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.
- 1st Michigan Colored Infantry Civil War Soldiers Remembered (April 2013)
- Michigan Remembers Gettysburg (June 2013)
- Monterey Pass Marker Dedication (July 2013)
- Michigan at Chickamauga (September 2013)
- Michigan Remembers Gettysburg - a report (November 2013)
The Michigan Historical Commission's Civil War Sesquicentennial Work Plan covers grassroots involvement, events and projects, education, heritage tourism, marketing and funding.
- Read the fall 2012 update of the Civil War Sesquicentennial Work Plan, first approved on November 19, 2009, by the Michigan Historical Commission. [PDF, 20 pp.]
- Read the October 2013 report of the Michigan CWSC Accomplishments & Participation since 2007.
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.
- Michigan and the Civil War: A Great and Bloody Sacrifice
by Jack Dempsey
Glory, Valor & Sacrifice Michigan Sites Significant to the Civil War
by David Ingall and Karin Risko
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 PatrickM@michigan.gov.