Michigan’s Local History Focal Point of Conference

The 53rd annual Michigan in Perspective: The Local History Conference will be held March 25-26, 2011, at the Michigan State University Management Education Center in Troy. The conference is presented by the Historical Society of Michigan, the event’s lead sponsor. Other major sponsors include Meijer, Inc. and the Detroit Historical Society.

Organized by the Michigan in Perspective Planning Committee, the conference will feature several keynote speakers and breakout sessions focused on local history in Michigan. Hank Meijer, co-chairman of Meijer, Inc., will present the opening keynote, Meijer at 77: Growing Up in Michigan. Other keynotes include The Story of Adam and Sarah Crosswhite by Bryan and Shannon Prince; Preserving Ford’s Highland Park Plant by Debbie Schutt, president of Schutt & Co.; and Reinventing Detroit by Detroit Free Press writer John Gallagher.

Breakout sessions will cover topics such as local history, genealogy, women’s history, cultural diversity and industrial history.  They include:

  • Researching Your Civil War Ancestors: Overview of the Steps of Researching and Identifying Your Civil War Ancestors
  • Oral History at the Holocaust Museum
  • Katharine Dexter McCormick: A Transformative Influence
  • The Archives Management Certification Program at Wayne State University
  • Union Suits and Unity Among Women: The Ypsilanti Underwear Factory Story
  • Exhibiting Cultural Diversity Through Wedding Dresses
  • Butter, Bacon & Beans—Sold the Michigan Weigh
  • A Hidden History: Native Americans in Southwest Detroit
  • Late Woodland Burial Mounds and Cemeteries in the Detroit Area
  • The Benefits and Services of the Historical Society of Michigan
  • Haitians in Michigan
  • The Impact of Economic Cycles of the United States on the Mexican and Mexican American Community in Detroit
  • “Picturing Michigan’s Hemingway” by Michael Federspiel
  • “The 4th Michigan Infantry in the Civil War” by Kim Crawford and Marty Bertera
  • “Michigan’s County Courthouses—A Walk Back in Time Through the Public Square” by John Fedynsky
  • Exhibits in Archives: Highlighting Historical Collections
  • Working the Line: Autoworker Archives
  • To Scale: A Legacy of Great Lakes Ship Models
  • A Hanging in Detroit: Stephen Gifford Simmons and the Last Execution Under Michigan Law
  • Female Felons in the 19th Century
  • War of 1812 Bicentennial
  • Civil War Sesquicentennial
  • The Black Descendants of Old Ann Arbor

Open to anyone interested in state or regional history, registration for the two-day event is $35 ($45 after March 16). Meals which feature keynote speakers, including lunch on both days and breakfast on Saturday, are available by reservation on a space-available basis. The luncheons are $20/meal, and the Saturday breakfast is $10/meal. For more information or to register online visit www.hsmichigan.org o call (800) 692-1828.

The conference will close with a Friday evening reception, sponsored by the Detroit Historical Society. Held at the Troy Historical Village, the reception is free for all registered conference attendees, but tickets are required. Tickets can be secured during the conference registration process.