Skip to main content

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

Stokes speaking at a conference

149th Annual Meeting and Michigan History Conference
Roscommon, Michigan - September 22-24, 2023

Traveling to a new host location in the Lower Peninsula each fall, the Michigan History Conferences explores unique regional history in the form of keynote presentations, content sessions, immersive local tours, educational workshops, exhibits, and more. Attendees return to this event year after year to explore new-to-them local history as our event travels throughout the state. Join us for the 149th Annual Meeting and Michigan History Conference in Roscommon this September 22-24, 2023! Registration for this event will open in mid-2023. 

Calling all Sponsors, Exhibitors, and Michigan Vendors!

Are you a Michigan-based entity with a passion for supporting Michigan's culture or history? Are you a Michigan business looking to reach history enthusiasts and active Michiganders? Join the Historical Society of Michigan as a conference sponsor, exhibitor, or vendor. There are many different types of partnerships available. Please click the Become an Exhibitor link below or call (800) 692-1828 to speak with a member of our team today. 

Women standing at an exhibit at a conference
The 2022 Michigan History Conference Booklet Cover

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

The 2022 conference highlighted the history of Albion and its surrounding areas in a weekend filled with history. The event included show-stopping keynote presentations, exciting content sessions, one-of-a-kind tours, educational workshops, catered dining, a robust exhibit hall, and more. 

Explore The 2022 Content

From keynotes and content sessions to local tours and open houses, the Michigan History Conference is a one-of-a-kind weekend experience. Attendees joined the Historical Society of Michigan to learn more about Albion, Michigan, and the surrounding area's history. The 2022 content included...

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.

Learn More
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.

Learn More
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.

Learn More

Future Conferences

149th Annual Meeting and Michigan History Conference

September 22-24, 2023

Roscommon, MI – Ralph A. MacMullan Center

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.