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Michigan History Conference Comes to Ludington

Mason County Historical Society is excited to co-host the 145th Michigan History Conference in conjunction with the Historical Society of Michigan. This years State History Conference will be held in Ludington from September 27 – 29, 2019.

This conference celebrates all aspects of Michigan’s history and offers a close-up look at the heritage of the host area. There are many intriguing sessions and tours planned that will excite history lovers near and far. Enjoy a vast array of tours, workshops, and presenters such as:

  • Open House at Historic White Pine Village
  • Water & Waves tour at the Port of Ludington Maritime Museum
  • Life in Ludington tour at Epworth Assembly
  • History & Heritage Tour – Sandcastle’s Children’s Museum, Ludington Center of the Arts,Veterans Mall, Ludington Public Library
  • Idlewild: A Respite from Racism
  • First Peoples of Ludington
  • Sentinel on the Shore – The Big Sable Point Lighthouse
  • On the Hook: Lake Michigan Fishing Industry
  • The Good Hart Murders
  • Ludington State Park
  • Betty Bloomer Ford
  • Pere Marquette – The Man, The Mission, and The Memorial
  • The Lumber Industry of Manistee and Mason Counties

On behalf of the Mason County Historical Society, Executive Director, Rebecca Berringer comments: “We are excited to host this years conference. Not only is it a great opportunity to be able to showcase the wonderful historical cultural assets that Ludington has to offer, but it also a great way for residents to learn more about local and state history. The work that has been done to preserve the vast history of our area is a true treasure that can be enjoyed by all.”

The State History Awards are also presented during the conference. Each year, the Historical Society of Michigan presents a State History Award to those individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the appreciation and understanding of Michigan history. The State History Award Banquet will take place at Lincoln Hills Golf Club on Friday, September 27th at 6:30 pm. Valerie van Heest of Lafferty van Heest and Associates will be the keynote speaker presenting Preserving the Legacy: The Port of Ludington Maritime Museum. “I look forward to sharing with the HSM members and conference attendees the extraordinary accomplishments that the Mason County Historical Society has made over the last decade to preserve Ludington’s 1934 Coast Guard Station and create a national caliber maritime museum.”

The Historical Society of Michigan is offering a discounted rate of $30 off the full conference or $20 off Saturday only for all Mason County Residents.