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Michigan History Magazine

Read Michigan's award-winning popular history magazine.

Michigan History Magazine

The cover of the November/December 2022 issue of Michigan History

Inside you will find…

  • Feature stories about Michigan's fascinating past
  • Histories of communities, institutions, and businesses
  • Individuals and groups that have left impressions upon our state
  • Sites to explore and Michigan history-related news
  • And so much more!

Michigan History magazine is published six times a year and offered either as an individual subscription or as part of an HSM membership.

For a very limited time, HSM is offering an exclusive gifting promotion to its members, subscribers, and friends. Gift a 1-year subscription to Michigan History magazine today and receive a free admission ticket to one of four premier Michigan historical destinations!

Get your admission ticket for one of these exciting locations: 

  • Colonial Michilimackinac
  • Fort Mackinac
  • Air Zoo Aerospace & Science Center
  • Detroit Historical Museum

This offer will not last long—we have a limited number of admission tickets for each location! To ensure you get the ticket of your choice, we encourage you to take advantage of this sale early while supplies last. Details, exclusions, and more are listed on the subscription sign-up form

Gifting season is here!

Give a Michigan History magazine subcription and get a free ticket to a premiere Michigan history destination!

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Renew easily online and keep the history coming! Access our renewal process below.

While you're here...

We offer digital access to Michigan History magazine here on our website as a benefit of subscribing. Don't miss out on the latest issue—check it out today!

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Inside Our Current Issue

The cover of the November/December 2022 issue of Michigan History

Feature Articles

  • "Stroh's Is Spoken Here": Detroit's Legendary Beer Maker
  • Sandy Shores, Shady Groves, Sparkling Waves: Camp Arcadia
  • The Misleading Mitchell Map: Isle Royale and the Toledo War
  • Under the Cover of Night: Cass County's Kentucky Raid
  • Eber Brock Ward: The Richest Man in Michigan
  • A Michigan Miracle: Soapy Williams and the 1948 Gubernatorial Race
  • Northern Michigan in Watercolor: The Art of Clara Moon

Special Sections

  • Profiles: Lottie Sloman
  • Then & Now: Calumet & Hecla Public Library
  • Knowing Michigan: Apple Orchards & Cider Mills
  • And much more!

Refer a friend to Michigan History

Are you a current subscriber to Michigan History? If so, don't miss out on our loyalty offer! Open to all current subscribers, we have a continuously running referral program. For every individual you refer to our magazine, we'll gift you an extra issue to your current subscription. 

To refer someone, all you will need is to share the name on your subscription account with your friends and family and encourage them to put your name in the referral code area on the general magazine subscription form. We'll take care of the rest!

Invite a friend and get an extra issue for you!
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Calling All Photographers!

Michigan History magazine's popular Back Cover Photo Contest is back and is now accepting photo submissions. If you or someone you know has a passion for photographing our state, check out our Back Cover Photo Contest page for details and submission guidelines. 

Can I purchase back issues?

Yes! We offer single-issues purchases of Michigan History magazine from 2010-present in our online store

If you'd prefer to order over the phone or have questions, give us a call at (517) 324-1828 or email us at hsm@hsmichigan.org

Can I get a single article scanned?

We can provide article scans for issues prior to 2010, but scans may not be posted online or shared. Historical Society of Michigan members receive a limited number of free scans. Scans for nonmembers who are magazine subscribers are $10 per scan. Scans for nonmembers are $20 per article. To inquire about scans, please email us at hsm@hsmichigan.org.

Do you have printable gift cards for gift subscriptions?

Yes! If you've purchased a gift subscription for someone, you can download a printable gift card here

Do you have an option for international subscriptions?

Yes! For all international inquiries, please email us at hsm@hsmichigan.org or call (517) 324-1828. 

I have a subscription. Can I upgrade to an HSM membership?

Yes you can! All Michigan History magazine subscribers can upgrade to an HSM membership and continue to receive Michigan History magazine in addition to the following benefits: 

To upgrade your subscription to a membership, call us at (800) 692-1828

Accessing Michigan History through the Michigan Electronic Library (MeL)

Text-only access to Michigan History articles published since 1998 are available through The Michigan Electronic Library (MeL). This service is for Michigan residents only and requires a driver’s license number. Access MeL copies of Michigan History here.

Chronicle, Michigan History, and The Michigan Historical Review

Get the most out of Michigan's history

There's more to our publications that Michigan History magazine--did you know that we publish Chronicle magazine too? With a Historical Society of Michigan membership, you can receive our popular Michigan History magazine AND our quarterly Chronicle. Plus, you'll receive multiple extra benefits including weekly access to free History Hounds lectures, discounts on workshops and conferences, and much more. 

Questions? 

We'd love to help! Reach out to our general HSM staff at hsm@hsmichigan.org or by calling (517) 324-1828 for subscription-related questions.