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Michigan History Magazine

Read Michigan's award-winning popular history magazine.

Michigan History Magazine

The cover of the May/June 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.

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Michigan History Magazine - Two past issue covers.

Inside Our Current Issue

The cover of the May/June 2022 issue of Michigan History

Feature Articles

  • Steam & Steel: Ephraim Shay and His Locomotive
  • A Futuristic Fair: The Detroit International Expositions of 1889-1892
  • The Women Keepers of Gull Rock
  • Dr. Julius Franks: Athlete and Activist
  • Portraits in Crayon: Snapshots of Michiganders Past
  • “The Milky Way to Health”: Battle Creek’s Sullivan Dairy
  • Livernois Avenue: A Long and Winding Road

Special Sections

  • Profiles: Charline White
  • Facts & Finds: A Horned Armchairs Homecoming
  • Remember the Time: Hitchhiking Hippies: A 1970 Trip to Mackinac Island
  • 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!

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Can I purchase back issues?

Yes! We offer single-issues purchases of previous issues in our 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

Do you have an option for international subscriptions?

Yes! For all international inquiries, please email us at 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

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. 


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