Thematic Programs

Location: Michigan History Museum, Lansing
Program Fee: $5 per student
Minimum Program Fee: $50
Maximum Number of Students: 30

Adult Admission: 1 teacher + 5 other adults enter free; additional adults, $4/each.

For more information, or to schedule a program, please call 517-373‑3559. Please be advised that all programs must be schedule a minimum of three weeks in advance.

Current Programs

An Extended Tour
1.5 - 2 hours

Teachers work with a museum docent to create a tour that fits your curriculum plan. Possibilities include themes as well as time periods ranging from prehistoric Michigan to 1975.

Arsenal of Democracy

Thousands of Michigan residents worked at home and abroad to help win World War II. Students will learn how the people of Michigan—even kids—helped with the war effort in this self-guided program.

Document Decoders: Break into History
90 minutes

Students will explore their hometown in this unique Archives of Michigan program. With the help of archives staff, students will use primary source documents to examine their hometown and its people in 1930. Then, in a group activity, they will solve puzzles to break into a "mystery" box.

90 minutes

Immigration has played an important role in Michigan's history. Students will use real immigration stories to determine why people were leaving their homes to come to Michigan and what they expected once they got here.

Lumbering in Michigan
90 minutes

Students will discover the process and products of Michigan's early logging industry. Students will examine each step, from land-looker to sawmill, and determine how different tools were used for different jobs in one of Michigan's largest and most profitable industries.

Michigan Mining
90 minutes

Mining is a large part of Michigan's heritage. Students will discover why copper and iron have been so important to the people of Michigan and what life and work was like for the people in mine towns. Then, students will assemble a puzzle and decide if the image is a mine town, processing town or shipping town.

Settlement and Statehood
90 minutes

Students will explore the challenges of settlement and statehood through role-playing, interactive activities and primary source documents analysis. Students will play the role of surveyor, settler and citizen of Michigan from territory to statehood.

Voyageurs in Michigan
90 minutes

Students will learn about the life of French voyageurs and the Great Lakes trade system that was already in place when they arrived. Find out which goods were traded and how they were transported through the waterways of the Great Lakes.

Updated 7/19/2017