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In addition to all of our Historical Society of Michigan-hosted events, our online calendar is open for rolling submissions to all of our member local historical organizations and entities throughout Michigan. You must be logged in to our website in order to submit an event. For details or assistance in submitting an event for consideration to our online calendar, please email us at hsm@hsmichigan.org

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Augustus Herring: Michigan's Pioneer Aviator

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Virtual

Was he the “first to fly?” In 1898, five years before the Wright Brothers’ first flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Augustus Herring flew a powered aircraft on Silver Beach in St. Joseph, Michigan. Could he claim to be the first airplane pilot? Join us to learn about this pioneering, controversial aviator and his flight along the Lake Michigan shore.

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A Night at the Theater: 10 Questions for Henry Ford

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Virtual

Henry Ford forever changed the world’s industrial landscape—but his life was not without controversy. In this presentation, the speaker will show excerpts from his documentary art film, 10 Questions for Henry Ford, which draws on newspaper interviews, archival film, oral histories, and Ford’s personal notebooks to contrast the popular Ford myth with a far more complicated reality.

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The Power of the Pelt: Fur Trading in the Grand River Valley

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Virtual

In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries—an era fraught with colonial political challenges—trade was an important avenue for negotiating power. This presentation will focus on two Western Michigan fur traders who lived along the Grand River and their economic relationship with the Odawa in the area. By taking a closer look at trade and how it was handled, we can get a glimpse into how Native groups may have used such exchanges for their own benefit.

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Keeping Cemeteries Alive: Preserving Headstones and Monuments

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Virtual

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop was originally scheduled for Friday, November 18th, 2022.

The speakers will discuss cemetery preservation and maintenance, as well as how to safely clean markers and monuments.

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