Educational Resources

Michigan History Day: This educational program offers a fascinating opportunity to move social science beyond rote learning. Students perform self-directed research on an individually chosen topic. They then present their work through the allied disciplines of art, literature, music, drama, and visual communications, in addition to writing. The projects grow; participants are encouraged to expand and improve their work between each stage of the competition. Learn more about Michigan History Day

Ancestors, Archaeology, and the Anishinabek: Bridging the Past Into the Future
Representatives from 10 sovereign Native-American nations in Michigan, five State of Michigan agencies, two universities, and three private organizations collaborated to develop two short curriculum units, one for 3rd grade and one for 5th grade. Information from two archaeological sites excavated by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) in 2011 and 2012 in advance of the construction of the M-231 bridge over the Grand River was used to develop the new lesson plans to put the archaeology in context for grade school students.

The archaeological sites are brought to life by interpreting them through the cultural, historical, environmental, and indigenous knowledge of the Anishinabek people (Odawa, Ojibwe, and Potawatomi), also known as The Three Fires, whose ancestors created the sites. The lesson plans address misconceptions, stereotypes, and preconceived notions about Native-American history and culture that characterize many of the materials currently available to teachers. The┬álesson plans are now available on MDOT’s website at and are ready for use by teachers in public, tribal, private, parochial, or home school settings.

Training Opportunities

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Other Resources

Michigan Historical Review Student Essay Prize: The Review will accept papers written by senior-level and graduate students relating to Michigan’s political, economic, social, and cultural history. It also welcomes essays on American, Canadian, and Midwestern history that directly or indirectly explore important themes related to Michigan’s past. Visit Central Michigan University for more information.

Michigan’s History Calendar: A day-by-day look at historic events in Michigan for each month.

We are currently updating our Michigan History Calendar pages. As the pages are updated, they will be re-posted below. Please check back often to see the updated list.

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