A statewide look at Michigan's history
Thank you to all who participated in the 2022 Michigan History Conference! Stay tuned to this space for details on the 2023 event.
Want more conference content? Join us in Novi this March for the 2023 Michigan in Perspective: Local History Conference.
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 content covered during the event at the button below, and stay tuned to this space for details on the 2023 event!
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. Attendees joined the Historical Society of Michigan to learn more about Albion, Michigan, and the surrounding area's history. This year's content included...
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
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
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
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!
149th Annual Meeting and Michigan History Conference
September 22-24, 2023
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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
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.