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Extended Tour and ExplorationsPaid programs at the Michigan Historical Center
Please call us to schedule a program today at 517.272.1359. All programs are $5.00 per student. One teacher and five adults are free, all additional adults pay $4.00 admission. $50 minimum per program. 30 students maximum per program. A minimum three weeks notice is required to book any program.
An Extended Tour
Work with a museum docent to create a tour that fits your curriculum plan. Possibilities include themes as well as time periods ranging from prehistoric Michigan to 1975. Program length of 1.5 to 2 hours.
These GLCE aligned thematic programs explore specific eras of Michigan history with groups of 30 students and are 90 minutes.
Voyageurs in Michigan
Learn about the life of a French voyageur and the Great Lakes fur trade as you help pack a canoe. Find out what goods were traded, how they were packed, how many men traveled in a canoe and how much weight the canoe could carry.
Settlement and Statehood
Explore the challenges of settlement and statehood with the Archives of Michigan staff. Through role-playing, interactive activities and primary source documents, students will play the role of surveyor, settler and citizen of Michigan territory to statehood.
Lumbering in Michigan
Discover the process and products of Michigan’s early logging industry. Students examine each step, from land looker to sawmill, and determine how different tools were used for different jobs in one of Michigan’s largest and most profitable industries.
Students use real stories of immigration to determine why people came to Michigan, what they brought with them, what they left behind and what they expected once they got here.
Dig into Michigan’s mining heritage. Discover what it was like to work in the copper and iron mines of the Upper Peninsula. 1.5 hours in length.
Michigan: Arsenal of Democracy
Thousands of Michigan citizens worked at home and abroad to help win World War II. Through this self-guided tour, learn what the people of Michigan did and why Michigan was called “The Arsenal of Democracy.”
Students will explore the genealogy of their hometown in this unique Archives of Michigan program. With the help of Archives staff, students will use primary source documents to examine their hometown and its people in 1930. They will then use an iPad and Little Bird Tales to create an original hometown scrapbook.
Governor’s Decision RoomRecommended for High School groups
The Governor’s Decision Room is the culmination of several years of research and observation about a new direction in history education. With the help and support of the Truman Presidential Library and Museum, David and Betty Morris Family, Masco Corporation, ITC Holdings, Jackson National Life and the Michigan History Foundation, the Archives of Michigan proudly presents the Governor’s Decision Room Program. Click below for more information.
The Governor’s Decision Room
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The Governor’s Decision Room is now available for scheduling. Please contact Rachel Clark at clarkr[at]michigan.gov to schedule your class or for more information.
Story Circle ProgramsRecommended for ages 2 to 5, 45-minute sessions
This literacy based program to engage our youngest visitors and their families in historic objects and museum settings. During each program, museum staff will read a story to children, teach a hands-on craft or other activity and then give a guided tour of a museum gallery. Each hour session costs $5.00 per participant, chaperones and teachers are free.
Choose from the following thematic story times:
- Go on a color hunt through the museum galleries. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See? by Eric Carle
- Learn about different hats through history. Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boynton
- Investigate berries and jam making. Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
- Investigate transportation and Michigan-made automobiles. Cool Cars by Tony Mitton and Ant Parker
- Discover what life on a farm is like. Click Clack Moo:Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
- Come make music. Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler
- Investigate different hats through history. Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and their Monkey Business by Esphyr Slobodkina
For more information or to schedule a program, please call (517) 241-6852.