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Michigan History Conference

Our fall conference explores Michigan’s history and offers a close look at the heritage of the host area.

A statewide look at Michigan's history

148th Annual Meeting and Michigan History Conference
Albion, Michigan - September 23-25, 2022

We're highlighting the history of Albion and its surrounding areas for our fall conference! Join the Historical Society of Michigan and other attendees for our return to in-person conferences. This weekend event includes show-stopping keynote presentations, exciting content sessions, one-of-a-kind tours, educational workshops, catered dining, a robust exhibit hall, and so much more. 

The 2022 Michigan History Conference Booklet Cover

Explore The Content

From keynotes and content sessions to local tours and open houses, the Michigan History Conference is a one-of-a-kind weekend experience. Join the Historical Society of Michigan and learn more about Albion, Michigan, and the surrounding area's history. This year's content includes...

Observatory Tour

Albion College Walking Tour

Learn about the institution’s past and see the historic buildings still in operation. Tour stops include the college archives; Goodrich Chapel; the Observatory, built in 1883-1884; and more.

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Wild Rice Session

A People’s History of Wild Rice

Anishinaabek found and harvested wild rice throughout the Great Lakes region—and they still live in places where the plant grows. Today, Anishinaabek Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) contributes to the ongoing restoration of the Kalamazoo River.

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Purple Gang Keynote

Violet Violence: The Purple Gang

The Purple Gang, a notorious criminal mob of bootleggers, was known for terrorizing Detroit throughout the Prohibition Era. But the syndicate’s operations extended even beyond the Motor City.

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A group of people pose outside a building next to a lake

Michigan History Conference

This annual event celebrates all aspects of the state's history and offers:

  • Keynotes that cover a wide range of popular topics
  • Breakout sessions, workshops, and tours
  • The President’s Reception and State History Awards Banquet (Learn more)
  • HSM's Annual Meeting—find out what we've been up to
  • Exhibitors and vendors for attendees to visit
  • Networking opportunities

Join us to learn about Michigan's rich, diverse history!

Future Conferences

149th Annual Meeting and Michigan History Conference

September 22–24, 2023
Grayling, MI - Kirtland Community College

Recent Conferences

147th Annual Meeting and Michigan History Conference

September 24–25, 2021
Lansing, MI – Virtual

146th Annual Meeting and Michigan History Conference

October 2–3, 2020
Lansing, MI – Virtual

145th Annual Meeting and Michigan History Conference

September 27-29, 2019
Ludington, MI – West Shore Community College

144th Annual Meeting and Michigan History Conference

September 21-23, 2018
Sturgis, MI – Sturges-Young Auditorium & Civic Center

143rd Annual Meeting and Michigan History Conference

September 22-24, 2017
Holland, MI – Hope College

Michigan History and Chronicle magazine

Get the most out of Michigan's history

If you're considering attending one of our conferences, or are already an attendee, we encourage you to check out our HSM membership program. With significant discounts to all of our conferences and events, the membership is a great way to save and enjoy all of our additional history content. All HSM members receive conference discounts, free access to weekly History Hounds® live lectures and previously recorded lectures, both Michigan History and Chronicle magazines, and more. 


We'd love to help! Reach out to our HSM staff today at or by calling us at (517) 324-1828.