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Michigan History Magazine

Read Michigan's award-winning popular history magazine.

Michigan History Magazine

The cover of the September/October 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 September/October 2022 issue of Michigan History

Feature Articles

  • From the Depths: The Sunken Stories of Spectacle Reef
  • The Column Mother: Nancy Brown
  • Settling the "Crescent": Luxembourgers in the Upper Peninsula
  • Clovis Clues: Uncovering Michigan's Human History
  • Five Guys and a Telescope: Albion College Astronomers
  • Hitsville's Funk Brothers: The Musicians That Made Motown
  • From Lumberman to Local Legend: Grayling's Rasmus Hanson

Special Sections

  • Then & Now: MSU's Beaumont Tower
  • Knowing Michigan: Unusual Landmarks
  • Milestones: Berrien County Youth Fair
  • 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!

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.