Historical Society of Michigan

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The Historical Society of Michigan (HSM), the state’s oldest cultural organization, helps to connect Michigan’s past to students, educators, historical organizations and the public through education programs, conferences, publications, awards, workshops, referral services, networking opportunities, and support for local history organizations.

Established in 1828, the Historical Society of Michigan is a member supported educational 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. It receives no support for operations from any level of government.

HSM is not collection based and does not operate the state museum or archives housed at the Michigan Historical Center in downtown Lansing.  The Center is a part of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.


HSM seeks to:

  • Foster in citizens a deeper understanding of and appreciation for all Michigan history through programs and publications.
  • Stimulate and encourage citizens in the collection, preservation, interpretation and publication of Michigan history through conferences, publications, awards, educational programs, consulting services and related historical activities.
  • Coordinate and further the program of local historical societies and local historians by functioning as a statewide service organization and communication network.
  • Cooperate with appropriate individuals on a local, state and national level and/or with organizations and institutions in projects and activities that will promote and sustain interest in history.
  • Enhance public support for the preservation and protection of Michigan history.