Your impact on Michigan's history
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.
HSM's Legacy Circle
Our Legacy Circle was established in 2013 to recognize people who have included our nonprofit in their wills, living trusts, and other estate-planning vehicles. We are grateful for gifts of all sizes—it is for everyone who values history. Even a small gift can make a big difference to our ability to continue supporting Michigan's history for future generations.
Sponsor Our Programs
The generosity of sponsors helps support our Michigan history programming, including history conferences, Michigan History Day® for students, content in our history magazines, multiple educational programs, as well as special projects. Sponsors receive recognition for enhancing the understanding of our state’s fascinating history. For more information, email Director of Development Kim Loftus (email@example.com) or Director of Major and Planned Gifts Paul Keep (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Historical Society of Michigan offers fulfilling volunteer opportunities related to our yearlong Michigan History Day® academic competition program for students in the 4th through 12th grade. No special training is required to be a volunteer judge at regional or State Finals competitions. The input given to students by judges about their history projects is invaluable and promotes their growth and understanding.
Your Support in 2022
Every year, the Historical Society of Michigan releases its annual report, the HSM Update, that shares new and emerging programs, progress, and more. It is also where the full list of donors is shared.
Get the most out of Michigan's history
Did you know we offer a membership program tailored to families, organizations, and businesses? With a Historical Society of Michigan membership, everyone can receive our programs, publications, and more for the best deals around. Each membership includes our popular Michigan History and Chronicle magazines, weekly access to free History Hounds lectures, discounts on workshops and conferences, and much more.