The recipient of the 2014 State History Award in the Lifetime Achievement category is Kaye Hiebel from Marquette. For the past 34 years, Hiebel has been at the helm of the Marquette County Historical Society’s (MCHS), now the Marquette Regional History Center’s (MRHC), dynamic and innovative educational programs and museum exhibitions. Hiebel began her career with MCHS in 1980 and was appointed executive director of the MRHC in 2005. At that time, she began the task of finding a new building for the society’s museum and library, launching a successful $3.75 million capital campaign. Today, the Marquette Regional History Center is a recognized state-of-the-art museum and historical research facility, second to none in the upper Great Lakes region.
The State History Conference explores significant people, places and events in Michigan’s past through a diverse offering of keynote speakers, breakout sessions, workshops and tours. Each year, the conference moves to a different location within the Lower Peninsula to feature the local history of that area and to address notable statewide historical matters. The Historical Society of Michigan also hosts the Upper Peninsula History Conference, which focuses on the history of the U.P., and Michigan in Perspective: The Local History Conference, which concentrates on Southeast Michigan and statewide history.