Michigan Department of History, Arts and Libraries

The Michigan Department of History, Arts and Libraries (MHAL) was an agency of the U.S. state of Michigan. Its official name was Michigan History, Arts and Libraries. It was created in 2001 and was eliminated in 2009.

Michigan Department of History, Arts and Libraries
Agency overview
FormedOctober 2001
Preceding agencies
Agency executives
  • William A. Anderson, Director
  • Mark Hoffman, Deputy Director
Child agencies
  • Library of Michigan
  • Michigan Historical Center
    Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs
    Michigan Film Office
    Michigan History Center

History and responsibilitiesEdit

The Michigan Department of History, Arts and Libraries was a portmanteau agency created by executive reorganization in October 2001 during the administration of Governor John Engler. The specific functions of the Department dated back to the publication startup of the Michigan Pioneer and Historical Collections in 1874, followed by the creation of the Mackinac Island State Park Commission in 1895. The agency included the Library of Michigan, the Mackinac State Historic Parks, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the Michigan Historical Center.

The Department operated several of Michigan's resources for learning and tourism, including Fort Mackinac, Fort Michilimackinac, the Library of Michigan, Michigan Historical Center, and the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. It also published Michigan History magazine.

The Department was eliminated by executive reorganization in July 2009 by the administration of Governor Jennifer Granholm.[1][2]

External linksEdit


  1. ^ "Governor eliminates Michigan Dept. of History, Arts and Libraries". Crain's Detroit Business. Retrieved 2009-07-14.
  2. ^ Jennifer M. Granholm (2019-08-26). "EXECUTIVE DIRECTIVE No. 2009 - 5". State of Michigan. Retrieved 2019-03-14. On July 13, 2009, I issued Executive Order 2009-36 ("the Order") which will abolish the Department of History, Arts, and Libraries and will consolidate its functions among various other Departments that already perform similar or related functions...