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The Historical Society of Michigan's Historic Michigan Maps.

The first "Historic Michigan" map published by the Historical Society of Michigan (HSM) had its inception at a school studies conference at Higgins Lake in 1947. Dr. Alfred Whittaker (1894-1982), a well-known Detroit physician who also served on the Society's Board of Trustees, suggested that HSM "draw and publish an illustrated, colored, historical map" that would share some of our state's heritage in an attractive and graphically interesting way. The Society formed a committee to work on the project, and Mr. Frank Barcus was engaged to do the drawing. The map was ultimately published and copyrighted in 1952, some five years after the idea was first put forward. We are happy to be able to share this beautifully drawn historic map from our archives, featuring an updated version of our seal.

HSM also published a second, follow-up "Historic Michigan" map in 1963. We look forward to sharing it with our HSM members in our companion magazine, Chronicle. For more information, visit

Upcoming History Skills Workshops

May 18:   Grades, GLCEs, and the Good Old
          Days: Becoming an Extension of
          the Classroom
June 1:   The Fabric of History: Caring for
          Historic Textiles
June 15:  Exhibits on a Shoestring

Answers to "Knowing Michigan" on page 55:

1) Alpine dog violet, Alpine violet, American dog violet, dog violet, or Labrador violet (Viola labradorica). 2) White trillium, large-flowered trillium, great white trillium, or white wake-robin (Trillium grandiflorum). 3) Trout lily, yellow trout lily, or yellow dogtooth violet (Erythronium americanum). 4) Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta). 5) Pink lady's slipper, stemless lady's slipper, or moccasin flower (Cypripedium acaule). 6) Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis). 7) Ghost plant, ghost pipe, Indian pipe, or corpse plant (Monotropa uniflora). 8) Impatiens, jewelweed, touch-me-not, or snapweed (Impatiens capensis). 9) Dwarf Lake Iris (Iris lacustris).

Upcoming History Hounds Lectures

May 9:    Invading Russia: The Polar
          Bear Expedition
June 13:  Under the Waves: Remembering
          the Rockaway
July 11:  Semper Fi: A Michigan Marine's
          Journey From Detroit to Tokyo Bay

Keeping History at Your Fingertips

The Historical Society of Michigan, publisher of Michigan History magazine, has told the stories of the Great Lakes State since 1828. You can learn more about the Society's efforts to keep Michigan history-related activities going and growing by visiting


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Title Annotation:HSM NEWS
Publication:Michigan History Magazine
Date:May 1, 2018
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