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As a non-governmental nonprofit, the Historical Society of Michigan depends on gifts from individuals like you to fund the work of preserving and presenting the rich, colorful history of our state. 

Help us share Michigan’s history

We rely on friends, members, and donors to support an ever-increasing amount of Michigan history programming.

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. We are proud to be designated by the state Legislature as the state’s official historical society, however that role does not come with annual appropriations in the state budget.

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Thank you for supporting our nonprofit and our mission to further Michigan's history!

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Your Donation Helps Support...

  • The popular Michigan History and Chronicle magazines, as well as The Michigan Historical Review academic journal. 
  • Our year-long Michigan History Day® academic competition—National History Day in Michigan—which caters to thousands of students in grades 4 through 12 all over Michigan. 
  • HSM's three annual conferences throughout the state
  • Support for local historians and history organizations through History Skills Workshops® and Michigan History Alliance® networking meetings
  • Our history recognition programs, such as Michigan Heritage Home,  Michigan Centennial Farms, the Michigan Milestone Awards, and our history awards.

Donate to the Historical Society of Michigan today and help support our programming, publications, staff, and more. 

We thank you for your support!

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