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Programs

Explore the history of Michigan's peoples, places, and more with HSM through our educational programs and events.

Experience Michigan's rich, diverse history

We have something for everyone at the Historical Society of Michigan, whether you are a history enthusiast, educator, student, weekend explorer, or part of an organization that specializes in local history. Our educational programs and events share the stories of Michigan’s past and help people connect with others as they learn the history of our great state. Sign up to attend one of our annual conferences or weekly History Hounds® lectures, promote history to young scholars through the Michigan History Day® program, or fine-tune a skill at a workshop. Get started on your learning adventure today!

Conferences

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Join us at one or all of our conferences that happen across the state each year. Every conference has multiple content sessions and keynotes that focus on regional history and statewide stories, pulling from an impressive group of speakers and experts who share their passion for history and Michigan with participants. Every spring, the Michigan in Perspective: Local History Conference is held in the Metro Detroit area. In the summer, travel to a new locale each year for the Upper Peninsula History Conference. Each fall, the Annual Meeting and Michigan History Conference offers a focused look on the host area.  

History Hounds® Lecture Series

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Enjoy learning about Michigan history in a casual setting? Our lectures are for you!

Join us for our weekly History Hounds® presentations and discover more of Michigan's history. From the Underground Railroad to shipwrecks, our diverse offering of lectures are a popular event for our members and community.

History Skills Workshops

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Learn more about a particular topic or hone a skill from experts in different historical fields

Our History Skills Workshops® are training opportunities for historical organizations and interested history advocates to gain skills that can be applied in museums, organizations, and personal collections.

Michiganders on the Road®

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Join us as we visit our Great Lakes State and other parts of the country on tours designed for history fans. We know Michigan is a fabulous state for culture and history. But we also know there is great history throughout North America. That’s why we developed our Michiganders on the Road® motorcoach tours. You may find other tours out there, but none are going to give you the history-filled adventure that Michiganders on the Road provides.

K-12 Education

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We aim to provide an enriching educational experience for all of Michigan's students by hosting two statewide K-12 initiatives: Michigan History Day® and Michigan History for Kids. Michigan History Day, or National History Day in Michigan, is a yearlong academic competition that encourages students to research a historical topic of interest and present it in an academic format at regional, state, and national competitions. Michigan History for Kids is a curriculum set geared toward students in 3rd and 4th grades and teaches Michigan's history.

History Near You

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The Historical Society of Michigan facilitates connections between historical societies and organizations throughout the state with individuals and groups interested in engaging more with history. We have a large group of member organizations all tuned in to their local history and areas of interest—there is something for everyone! In addition to organizations, we also have a curated list of business members connected with Michigan's history in various ways. Explore the historical entities near you today.

Resources

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We are proud to collaborate with organizations that work hard to preserve, protect, and promote the history of Michigan. The links on our Resources page will connect you with museums, organizations, archives, and associations that focus on Michigan.

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