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Michigan in Perspective: Local History Conference

The largest of HSM's three annual conferences, this event focuses on the history of the metro Detroit area. 

Explore the history of Southeast Michigan

Book signing by Shabazz

The 65th Annual Michigan in Perspective: Local History Conference - March 24-25, 2023

Our largest conference, this event weekend hosts hundreds of attendees, speakers, sponsors, vendors, and more each year. Join us in Novi at the Suburban Collection Showplace this March 24-25, 2023, to explore topics centered on Southeast Michigan and its surrounding areas. The conference weekend includes banquets, keynotes, content sessions, a robust exhibit hall filled with vendors, and more! Registration for this event will open soon. 

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's largest annual conference as a sponsor, exhibitor, or vendor. There are many different types of partnerships available. Please email or call (800) 692-1828 to speak with a member of our team today. 

Women standing at an exhibit at a conference
Picnic in UP during conference Stokes speaking at a conference Shabazz speaking at podium during LHC 2022 Sponsors of the Local History Conference

The 2022 Local History Conference featured...

One-of-a-kind keynote presentations on:

  • Riverfront Reborn: The Renaissance Center and Detroit River
  • Barbara McQuade: Breaking the Glass Ceiling
  • Chuck Stokes' Spotlight: Biggest News Stories of My Career
  • Revolutionary Change: Karen Batchelor and the D.A.R.
  • Engagement and Empowerment: The Urban League of Detroit
  • The Detroit Historical Society: A Century of History

More than 20 breakout sessions on topics including:

  • The Gotham Hotel
  • The Midland Nuclear Plant
  • Stroh's Brewery
  • Indian Boarding Schools
  • Profiles of prominent historical figures
  • And much more!
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.