Centennial Farm Program

The Michigan Centennial Farm Program recognizes farms that have remained in the same family for 100 years or more and highlights the farm’s contributions to the state. To qualify, a property must be a working farm of 10 or more acres that has been continuously owned by the same family for at least 100 years.

Once a farm is certified through the Michigan Centennial Farm Program, the owners will receive a certificate as well as a display marker for their farm. The official green-and-yellow markers are sponsored by Michigan electrical utility companies to commemorate the dramatic changes electricity brought to farm operation and family life. The family also receives a one-year household membership to the Historical Society of Michigan (HSM). Learn about the benefits of an HSM membership on our membership page.

The Michigan Centennial Farm Program has certified thousands of farms since its inception in 1948 and has been operated by HSM since 2008. The program is made possible by significant support from our lead sponsors, DTE Energy Foundation and Consumers Energy. Their support is what makes it possible for this program to thrive and grow. Select members of the Michigan Electric Cooperative Association (MECA) also provide support for the program.

HSM also offers a Sesquicentennial and Bicentennial Farm Program to recognize certified Michigan Centennial Farms that have been owned by the same family for at least 150 or 200 years, respectively, as well as family name signs that can be added to existing Centennial or Sesquicentennial signs for certified farms.

Please see our Apply/Order page to apply for Centennial, Sesquicentennial, or Bicentennial certification or to order replacement markers.

Centennial Farm families are also eligible for a joint MCFA-HSM membership in the Michigan Centennial Farm Association (MCFA) and HSM.  The MCFA, established in 1955, is an affinity group of farmers who have obtained Centennial and/or Sesquicentennial farm status.

Please note: The processing and receiving of Centennial Farm, Sesquicentennial, family name, and replacement signs are taking longer to process and manufacture at this time.  We appreciate your patience.


Major Program Sponsors
dte  ConsEngy
Also Sponsored By Select Members

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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