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Promoting Our State, Our Stories Since 1828

The Historical Society of Michigan connects Michigan's stories to students, educators, historical organizations, and the public.

Promoting Our State, Our Stories Since 1828

The Historical Society of Michigan connects Michigan's stories to students, educators, historical organizations, and the public.

We're Going IN!

Join Michiganders on the Road® for its next motorcoach tour.

We know what you're thinking... Indiana? Really? As Michiganders, we're usually not too keen about visiting our cornfield neighbors below the border. But trust us—this Michiganders on the Road 4-day adventure is going to be one-of-a-kind! (And worth voyaging into Hoosier country.) Join us for the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, the Benjamin Harrison House, an evening at the Beef & Board Dinner Theatre, the Indianapolis Zoo, and the amazing living history experience at Connor Prairie.

Registration for this 4-day tour is now open! Register online.

We're Going IN! The Hidden Histories of Indiana Tour

Discover the unique history of the Upper Peninsula

2023 Upper Peninsula History Conference

The 74th Annual Upper Peninsula History Conference
Iron Mountain - June 23-25, 2023

Each year, the Historical Society of Michigan hosts a conference tailored only to U.P.-based history. Join the Historical Society of Michigan in Iron Mountain this June 23-25! The 2023 event weekend includes keynotes, content sessions, tours, delicious food, unique history topics, and more. Explore all of the content in our conference booklet and save your seat today!

The 2023 Keynotes: 

  • Cass and the Copper Country: The 1820 Expedition
  • The Lost Whalebacks: Barge 129 and Sagamore
  • Hounds in History: Yooper Dogs at Work and Play

Register for the conference today!

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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 on Zoom and discover more of Michigan's history! This program is FREE for all Historical Society of Michigan members and we welcome newcomers. From the Underground Railroad to shipwrecks, our diverse offering of lectures are a popular event for our members and community. You can find a schedule of upcoming topics and speakers on our History Hounds program page by clicking the button below. 

Read All About It

Read more about Michigan's unique past with our HSM Publications with the popular Michigan History magazine; our quarterly membership magazine, Chronicle; and our academic journal, The Michigan Historical Review.

Our website

Welcome! Our website is full of features, pages, and options. If you're new to our organization and/or our website, we encourage you to start with our Getting Started page. It's a lot to take in, and if you're a Historical Society of Michigan (HSM) member, there's even more to process—our site offers exclusive member benefits with member account options. Read Michigan History and Chronicle magazine online with all-new digital access, watch History Hounds® on your own time with our recorded library of lectures, see your registered events, manage your memberships and donations, and more.

Learn more about how you can get started and successfully login today to start accessing all of your member benefits on the new account Dashboard.

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Supporting the Historical Society of Michigan

The Historical Society of Michigan (HSM) is a nongovernmental, nonprofit with a unique Michigan history education mission, and is not part of Michigan’s state government. Although the state Legislature has designated HSM the state’s official historical society, that role does not come with annual appropriations in the state budget. We rely on friends, members, and donors to support an ever-increasing amount of Michigan history programming.

Become An HSM Member

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Get the most out of Michigan's history

With a Historical Society of Michigan (HSM) membership, you can access all that we have to offer as a nonprofit organization. Join our community today and receive:

  • Both Michigan History and Chronicle magazines - including print and online versions
  • Weekly access to live History Hounds® lectures and previous recorded content
  • Discounts on our conferences, workshops, and other programs
  • And more!

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