Welcome to the

Michigan Political
History Society’s

James J. Blanchard
Living Library of Michigan
Political History

The goals of the Living Library are to record the stories, experiences, and observations of major political figures in Michigan and to make these interviews available online, giving everyone the opportunity to learn more about Michigan's rich political history.

Accordingly, interviews with people who have observed or chronicled Michigan's political history - as well as participated actively - have been recorded on DVD and distributed to local cable stations, state universities and other interested broadcast outlets. These interviews are also now online for all to enjoy at any time.

A special thanks to Congressman John Dingell for sponsoring this site.

All interviews recorded after January 1, 2013, will be recorded in HD and available online. To adjust picture quality, please see instructions below.

To view individual interviews, select from the listing at right - use the scrollbar to view complete list.

For iPad and other touchscreen devices, just swipe down to scroll through the list.

After making your selection, a photograph and short bio will appear on the left.

Video clip selections will
list in this box.

Dan Papineau

Jean Doss


Dan Stump

Ms. Kendra Averett
Ms. Suzy Avery
Mr. Scott Bean
Mr. Dennis Cawthorne
Mr. Thomas Cleary
Mr. Ken Cole
Mr. Don Cooper*
Ms. Jean Doss
Hon. Curtis Hertel, Jr.*
Mr. Pete Kuhnmuench*
Mr. Robert LaBrant*
Mr. Larry Lee
Mr. Paul Long
Mr. Richard McLellan*
Ms. Sharman Moore*
Mr. Dave Murley*
Mr. Mark Murray*
Ms. Brandy Nash
Ms. Gina Nelson
Mr. Dan Papineau
Ms. Portia Roberson
Ms. Barbara Sawyer Koch*
Mr. Jack Schmitt
Ms. Kerry Ebersole Singh*
Ms. Roberta Stanley
Mr. Dan Stump
Ms. Jody Weissler DeFoe
*Indicates Emeritus Member (Past President)

Linda J. Cleary
(517) 282-4520

Michigan Political History Society | P.O. Box 4684 East Lansing, MI 48826
The Michigan Political History Society is a non-partisan, 501(c)3 corporation.