Michigan History Magazine

Michigan History Magazine Published since 1917, Michigan History is about-and a part of-Michigan's fascinating past. Every issue tells the exciting stories of Michigan people and their impact on their communities, nation and world.
The non-profit Historical Society of Michigan, 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.
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Michigan History magazine was first published in 1917 as a journal and evolved into its current magazine format in 1978. The publication is part of the non-profit Historical Society of Michigan, the state's oldest cultural organization. To learn more about the Society, visit www.hsmichigan.org. Is there a story that you would like to see published in Michigan History? Send your idea to [email protected]. All subscription inquiries can be directed to [email protected].

Our "Knowing Michigan" section in the latest issue of Michigan History focused on Michigan festivals, both large and sma...
05/09/2020

Our "Knowing Michigan" section in the latest issue of Michigan History focused on Michigan festivals, both large and small. Can you guess which festival and town are represented below? This might look like ketchup, but it's actually food for Michigan's youngest residents...

Knowing Michigan highlights different aspects of Michigan in a fun guessing game in our magazine. Learn more about Michigan History at http://hsmichigan.org/publications/michiganhistory/

Our "Knowing Michigan" section in the latest issue of Michigan History focused on Michigan festivals, both large and sma...
05/06/2020

Our "Knowing Michigan" section in the latest issue of Michigan History focused on Michigan festivals, both large and small. Can you guess which festival and town are represented below? We're starting with an easy one!

Knowing Michigan highlights different aspects of Michigan in a fun guessing game in our magazine. Learn more about Michigan History at http://hsmichigan.org/publications/michiganhistory/

04/30/2020
Historical Society of Michigan

Join the Historical Society of Michigan for a new live video segment, "Michigan History Story Time!" They'll be hosting 2 videos a week, Mondays and Thursdays at 2:30pm, where they'll be reading one article from Michigan History magazine for all of us to enjoy. Today's video was from our September/October 2019 issue, "The Lake Shore Gang Hits Richland!"

Like what you read? Get more of Michigan's history with our magazine—now on SALE! http://hsmichigan.org/publications/michiganhistory/stay-home/

Welcome to Michigan History Story Time! Join us to learn more about the notorious Lake Shore Gang and their explosive robbery of a Richland bank in the late 1800s.

Learn more about Michigan History magazine at https://hsmichigan.org/publications/michiganhistory/.

Psst... Did you hear about our sale? Give a new subscription to Michigan History for almost 50% off the cover price! Mot...
04/30/2020

Psst... Did you hear about our sale?

Give a new subscription to Michigan History for almost 50% off the cover price! Mother's Day is coming up, and Michigan's history is ready to be shared with your loved ones—especially during this time when we all wish we could connect with our families in person.

Give the gift of Michigan History today: http://hsmichigan.org/publications/michiganhistory/stay-home/

Do you remember George Pierrot and his World Adventure Series?For those of us who did not grow up with Pierrot's iconic ...
04/29/2020

Do you remember George Pierrot and his World Adventure Series?

For those of us who did not grow up with Pierrot's iconic show, author Michael Landry set the scene in the latest issue of Michigan History magazine: "A rotund, half-asleep elderly man looks into a television camera and growls, 'we'll be right back after this word from sponsors.' The image may not seem glamorous to some, but to Detroit viewers of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, George Pierrot and his travelogue shows were a television institution. Saying little—allowing his guests and their travel films to shine—there was more to Pierrot than his gruff grandpa facade." Pierrot's memorable show included guests from around the world, and Pierrot was a world traveler himself, so Michigan's window to the world was widened with each new installment of the World Adventure Series.

Get the full scoop in our May/June issue of Michigan History, now on sale for a limited time! Learn more at http://hsmichigan.org/publications/michiganhistory/stay-home/

Looking for new reading material? Don't forget about Michigan History! Right now, we're running a sale for new subscript...
04/28/2020

Looking for new reading material? Don't forget about Michigan History! Right now, we're running a sale for new subscriptions for you and your loved ones—give the gift of Michigan's history today for almost 50% off the cover price.

This deal won't last long! Grab yours today at http://hsmichigan.org/publications/michiganhistory/stay-home/

We hear pipes off in the distance... Can you feel the Mackinac Island breeze? Our latest issue of Michigan History is ou...
04/28/2020

We hear pipes off in the distance... Can you feel the Mackinac Island breeze?

Our latest issue of Michigan History is out now, and we can't wait to "reenact" some of the greatest hits! This issue's cover story highlights the longstanding history of Mackinac Island State Park and its various endeavors and accomplishments since 1895. In addition to the tales of Mackinac, we're taking a deep dive into the Great Lakes Fishery, settling in with George Pierrot to experience his World Adventure Series, learning more about our own nutrition with Dr. Mary E Green, possibly ignoring that nutritional advice with a tasty detour through the U.P.'s potato industry, getting our hearts pumping with the exciting tale of the 1980 Republican Convention, and finally taking a much-needed rest with a star-gazing session under the ancient constellations of the Potawatomi tribe.

If any of the above sounds like something you'd like to explore, you won't want to miss this issue! Get your subscription to Michigan History today—on SALE—for almost 50% off the cover price: http://hsmichigan.org/publications/michiganhistory/stay-home/

Happy Shakespeare Day! The bard was likely born on this day in 1564, and he died on the same day in 1616.Did you know th...
04/23/2020

Happy Shakespeare Day! The bard was likely born on this day in 1564, and he died on the same day in 1616.

Did you know that Shakespeare himself never spelled his name in the iconic signature that we know of today? We spell it "Shakespeare" because that was the spelling used in the original First Folio published in 1623, but that was never something the bard did himself. In his own writings, his name was spelled in the following ways: Willm Shackper, Shakspear, Wm Shakspea, William Shackspere, Wllm. Shakspere, and Shakspear.

Michigan's connection to Shakespeare might not date back to the days of the bard's lifetime, but we have several theater groups paying homage to his legacy throughout the state, including the Michigan Shakespeare Festival in Jackson: https://www.michiganshakespearefestival.com/.

04/23/2020
Stay Home Michigan History Sale - Historical Society of Michigan

Extra, extra, read all about it! We're having a Michigan History magazine sale! Get a new subscription for you or a friend today for only $19.95 and give yourself some new reading material during these difficult times.

This sale is for a limited time only, so make sure to grab yours before it's too late! Learn more at http://hsmichigan.org/publications/michiganhistory/stay-home/

While we are stuck at home due to COVID-19, many of us are looking for something new to do, read, or experience. We thought you might enjoy Michigan History magazine at a very special price!* Since 1917, Michigan History magazine has shared the Great Lakes State’s diverse history through feature a...

Congratulations to Jerry Fikkert, the 3rd place winner of our 2019 Michigan History Photo Contest! Have you ever seen th...
04/15/2020

Congratulations to Jerry Fikkert, the 3rd place winner of our 2019 Michigan History Photo Contest! Have you ever seen the sun's rays through the blades of the De Zwann windmill? What a beautiful shot.

Missed out on this issue? Grab a copy today at http://hsmichigan.org/publications/michiganhistory/

Congratulations to our second-place photo contest winner, Chris Lucas! This beautiful photo of the Old Mackinac Point Li...
04/08/2020

Congratulations to our second-place photo contest winner, Chris Lucas! This beautiful photo of the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse at the crest of daybreak is a beautiful example of Michigan's enduring beauty.

Have you visited this lighthouse?

Learn more about this issue at http://hsmichigan.org/publications/michiganhistory/read/

Rest in peace, Mr. Tiger—today marks the passing of legendary Michigan Tiger Al Kaline, who passed away at the age of 85...
04/06/2020

Rest in peace, Mr. Tiger—today marks the passing of legendary Michigan Tiger Al Kaline, who passed away at the age of 85.

We were proud to feature Al Kaline's enduring legacy in a recent Michigan History article surrounding the historic 1968 World Series. Al Kaline spent 22 seasons with the Tigers, and played in more games and hit more homers than anyone else in club history. A Michigan icon and legend, Kaline's enduring legacy will live on in our hearts and history.

"Colporteur" is not a familiar term for most people. Do you know the term and its history in Michigan?While some claim t...
03/31/2020

"Colporteur" is not a familiar term for most people. Do you know the term and its history in Michigan?

While some claim the term came from French (col = neck, porter = baggage carrier) and others claim it came from Latin (collum = neck, portare = carry), over time the word has come to refer to people who sold or distributed religious literature since many of those vendors carried their wares in baskets, bags, or cases suspended by straps worn about the neck. The activity reportedly started in Europe in the 1500s, but by the 1800s the practice had begun in Michigan through such religious organizations as the American Bible Society, the American Tract Society, and the Western Seamen's Friend Society. Colporteurs were never a large number of the population, but their oftentimes perilous and hardy adventures throughout the Michigan landscape were memorable for their quest to spread the text throughout the state.

Want to learn more? Get the full scoop in Michigan History magazine: http://hsmichigan.org/publications/michiganhistory/read/

Baseball season is impacted this year due to COVID-19, but that doesn't stop us from remembering past years of America's...
03/30/2020

Baseball season is impacted this year due to COVID-19, but that doesn't stop us from remembering past years of America's past time!

Did you ever see the Tigers play in Briggs Stadium? Share with us your favorite moments, we'd love to hear them!

We featured Briggs Stadium, in a way, in our September/October 2018 issue with our cover story "Hear the ROAR in '68: The Detroit Tigers' Tale." What a historic season, and what a great team.

Learn more about Michigan history with our magazine: http://hsmichigan.org/publications/michiganhistory/

Staying home? The Historical Society of Michigan has opened up access to its Michigan History for Kids website—filled wi...
03/26/2020

Staying home? The Historical Society of Michigan has opened up access to its Michigan History for Kids website—filled with educational materials, games, history, and more—for FREE from now until June 30.

Michigan History for Kids is aimed at children in third and fourth grades, but anyone at any age will find the content interesting and informative! HSM is happy to share this service to its members and friends while we all cope with the COVID-19 crisis.

To access, visit http://michigankids.org/ and log in with: Username: MHK
Password: 1234

Since many of us are finding ourselves with extra time at home, we thought we'd feature some of the newly-released Michi...
03/25/2020

Since many of us are finding ourselves with extra time at home, we thought we'd feature some of the newly-released Michigan history titles highlighted in our latest issue!

Michigan’s Thumb, A Paradise for Saxonia Settlers details the trials and triumphs of the brave men and women who emigrated from Saxony, Germany, to Michigan’s Thumb in 1873. The book documents the settlers’ decision to leave Germany, the warning they were given about “Siberian-like” Michigan from the Prussian government, their first failed settlement in the Upper Peninsula, and much more. Author Utz H. Schmidt uses copious illustrations, photographs, and newspaper clippings to assist in retelling the story of the Saxonia settlers and how they made the Thumb their paradise.

We always highlight interesting Michigan history nonfiction titles in our book section, "Good Reads." Learn more about our magazine at http://hsmichigan.org/publications/michiganhistory/

Since many of us are finding ourselves with extra time at home, we thought we'd feature some of the newly-released Michi...
03/23/2020

Since many of us are finding ourselves with extra time at home, we thought we'd feature some of the newly-released Michigan history titles highlighted in our latest issue!

Author Kim Crawford provides a glimpse into the lives of the men in the 16th Michigan Infantry in her latest work, The 16th Michigan Infantry in the Civil War. Mustered into the Civil War in 1861, the 16th Michigan was composed of volunteers from all over the state. The book tells their stories through personal and military documents relating to their experiences in camp, in battle, and through the war's end, along with their role at Gettysburg. Also accompanied by detailed notes and the infantry's roster, this book is a perfect guide for anyone interested in the state's Civil War regiments.

We always highlight interesting Michigan history nonfiction titles in our book section, "Good Reads." Learn more about our magazine at http://hsmichigan.org/publications/michiganhistory/

Since many of us are finding ourselves with extra time at home, we thought we'd feature some of the newly-released Michi...
03/20/2020

Since many of us are finding ourselves with extra time at home, we thought we'd feature some of the newly-released Michigan history titles highlighted in our latest issue!

Pardonable Matricide is the perfect read for the true crime fan—and for those interested in some of the more salacious facts regarding Michigan's history. This new novel by author Tobin T. Buhk recounts the little-known story of the 1889 murder of Mary Latimer and the efforts of Jackson, Michigan, police captain Jack Boyle as he searched for her killer. Ultimately, Boyle's investigation led him to the deceased woman's own son—Robert Irving Latimer. Despite devising the perfect alibi, Latimer was put on trial and found guilty for the death of his mother—a verdict decided by the jury in just 20 minutes. With dialogue taken directly out of trial transcripts and newspaper accounts, author Tobin T. Buhk traces Latimer's life before, during, and after prison.

We always highlight interesting Michigan history nonfiction titles in our book section, "Good Reads." Learn more about our magazine at http://hsmichigan.org/publications/michiganhistory/

It's officially springtime! Do you have a favorite part of the season? While many of us are struggling to find notes of ...
03/19/2020

It's officially springtime! Do you have a favorite part of the season?

While many of us are struggling to find notes of positivity among the news—especially as Tulip Time is closed for the first time in its history, which is a particular blow for us Michiganders—it's important to remember that the seasons change and Michigan's landscape is about to come into bloom once more. We hope all of you are staying well and we can't wait to share more of Michigan's history with you through our remote-attendance workshops, History Hounds lectures, magazines, and more!

Want to be in the know? Join our e-mail list to receive the latest news about our magazines and programs: http://hsmichigan.org/email-signup/

It is with sadness that we share the passing of Alfred Worden, one of Michigan's own who contributed to space exploratio...
03/18/2020

It is with sadness that we share the passing of Alfred Worden, one of Michigan's own who contributed to space exploration.

In the September/October 2019 issue of our magazine, we featured Worden in our "50 Years Since Apollo: Michigan's Contributions to Space Exploration" cover story. Worden was born in Jackson, Michigan, in 1932 to a farming family. After attending the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Worden returned to Michigan to study aeronautical engineering and instrumentation engineering at the University of Michigan in the 1960s. Show below, Worden (center) cemented his place in U.S. history by being one of the three crewmen on the Apollo 15 mission in 1971. While that mission ended in controversy due to the discovery of unauthorized postal covers, Worden's tribute to Michigan lives on in his enduring legacy as one of our "final frontier" Michiganders.

Our thoughts go to his family during this time. Rest in peace, Mr. Worden.

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Did you know that St. Patrick was originally associated with the color blue? Blue was featured ...
03/17/2020
5 things to know about the history of St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Did you know that St. Patrick was originally associated with the color blue?

Blue was featured on Irish flags and at court, but the color green became associated with the holiday during the Irish Rebellion in 1798. The Irish wore green and the British wore red and the rest, they say, is history!

We know today is a much more somber day given the closures of many St. Patrick's Day festivities throughout the state due to the health crisis in the country, but hopefully these happy facts about the history of the holiday bring some green cheer to your heart!

At home this week? Keep boredom away with Michigan History magazine: http://hsmichigan.org/publications/michiganhistory/

Everyone knows on St. Patrick’s Day we wear green, decorate with shamrocks and eat corned beef and cabbage. But how much do you know about the

Happy National Women's History Month! Do you know the history of Michigan State University's earliest female students? W...
03/06/2020

Happy National Women's History Month! Do you know the history of Michigan State University's earliest female students?

Women have been students of MSU—then known as the Michigan Agricultural College—since 1870, when 10 women wanted to continue their education following the closing of the Michigan Female College in Lansing. This shift to the Michigan Agricultural College was the start of female students at Michigan's earliest land-grant university. Over the years, the female population of the school grew, experienced discrimination and hardship over suffrage, and eventually came to be a significant portion of the student population. Today, MSU is 51.9% female with a total student population of 50,351.

This photo accompanies the article "Women on the March" in our March/April 2020 issue. Get your copy today at http://hsmichigan.org/publications/michiganhistory/

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Michigan History Magazine

Published since 1917, Michigan History is about—and a part of—Michigan's fascinating past. Every issue tells the exciting stories of all of Michigan’s peoples and their impact on their communities, nation and world. The magazine covers a variety of history topics ranging from military history to historical Native American recipes and everything in between. It is published by the Historical Society of Michigan.

The Historical Society of Michigan, 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. It is a 501(c) nonprofit.

To learn more about Michigan History or the Historical Society of Michigan, visit www.hsmichigan.org.

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