Local History Conference Draws 500+ in Livonia

LIVONIA—More than 500 history enthusiasts attended the 55th annual Michigan in Perspective: The Local History Conference this past weekend at the Livonia Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center. Organized by the Historical Society of Michigan, the conference lists Meijer, Inc. and the Detroit Historical Society as its lead sponsors.

“We saw many familiar faces, and many new ones as well,” said Mary Anne Smith, the Society’s conference administrator. “This event has become the largest of our four major conferences, and we’re already excited for next year.”

Those who attended the conference were able to sit in on several keynotes as well as 22 breakout sessions that focused on local history in Michigan. Highlights included

  • “Newspapers: Surviving the Digital Age” (Paul Keep of MLive Media Group)
  • “Confronting the Legacy of the Mount Pleasant Indian Industrial Boarding School: A Community-Driven Movement for Healing, Truth-telling, & Decolonization” (Representatives of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan)
  • “Vernors Ginger Ale: Detroit’s Drink (Author Keith Wunderlich)
  • “Downtown Detroit’s Magnificent Movie Palaces” (Michael Hauser of Detroit Opera House)

The conference also featured a Friday reception at the Plymouth Historical Museum. To see the full conference flier, visit www.hsmichigan.org/conferences/local-history-conference.

In addition to our lead sponsors, the conference’s other major sponsors included the Detroit Public Library, Michigan State University Press, University of Michigan Press, Walter P. Reuther Library, and Wayne State University Press. The event was also supported by the Algonquin Club of Detroit & Windsor, Bentley Historical Library, Center for Upper Peninsula Studies at Northern Michigan University, Detroit Society for Genealogical Research, Inc., Fred Hart Williams Genealogical Society, Great Lakes Maritime Institute, Historical Society for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Jewish Historical Society of Michigan, Michigan Genealogical Council, Michigan Roundtable for Diversity & Inclusion, Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame, Oakland County Historical Commission, Plymouth Historical Museum, Troy Historical Society, and William L. Clements Library.

The Historical Society of Michigan is our state’s oldest cultural organization, founded in 1828 by territorial governor Lewis Cass and explorer Henry Schoolcraft. A non-governmental nonprofit, the Society focuses on publications, conferences, education, awards and recognition programming, and support for local history organizations.

For more information, visit www.hsmichigan.org or call (517) 324-1828.


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

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