Researching Digital Michigan Newspaper Workshop


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  • About

    The Leelanau Historical Society is offering a free workshop for the public to learn about Leelanau's historic newspapers and Central Michigan University’s Digital Michigan Newspaper Portal. The portal is a free website for researching Michigan’s historic newspapers.

    ◘ APRIL 4th, 2024, at 1:00pm | Glen Lake Community Library | 10115 W Front St, Empire, MI 49630

    • Raise awareness of the Digital Michigan Newspaper Portal as a research tool.
    • Educate the community of current newspaper preservation efforts. (Includes 11 Leelanau titles & the Grand Traverse Herald)
    • How to use this free resource for your research needs.
    • Opportunity to work with historical society staff on your research questions.

    The workshop will consist of a short presentation on Leelanau’s historic newspapers and the Digital Michigan Newspaper Portal. Staff will walk attendees through a sample research prompt before letting them explore the portal and have their questions answered. Registration is required.

    Register Here:

    The workshop will last about an hour and is held in person. Workshops are led by Leelanau Historical Society Staff and volunteer historians who have worked extensively with the Digital Michigan Newspaper Portal.

    • Bring your personal laptop/tablet, or
    • Sign up for a laptop provided by the Library.
    (available on a first come, first service basis. Details in registration form), or
    • Just observe and participate in the Q&As, or
    • Bring a friend and learn together!

    We encourage each participant to come prepared with a specific Leelanau/Michigan-based historic topic, person, or event they wish to research.

    Register Here:

    Questions about the workshops?
    Contact Leelanau Historical Society Staff at (231) 256-7475 |

    This workshop is in partnership with the Glen Lake Community Library
    About the Digital Michigan Newspaper Collection:
    The Leelanau Historical Society partnered with the Clarke Historical Library in 2017 to add Leelanau County’s historic newspapers to their Digital Michigan Newspaper Portal. This free online database contains 87,985 newspaper issues comprising 916,798 pages collectively from 32 Michigan Counties and counting. For nearly 50 years, the Clarke Historical Library has been actively preserving Michigan’s historic newspapers through microfilm. Over the last decade, it has begun to convert the treasure trove of historical newspapers found on microfilm both here and around the state into digital formats that can be accessed on-line. View the Digital Michigan Newspaper Portal: