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The Historical Society of Michigan's history awards honor individuals, organizations, and more with recognition for their contributions to Michigan's history. 

Nominate for a History Award

Award Winners at the 2018 Michigan History Conference in Sturgis

The Historical Society of Michigan’s awards programs ensure that the people and organizations that preserve and promote Michigan’s rich history receive acclaim for their contributions. Our annual State History Awards recognize people, programs, and publications that have furthered the understanding and appreciation of history throughout the state. The Charles Follo and Superior awards recognize contributions to preserve and promote Upper Peninsula history. In addition, HSM’s executive leadership team bestows the History Hero Award on an individual that has helped further our mission. Explore the categories below to find out how you can help us honor deserving individuals and organizations.

State History Awards

Each year, the Historical Society of Michigan presents State History Awards to individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the appreciation and understanding of Michigan history. The awards are presented at the annual Michigan History Conference. 

Kendall Wingrove presenting an award to Murphy Darden at the 2018 Michigan History Conference

The Upper Peninsula History Awards

Kendall Wingrove presenting a UP History Award to Lindsey Hiltunen

The Historical Society of Michigan presents two awards at its Upper Peninsula History Conference. The Charles Follo Award is presented annually by HSM to the individual who has made the most outstanding contribution to the preservation and promotion of U.P. history. The Superior Award recognizes historical societies, museums, and other historical organizations that have preserved and advanced U.P. history. To nominate for these awards click the button below.

History Hero Award

The Historical Society’s executive leadership team presents the annual History Hero award to a person who, while usually not working directly in the history field, has made significant and lasting the Historical Society of Michigan’s mission and who has given a lifetime of dedication to the preservation and promotion of Michigan’s rich and storied history. 

AWARD - LHC 2021 History Hero

At the Historical Society of Michigan, we are thrilled each year to present awards to outstanding individuals, organizations, and institutions that are out there in our state making a difference in Michigan's history in various ways. There is an extraordinary amount of worthy candidates submitted via public nominations each year—and our awards committee is always hard-pressed to narrow down its final choices. A great problem to have! 

- Larry Wagenaar

Questions? Reach out to our awards team at to speak with someone about our award programs.