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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. 

History on every corner

Book signing by Shabazz

Michigan in Perspective: Local History Conference

This annual event hosts hundreds of attendees, speakers, sponsors, vendors, and more each year and includes:

  • Keynotes covering a variety of popular topics
  • Breakout sessions on local and statewide histories
  • A video library of pre-recorded bonus content
  • Exhibitors and vendors to visit
  • Great local food and entertainment

Join us to learn more about the history of Southeast Michigan!

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!

Join Us in 2023 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan

We'll see you in person at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi on March 24-25, 2023. Watch this space for more information later this year!

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2022 Michigan History Conference


Albion, MI

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

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Picnic in UP during conference Stokes speaking at a conference Shabazz speaking at podium during LHC 2022 Sponsors of the Local History Conference
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. 



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