On May 26, 1988 the 75th Anniversary of the Michigan Historical Commission was held at the Radisson Hotel in Lansing. Governor Woodbridge N. Ferris held the first meeting in his office on May 28, 1913,
The Commission was charged with Administering the Department of History and Archives and during its early years it focused on the Michigan Historical Museum, The State Archives and Historical Publications.
In 1948 the Commission establised the Centennial Farm Program and in 1955 it created the State Register of Historica Sites and the Michigan Historical Marker Program.
The Commission continues to have a strong State History Program that covers thousands of State and Local Archival Records, Museum Artifacts, State Register Sites, 6000 Centennial Farms, 12,500 Archaeological Sites, 1100 Historical Markers and 35,000 Michigan History Subscribers.
The Commission is looking forward to the opening of the Michigan Library and Historical Center this Fall in Lansing.
It was my privilege to attend this meeting where speakers such as The Honorable John B. Sweinson, The Honorable Richard H. Austin, Secretary of State and Dr. Martha M. Bigelow, Director of the History Bureau were heard.
It is this Michigan Historical Commission that has been responsible for several Markers in our City; On the Campus of Eastern Michigan University, on the Lawn in front of the former Woodruff School, at Prospect Park and on the lawn in front of the Museum.