MICHIGAN HISTORY DAY THEME: LEADERSHIP & LEGACY IN HISTORY**
**This year students will do research and create a project about a person or group of people whose actions in the past have had a lasting impact on Michigan, the U.S., or the World. This is different than a biography report on a person’s life. Students should focus on specific actions that this person took in their lifetime, and how those actions affect our lives today.
This list emphasizes people who are connected to our 4th and 5th grade standards, but you may certainly look beyond this list. Find a topic that interests and excites you.
This list is just the beginning!
Etienne Brule, French explorer – first European explorer to explore Michigan
John Johnston (1762–1828) , Sault Ste. Marie fur trader.
Susan Johnston, Native American woman married to John Johnston
Jacques Marquette, Jesuit priest, established first mission at Sault Sainte Marie, MI
Douglass Houghton (copper mining in Keweenaw Peninsula)
Tecumseh, Shawnee chief who tried to organize Native Americans to slow the advance of American settlement.
Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, United States Indian agentnoted for his early studies ofNative Americancultures, as well as for his 1832 expedition to the source of the Mississippi River
Andrew Blackbird, Ottawa leader, historian and negotiator in the Treaty of 1855 (born in Harbor Springs)
Pontiac, Native American chief and war leader (born near the Detroit River)
Lewis Cass, Secretary of War, Secretary of State, Brigadier General in the War of 1812, 1848 Democratic Party presidential nominee, governor of Michigan Territory (born in New Hampshire; moved to Michigan when appointed governor)
Steven T. Mason, first governor of MI
Chase S. Osborn, former SSM newspaperman and postmaster. Former governor of MI.