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Jewish Historical Society of Michigan

Our Mission

The Jewish Historical Society of Michigan educates, celebrates and promotes awareness of the contributions of the Jews of Michigan to our state, our nation and the world.

What We Do

Throughout the year, we present docent-led tours of historic Jewish Detroit and Southeast Michigan and host interesting lectures, book discussions and film viewings. We publish Michigan Jewish History, an annual journal, and maintain the Jewish Yearbook Collection, the largest collection of yearbooks from Detroit-area high schools.


Margaret "Gigi" Lincoln

Margaret "Gigi" Lincoln has spearheaded numerous Holocaust-education projects, including organizing and receiving funding for a blog to promote discussion among high school students, arranging for speakers such as activist Gerda Weissmann Klein and actor Theodore Bikel to visit Battle Creek, and creating/moderating a collaborative online workspace to allow Holocaust educators to address pedagogical issues and to share resources and materials. These, and many other projects, have had an immeasurable impact on a vast intergenerational audience.

She is a contributor to, or author of, at least 11 publications, the most recent of which is the chapter, “The Use of the Internet in Teaching and Studying About the Holocaust,” included in the 2016 book, “Essentials of Holocaust Education: Fundamental Issues and Approaches.” Most recently, in 2017, Gigi organized a lecture series by author Edwin Black for audiences in Flint, Battle Creek, Grand Rapids, and Kalamazoo.

Since the 1970s, Gigi Lincoln has remained fully committed to the importance of Holocaust education and sincere in her belief that no student should remain ignorant of this most terrible chapter of modern history.

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