Historical Links

Michigan Humanities Council


Michigan Humanities Council is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering intellectual and cultural life in Michigan communities. The Council was founded in 1974 as the state’s affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

In carrying out its mission, the Council encourages and supports, through advocacy, fundraising and community engagement, a variety of activities which bring humanities scholars and the public together to examine culture. Moving forward, the Council will:

•award grants for public humanities and cultural programs;
•conduct public humanities and cultural projects of statewide importance;
•initiate collaborations and partnerships to broaden and strengthen the organizational and institutional  base for the humanities in Michigan; and
•provide the humanities with leadership and a public voice in Michigan.



Association for Great Lakes Maritime History


One of the most prominent umbrella organizations for Maritime Museums and Historical Societies around the Great Lakes region. Visit this web site to find out what is happening in the maritime museum community.



Michigan Maritime Museum


Experience the rich maritime heritage of the Great Lakes at one of Michigan's most distinguished institutions of maritime research, preservation, and education. Open year-round. Groups and schools tours available. Located in South Haven, Michigan, this museum also offers passenger sailing trips, dockside boardings, and charters aboard the replica 19th Century Sloop Friends Good Will, available seasonally.


Bowling Green State University Great Lakes Maritime Database


The Historical Collections of the Great Lakes (HCGL) at Bowling Green State University, is a division of University Libraries. Its purpose is to collect, preserve, and make available to scholars, students, and the public, historical materials documenting the Great Lakes region and connecting waterways. The HCGL's collections include materials related to commercial shipping, shipbuilding, navigation, maritime law, commercial fishing, shipwrecks, yachting, labor history, popular literature, freshwater ecology, recreation, and the history of Great Lakes ports. The online vessel database has over 130,000 images to research and view. Pictured at right is the 1874 Schooner "Michigan."



Mackinac State Historic Parks


Mackinac State Historic Parks is a family of living history museums and nature parks in northern Michigan’s Straits of Mackinac that are operated by the State of Michigan.  Its sites—which are accredited by the American Association of Museums—include Fort Mackinac, Mackinac Island State Park, and Historic Downtown on Mackinac Island, and Michilimackinac State Park, Colonial Michilimackinac, Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park, and Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse in Mackinaw City.  Combined attendance is 1.2 million people each year. The living history sites are open daily from early May to early October. The natural history sites are open year round.



Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Detroit


Since 1921, the Detroit Historical Society has been dedicated to ensuring that the history of the region is preserved so that current and future generations of Detroiters can better understand the people, places and events that helped shape our lives. The Dossin Great Lakes Museum is dedicated to showcasing the story of the Great Lakes, with a special emphasis on Detroit’s role in regional and national maritime history. The exhibits tell more than 300 years of the region’s rich maritime history, from the shipping fleets that rule the waterways to the varied roles that the Great Lakes and the Detroit River have played in our region’s industrial and social history.