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Michigan Storytellers, Presenters, and Local Historians

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Are you looking for a program for your museum, historical society, library, or other organization? Many Historical Society of Michigan members have excellent presentations to offer. Below you will find a list of presenters, their programs, and their contact information. Please contact them for more detailed information or to schedule a presentation.

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Michael Deren

Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Affiliation (if any): THE PAST IN PERSON - History and You - Involved!

Program Title: “Great Lakes Schooner Captain 1875”

Type of program (PowerPoint lecture, storytelling, demonstration, etc.): Storytelling

Program Description: “Great Lakes Schooner Captain 1875” takes the audience on a voyage of music and history of the Great Lakes. Using accordion and concertina he shares the songs, stories, history and resources of the Great Lakes region. Topics include geography, transportation, history (beaver, lumber, fishing, iron and copper) and conservation.

Contact information:


            Telephone: (734) 663-9634 (office) (313) 804-0981 (cell)


Program fee:

Program: $450-$675
Workshop: $450-$675
Residency: $900-$1500

Length of Residency if Applicable: One day
Travel Expenses: $30-$50 per hour for travel beyond a 50 mile radius of Ann Arbor, MI. Lodging and meal expenses as needed depending on the venue.

Robert Myers

Location: Lansing, MI

Affiliation (if any): Historical Society of Michigan

Program Title: Of Icebergs and Inquiries: Michiganders on the Titanic”

Type of program (PowerPoint lecture, storytelling, demonstration, etc.): PowerPoint lecture

Program Description:.

When the luxury ocean liner RMS Titanic went down in 1912, many Michiganders tragically lost their lives. Within a week, U.S. Senator William Alden Smith of Grand Rapids convened the U.S. inquiry into the disaster. Join us to learn about the Michigan survivors and victims, as well as Senator Smith's far-reaching quest for answers.


Contact information:


            Telephone: (517) 324-1828 (office) (269) 277-0281 (cell)

Website (if applicable):

Program fee:

In-Person: $150 (within 100 miles of Lansing)

Remote, via Zoom: $125

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