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The Historical Society of Michigan office in Lansing is CLOSED TO VISITORS. As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak we strongly encourage everyone to contact HSM via e-mail at or to the specific staff member you wish to contact. You can also use the contact form found HERE.

The Historical Society of Michigan (HSM) is the state’s oldest cultural organization, founded in 1828 by territorial governor Lewis Cass and explorer Henry Schoolcraft. The Society helps to connect Michigan’s past to students, educators, historical organizations and the public through educational programs, conferences, publications, awards, workshops, referral services, networking opportunities, and  support for local history organizations.

HSM publishes Michigan History  and Chronicle magazines, operates the Michigan History Day (National History Day in Michigan) program statewide, runs history conferences for the public throughout the state, certifies farms in it Centennial Farm Program, provides training and networking for local historical organizations, and so much more.  HSM is not collection based and has no museum or archives.

HSM is an educational nonprofit organization and relies on membership, donations, grants, and earned income for its revenue to operate. While not a part of state government, HSM is the official state historical society by law.

Please feel free to contact us at with your comments or suggestions. Please visit us on Facebook too!

Larry J. Wagenaar
Executive Director and CEO







Historical Society of Michigan 7435 Westshire Dr., Lansing MI 48917
Email | Phone (517) 324-1828 | Fax (517) 324-4370

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