Detroit Historical Society summer film series starts Sunday, July 13

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Bob Sadler
313.833.7937 or
313.819.5761 (cell)
bobsadler@detroithistorical.org

THE DETROIT HISTORICAL SOCIETY KICKS OFF ITS SUMMER FILM SERIES WITH TWO FILMS AT THE DOSSIN GREAT LAKES MUSEUM AND THE DETROIT HISTORICAL MUSEUM ON SUNDAY, JULY 13

DETROIT – Get out of the heat and get into the Detroit Historical Museum or the Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Sunday, July 13 at 3 p.m. to enjoy one of two free films, “Michigan Voices of the War” and “Freshwater Invaders.” These two FREE screenings kick off the Detroit Historical Society’s Summer Film Series.

Screened to coincide with the 70th Anniversary of Operation Overlord, which began with D-Day on June 6, 1944, “Michigan Voices of the War” showcases the experiences of Michigan’s World War II veterans. The running time for the film is 27 minutes. Visit the Detroit Historical Museum’s Detroit: the “Arsenal of Democracy” exhibit during your visit. Additional films to be shown at the Detroit Historical Museum this summer include:

· “BURN” on Sunday, August 10 at 3 p.m. This widely acclaimed documentary follows members of the Detroit Fire Department as they battle to protect the City of Detroit and its residents. Running time: 86 minutes

· “Anthem” on Sunday, September 14 at 3 p.m. Learn the origins of Francis Scott Key’s creation of “The Star-Spangled Banner and the relationship between music and patriotism during the War of 1812. Running time: 61 minutes

Across town on Belle Isle, “Freshwater Invaders” is being screened to coincide with the opening of the Dossin Museum’s newest exhibit, Troubled Waters: Healing our Freshwater Habitats in the Great Lakes Gallery. This 55-minute film illustrates how foreign varieties of animals and plants, now living in the Great Lakes, have changed the ecosystem, with frequently negative consequences for native species. Additional films to be shown at the Dossin this summer include:

· “The Mystery of the Edmund Fitzgerald” on Sunday, August 10 at 3 p.m. Learn more about the history of this Great Lakes freighter lost on Lake Superior on November 10, 1975. Running time: 15 minutes

· “River Channels” on Sunday, September 14 at 3 p.m. Join the divers of the Noble Odyssey Foundation’s research team as they investigate the long-forgotten shipwrecks hidden beneath the Straits of Mackinac. Running time: 20 minutes.

The Detroit Historical Museum, located at 5401 Woodward Ave. (NW corner of Kirby) in Midtown Detroit, is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is free for all, all the time. Parking in the Museum’s lot is $5 at all times. Group tour pricing and information is available by calling 313.833.1733.

Permanent exhibits include the famous Streets of Old Detroit, the Allesee Gallery of Culture, Kid Rock Music Lab, Doorway to Freedom: Detroit and the Underground Railroad, Detroit: The “Arsenal of Democracy,” the Gallery of Innovation, Frontiers to Factories, America’s Motor City, and The Glancy Trains. For more information, call the Museum at 313.833.1805 or check out our website at detroithistorical.org.

The Dossin Great Lakes Museum, located at 100 Strand Drive on Belle Isle, is open Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free for all, all the time. Permanent exhibits include Built by the River in the John A. and Marlene L. Boll Foundation Gallery, the Miss Pepsi vintage 1950s championship hydroplane, the Gothic Room from the City of Detroit III, a bow anchor from the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald, the pilothouse from the Great Lakes freighter S.S. William Clay Ford in the Wayne and Joan Webber Gallery, and one of the largest known collections of scale model ships in the world.

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