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 lesson 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

Wednesday, October 3, 2018: MHD 101
Marquette Regional History Center, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Michigan History Day (MHD), or National History Day in Michigan, is a free, project based learning program where students in grades 4 through 12 explore historical issues, people, ideas, and events through historical research. Teachers of public, private, charter, and home schools are invited to learn about this free educational program that will engage students and challenge them to think deeper and develop skills for the current school year and beyond.
Register at:
Cost: $5, 6 SCECH
For more information, contact Amy Bradfield at or (517) 324-1828

Thursday, October 25, 2018: Creating Context for Teaching Night
Lansing Community College West Campus, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
This learning opportunity explores materials and instructional strategies available in Echoes & Reflections to support effective teaching of the memoir, as well as provides additional background to integrate into instruction.
Register at:
Cost: $25, 6 SCECH
For more information, contact Carolyn Dembowski at or (517) 483-1414.

Friday, October 26, 2018: Jewish Refugees & the Holocaust: Connecting the Past With Today
Lansing Community College West Campus, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
As the world struggles with the largest refugee crisis since WWII, Echoes & Reflections’ content can help examine the barriers to immigration and the unwillingness of the free world to accept refugees during the Holocaust. This timely learning opportunity supports educators to make meaningful connections with their students to similar issues affecting people and nations today.
Register at:
Cost: $25, 5 SCECH
For more information, contact Carolyn Dembowski at or (517) 483-1414.

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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