Thematic Programs

Rosie the Riveter with school children


The Michigan History Museum offers several programs that meet state learning standards and provide engaging, inquiry-based experiences. 

For more information, or to schedule a program, please call 517-335-2581. Please be advised that all programs must be schedule a minimum of three weeks in advance. If an invoice is needed please request one when booking your program, as invoices are not automatically generated.

For all programs:

  • Program Fee: $7 per student; one teacher and paraprofessionals free; and one chaperon for every 10 students free. Additional adults are $8 each.
  • Minimum Program Fee: $70
  • Maximum Number of Students: 30

Arsenal of Democracy

  • Time: Self-paced, about 60-90 minutes
  • Description: 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

  • Time: 60 minutes
  • Description: 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.


  • Time: 60 minutes
  • Description: 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

  • Time: 60 minutes
  • Description: 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

  • Time: 60 minutes
  • Description: 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

  • Time: 60 minutes
  • Description: 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

  • Time: 60 minutes
  • Description: Students will learn about the life of French voyageurs and the Anishinaabek 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 03/31/2021