New Editors Named for Michigan History, Society Magazines

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New Editors Named for Michigan History, Society Magazines

Lansing, Mich.—When you are handed a lemon, you make lemonade. And that’s exactly what the Historical Society of Michigan (HSM) did when the long-time editor of Michigan History magazine, Patricia Majher, departed at the end of May to take a new post at the University of Michigan. Using a streamlined, innovative approach, HSM reorganized its editorial staff, creating a Lansing-based editorial team that will simultaneously work on all three of its magazines: Michigan History, Chronicle and Michigan History for Kids.  The new staff workgroup is working under the banner of HSM Magazines to reflect its unified responsibilities.

With the new editorial structure, HSM was able to cut costs, increase efficiency, and eliminate duplicated responsibilities. Not only will the editorial team continue to bring readers top-notch Michigan history-related feature articles and special sections, but it will also strive to bring even more value to subscribers and members of the Society, along with meeting the mission of all three magazines: to explore the history and heritage of all Michigan’s peoples.

“While we will miss the outstanding editorial leadership and skills of Patricia Majher, who has been Michigan History’s editor for nearly seven years, I also know our new Editorial Team will take all three of our publications to new heights,” commented publisher Larry J. Wagenaar, who also serves as Executive Director of the Historical Society of Michigan. “We have a group of very talented people who have already melded into a collaborative unit, and our readers, subscribers and members will definitely benefit from the new structure.”

The new team consists of newly promoted Editor in Chief and Creative Director Nancy Feldbush, who will oversee the operation and design of all three magazines and also remains as the Society’s Director of Communications; newly promoted Michigan History for Kids Editor Amy Bradfield, who will lead the production of the Society’s third- and fourth-grade-level publication; recently appointed Features Editor Christopher Blaker, who will work on feature articles for both Michigan History and Chronicle magazines and give input to Michigan History for Kids; newly promoted Special Sections Coordinator Andie McBride, who will manage the various departments and specialty sections for both Michigan History and Chronicle magazines and give input to Michigan History for Kids; and recently appointed Graphics and Multimedia Manager Maureen Buecking, who will create the look and feel of each magazine.

The Historical Society of Michigan is the state’s oldest cultural organization, founded in 1828 by territorial governor Lewis Cass and explorer Henry Schoolcraft. A nongovernmental nonprofit, the Society focuses on publications, conferences, education, awards and recognition programming, and support for local history organizations to preserve and promote Michigan’s rich history.