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Looking for primary sources to use in the classroom, but don’t have the time to do a deep dive into Michiganology? Education staff at the Michigan History Center did the hard work for you. We prepared standards based, curated sets of primary sources for an array of topics for you to use in the classroom.

Michigan Birdseye Maps (1866 - 1889)

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Help students explore their community from the past. Birdseye maps show businesses, industries, and lanscapes.

A section of an illustrated map of Jonesville. The city is shown from a birds eye perspective. There a roads, buildings, and a train on the map.

Indigenous Lithographs


Look at images of Indigenous delegates to treaty negotiations

Woman sitting in chair

War Letters


What did soldiers write home about? Have a look in these letters home.

Man in uniform looking directly at camera

Michigan Experiences in the Civil War


Many different people from Michigan participated in the Civil War.

Photo of partial profile of a man sitting down

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