History of the MCHE

The Michigan Council for History Education offers services to educators. Founded in 1993, the Michigan Council for History Education (MCHE) holds an annual conference for K-12 and college history teachers, publishes four newsletters a year, sends frequent email updates, offers summer workshops and special events and award the “McConnell History Educator Award” to one elementary, one secondary, and one preservice teacher and is the Michigan sponsor of the Gilder-Lehrman Preserve America History Educator Award. MCHE consults with local groups on the Teaching American History grants. For membership details please visit our Members page.

The annual conference is held in October or early November, usually either in Lansing or the Detroit area. Recipients of the McConnell and Gilder-Lehrman History Educator Awards are honored at every conference and share their teaching experiences and lesson plans in a special conference session. For more information on the McConnell and Glider-Lehrman Awards, please click on the Awards link above.

From its inception in 2003 until 2007, the MCHE website was created and was maintained by Russ Olwell, Eastern Michigan University History Professor. It was then hosted by Peter Knupfer, History Department, Michigan State University with the assistance of PhD student Anita Anthony until 2013. Currently Lawrence Bruce, teacher of U.S. History in Quincy, MI, administers over the online presence of the MCHE.

From its 1993/1994 founding, MCHE has published a quarterly newsletter, Ends & Beginnings, a line taken from Robert Frost’s poem “In the Home Stretch.” The publication features articles on resources and events of interest to history educators. For the past several years, many MCHE members have received monthly updates, MCHE E-Notes, sent via email on items of possible interest. If you are not currently receiving MCHE E-Notes and would like to, please send an email to jam1776@sbcglobal.net stating your interest in being added to this group.

Special recent MCHE projects included a student essay contest on the 50th anniversary in 2004 of the 1954 United States Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education and the activity in the spring of 2006 (Six Super Second Saturdays). It brought educators to six leading Detroit area museums, including the new Arab-American National Museum, the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, the Detroit Historical Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Holocaust Museum, and the Henry Ford Museum.

More recently, the MCHE has partnered with Grand Valley State University to co-sponsor the Annual Great Lakes History Conference, hosted at the GVSU Pew Campus in downtown Grand Rapids.

MCHE actively pursues collaborations with other like-minded organizations on programs that benefit the people of Michigan. Among our associations is support for the Historical Society of Michigan, for National History Day, for the annual Local History Conference at Wayne State University, the fall “Mulling Over Michigan” conference and much more.

One of the key MCHE benefits is the annual conference sponsored by the National Council for History Education.


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