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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.

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The 65th Annual Michigan in Perspective: Local History Conference - March 24-25, 2023

Suburban Collection Showplace - Novi, Michigan

Our largest conference, this event weekend hosts hundreds of attendees, speakers, sponsors, vendors, and more each year. Join us in Novi at the Suburban Collection Showplace this March 24-25, 2023, to explore topics centered on Southeast Michigan and its surrounding areas. The conference weekend includes banquets, keynotes, content sessions, a robust exhibit hall filled with vendors, and more! Register today.

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Nominations Now Open for 2023 U.P. History Awards

Do you know an individual or historical organization that has done marvelous things to preserve and promote the history of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula? Each year, the Historical Society of Michigan presents two awards at the Upper Peninsula History Conference: the Charles Follo Award for individuals and the Superior Award for historical organizations based in the Upper Peninsula. Nominate an individual or organization you know for a U.P. History Award today!

Announcing the Recipients of the 2023 Michigan History Alliance Grant Program

The Historical Society of Michigan (HSM) has announced the recipients of its first annual Michigan History Alliance® Grants. HSM awarded grants totaling $25,080 to 14 of its member organizations throughout Michigan. The Michigan History Alliance (MHA) Grant Program is intended to provide funding for small- to medium-size history organizations in Michigan through a straightforward application and reporting process. HSM invited its member organizations with annual operating budgets under $250,000 to submit proposals for a maximum grant amount of $2,500. The Society received 82 applications for nearly $176,000—demonstrating the need for a grant program for this sector of Michigan’s cultural community.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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