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Historical Society of Michigan

5815 Executive Dr.

Lansing, MI 48911
(517) 324-1828
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For Immediate Release




Lansing, Mich.-The Historical Society of Michigan (HSM) announces the
release of Michigan History for Kids magazine and its accompanying website,
<http://michigankids.org/> www.michigankids.org. Aimed at children in third
and fourth grades, where state history is taught in Michigan's schools,
Michigan History for Kids goes beyond the textbooks, exploring the history
and heritage of all Michigan's peoples. 

The magazine, which was designed to be a supplemental aid in classrooms,
also thoroughly integrates Michigan's Grade Level Content Expectations and
other emerging standards into the content. Using both print and digital
platforms and a racial-equity lens, each issue brings to life a different
part of our state's past and features unbiased stories about the diverse
people, places and events that have impacted Michigan over time.

"In every issue of Michigan History for Kids, we strive to cover all aspects
of our state's history and also include stories of people of color, who are
normally overlooked or often forgotten in traditional academic materials, so
that students develop a more complete understanding of Michigan's history,"
said Larry Wagenaar, HSM Executive Director and Publisher of Michigan
History for Kids. "The diverse stories, along with thought-provoking
questions and fun activities, engage students and make history meaningful to
children throughout the state."

To ensure that Michigan History for Kids and  <http://michigankids.org/>
www.michigankids.org are valuable resources for educators, HSM had them
thoroughly evaluated and tested by several focus groups, including one that
consisted of nearly 40 teachers and 1,400 third and fourth graders. To align
with the school year and teachers' needs, the magazine is published
bimonthly, minus the two major summer months when there are no classes, and
the accompanying website provides interactive activities, expanded
information and audio files that read the stories to students. Online lesson
plans have also been created, which provide more detailed activities that
can be used in the classroom. The lesson plans amplify the magazine's
content and present additional information that enhance the students'
learning experiences.

"The Editors of Michigan History for Kids have especially sought out authors
from underserved and minority communities," added Wagenaar, "which enables
educators to teach Michigan's history from new perspectives."

Both classroom and individual subscriptions are available. Full information,
along with sample content, is available at  <http://michigankids.org/>
www.michigankids.org. Previously published by the State of Michigan from
2001 to 2009, the new Michigan History for Kids magazine was made possible
by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

The Historical Society of Michigan is the state's oldest cultural
organization, founded in 1828 by territorial governor Lewis Cass and
explorer Henry Schoolcraft. A nongovernmental nonprofit, the Society focuses
on publications, conferences, education, awards and recognition programming,
and support for local history organizations to preserve and promote
Michigan's rich history.

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