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Your Impact at HSM

From education programming to publications, see how your supports aids our mission.

Our State, Our Stories, Your Impact

HSM Annual Report 2023

Donors like you are the driving force behind the programs and services that HSM provides. Each year, we prepare an annual report, called the Update, to share stories and summaries about how donors, members, participants, and others advance Michigan history education across our state. This link will give you access to the entire Update and the complete list of donors who gave to HSM between July 1, 2022, and June 30, 2023.

Explore some of our highlights from the programs and people you helped to support during the last year below. Thank you for helping HSM provide for future generations!

Your impact for the Historical Society of Michigan's mission included...

Supporting Children's Education

Thanks to your support, nearly 3,000 students across Michigan had the opportunity to explore historical figures and topics through Michigan History Day.  

Carl Lowe, a teacher at Adams Middle School in Wayne-Westland, encourages his students to select topics from Michigan for their projects. Eighteen of Carl’s student projects advanced to the State Finals hosted by Central Michigan University, and most of those projects had a strong connection to Michigan. Brianna Perry, one of Carl’s students, researched Sophia Bethena Jones to create her documentary. Bethena Jones was the first Black woman to graduate from the University of Michigan Medical School. Brianna’s documentary finished in the top 30 in the nation at the National Finals.

Michigan History Day Student Brianna Perry
Women standing at an exhibit at a conference

Bolstering HSM's Conferences

HSM’s three conferences took place in person this past year, after a nearly four-year hiatus! Many of you were able to join us in Albion, Novi, or Iron Mountain for these events celebrating the history of the Great Lakes State.

Your generosity supports the formation of lifelong history friendships. Dick Humphreys of Saginaw and Bud Huysken of Livonia met as college fraternity brothers and have remained lifelong friends. One way that they stay connected is by meeting up at HSM’s history conferences. They may have met decades ago at Alma College, but they continue to support and keep up with each other, and their shared love of Michigan history gives them a great reason to enjoy HSM conferences together.

Sharing Michigan's Stories

You are the driving force behind HSM’s three publications: Michigan History, Chronicle, and The Michigan Historical Review. Thanks to your support, 569 full-color pages of stories and images from across the state made it to readers’ hands in the past year. Thank you!

HSM's Editorial Team
HSM's Legacy Circle Logo

Thank you for your support. Will you consider providing for future generations? 

Our Legacy Circle was established in 2013 to recognize people who have included the Historical Society of Michigan (HSM) in their wills, living trusts, and other estate-planning vehicles. We are grateful for gifts of all sizes—it is for everyone who values history. Even a small gift can make a big difference.

Explore how your legacy can live on and protect the Historical Society of Michigan's future today. 


Reach out to our development team today at or by calling (800) 692-1828.