LANSING - The 56th annual Michigan in Perspective: The Local History Conference will be held March 28-29, in Macomb County at the Best Western Sterling Inn Banquet and Conference Center in Sterling Heights.
The conference is one of the Historical Society of Michigan's four major history conferences.
Organized by the Michigan in Perspective Planning Committee, the conference will feature several keynote speakers and breakout sessions focused on local history in Michigan. Sheila Cockrel from Crossroads Consulting and a former Detroit City Council member will present the opening keynote Detroit Bankruptcy: A City in Transition. Other keynotes include Revisiting "Rosie the Riveter": The New Workers in the Arsenal of Democracy with Charles K. Hyde of Wayne State University; Henry Ford's $5 Day: Too Good to Be True? with John Staudenmaier of the University of Detroit Mercy; and Detroit People Mover with Bill Sproule of Michigan Technological University.
Breakout sessions will cover topics such as local history, communication and arts, and cultural diversity. They include:
- Detroit Sound Conservancy Oral History
- Maritime Trilogy: Submerged History & Heritage in Southeast Michigan
- Michigan's First Prison: The Jackson Prison
- History of and in Detroit's Pubs and Bars
- Defending Freedom: Detroit's Military Airports
- Digital Challenges for the Analog-Minded: Reference, Research, and Accessibility Strategies for Digital Archives
- Origin of U.S. Immigration Controls on the U.S.-Canada Border
- Great Female Artists of Detroit
- Hank Greenberg: Love and Hate in Detroit
- Grant Writing for Local Historical Organizations
- Preserving Our Past: Historic Preservation in Detroit
- New Books in Michigan History: Old Slow Town: Detroit During the Civil War; Beyond Pontiac's Shadow; Michigan: A History of Explorers, Entrepreneurs, and Everyday People
- The Detroit Elders Project
- Civic Detroit: Centennials of Kiwanis International and Junior League of Detroit
- Traveling Through Time: Michigan Historical Markers
- Ethnic Detroit: Arab and Asian Communities
- Researching and Writing a Historical Novel
- Demographics of Detroit: Where Have We Been? Where Are We Going?
- Marketing Tips for Small Museums
- The Underground Railroad: Dispelling Myths and Telling Our Stories in the Detroit River Region
- Respecting Those Who Came Before Us: Why Is Repatriation So Important to Tribal Communities
- Metro Detroit's History of African Americans in Communication & Media Arts
- Women at Work in the Nineteenth Century
Open to anyone interested in state or regional history, registration for the two-day event is only $45 ($55 after March 18). Meals that feature keynote speakers, including lunch on both days and breakfast on Saturday, are available by reservation on a space-available basis. The luncheons are $23 per ticket, and the Saturday breakfast is $17 per ticket. Register online or by calling (800) 692-1828.
The first day of the conference will close with a Friday evening reception at the Sterling Inn. The reception is free for all registered conference attendees, but tickets are required and can be secured during the conference registration process. To see the full conference flyer or to register online, visit www.hsmichigan.org/conferences/local-history-conference.