hindrance. Manoomin, or wild rice, is native to Michigan, but today, it is a rare sight to be seen. In its cultivation, decimation, and subsequent revitalization, wild rice offers a fascinating story of Michigan’s natural and cultural history.

Registration for this History Hounds will be available soon.

March 11, 2020

“Out of This World” Michigan Women

with Nicolle Zellner, Albion College

Women, too, have been a part of space exploration. In fact, 13 female pilots—two from Michigan—endured the same physical and psychological tests given to the original “Mercury 7” astronauts during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Come learn about Michigan’s female astronauts and other “out of this world” Michigan women.

Registration for this History Hounds will be available soon.

April 8, 2020

The Not So Open Road: Detroit’s Green Book

with Jamon Jordan, Black Scroll Network, History & Tours

After being turned away from hotels, restaurants, and gas stations during a journey, African-American postman Victor Hugo Green, along with the help of other mail carriers, created the “Green Book,” which listed U.S. businesses that welcomed African-American travelers. Come hear how Detroit’s Green Book opened the road for African Americans in Michigan.

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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