Cancellation of the 2020 Michigan in Perspective: The Local History Conference

posted Mar 11, 2020

The 62nd annual Michigan in Perspective: The Local History Conference has been canceled due to COVID-19 (coronavirus).

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LHC-current-cover The staff at the Historical Society of Michigan has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation in Michigan for some time. Our primary concern is the health and welfare of our attendees, speakers, exhibitors, and other guests who are registered for the 2020 Michigan in Perspective: The Local History Conference.

Multiple cases of the virus have now been identified in the counties adjacent to our meeting site, and more cases are expected to be identified in the coming days and weeks. Governor Gretchen Whitmer has declared a State of Emergency for Michigan, and the state is moving to take aggressive steps to discourage the spread of the virus. Numerous conferences and gatherings both in the state and nationally have been or are being canceled. The U.S. Center for Disease Control is also recommending that adults over 60 avoid large gatherings, which includes many of our expected conference attendees.

Due to these circumstances, we feel that holding an indoor conference with more than 700 people together in relatively close quarters would put our attendees at risk. We have therefore made the very difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Michigan in Perspective conference scheduled for March 27 & 28 in Sterling Heights.

I know many of you will be disappointed by this decision, but we feel strongly this is the right course of action for our participants under these very difficult circumstances. We hope to ask all of the speakers to consider returning next year for our 2021 Michigan in Perspective conference so we can offer most of the wonderful content in the program.

I am very sorry we have had to make this extremely difficult decision and appreciate your understanding.

Larry J. Wagenaar
Conference Chair
Executive Director and CEO
Historical Society of Michigan


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