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Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm's Executive Order 2007-52 gives the Michigan Historical Commission responsibility for Michigan's commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The governor's charge included fostering authenticity, fostering inclusion, serving as a national/international liaison and providing information to the public as a clearinghouse.

In the News

All files are in PDF format.

Work Plan

The Michigan Historical Commission's Civil War Sesquicentennial Work Plan covers grassroots involvement, events and projects, education, heritage tourism, marketing and funding.

Official Web Sites

Seeking Michigan's Michigan & the Civil War section is home to a treasure trove of records, photographs, historical information and much more.

The Michigan Civil War Sesquicentennial History Partners, the official partner of the Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee, offers a calendar of Michigan Civil War Sesquicentennial events, news, statewide resources, reports, publications and more.

Since April 2007, Michigan Civil War Blog: Exploring Michigan and the American Civil War has offered updated news, comments and other related links about Michigan Civil War history.

Support the Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee

Proceeds, in full or in part, from the sales of these recent publications support the committee's plans and activities. They are also available at The Museum Store.


The members of the Michigan Historical Commission Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee are:

  • John M. Dempsey, Commissioner
  • Brian James Egen, Commissioner
  • Richard G. Micka, Commissioner
  • Sandra S. Clark, Director, Michigan Historical Center
  • James A. McConnell, Livonia
  • Edward D. Surovell, Ann Arbor
  • Judith L. Tappero, Bloomfield Hills

Michigan CW Sesquicentennial Committee Group

To assist in the implementation of the Work Plan and Executive Order 2007-52, the Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee has formed a partner group, academic review committee and an advisory board. For a list of those individuals and the organizations they represent, see the document Michigan CW Sesquicentennial Committee Group [PDF].

For more information, please telephone (517) 373-1650 or send e-mail to

Contact the Michigan Historical Center.

Updated 12/09/2013

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