Our Mission

The mission of the Michigan History Foundation is to raise private funds for the preservation and interpretation of Michigan’s history.

Our History

The Michigan History Foundation was established in 1989 by a group of visionary business, industry, civic and political leaders to raise private funds from donors interested in ensuring Michigan’s rich history and culture are maintained to inspire generations today and in the future.

Today, the mission of the foundation continues. We exist to present opportunities to provide the financial support needed to collect, preserve and interpret Michigan’s history. It allows us to provide our citizens and visitors with a view of those who have shaped our state, its people and culture.

The foundation’s first major success was securing $1.3 million to complete the twentieth century exhibits at the state’s museum, the Michigan History Museum. The foundation continues to raise private funds to support the museum system, archives, publications, historic preservation and educational projects and programs.

The Michigan History Foundation, a 501 (c) (3), relies on tax deductible contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations as a way to support their mission.