In addition to listing MHC-supported events, we also promote humanities and cultural events from organizations around the state. Fill out the form above to submit your event. Once submitted, staff will review the event and if it fits the humanities guidelines, will post to the calendar. Events should be open to the public at little or not cost. If you have questions, please contact Kate Bartig at firstname.lastname@example.org or (517) 372-7770.
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Lumber, Lakes and Lighthouses
June 6 in Paradise
Michigan historian Robert Burg will bring to life the exciting days of the lumber industry and its direct connections to Great Lakes maritime history with this event at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum – Whitefish Point. This event begins at 7 p.m. There is no cost to Society Members, and a $5 donation cost for the public. For more information, call the Shipwreck Society at 906.635.1742.
World War II on the Great LakesJuly 18 in Paradise
Presented by the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society, join Great Lakes maritime historian Mike LeButt as he presents the pivotal role that the Great Lakes played during World War II as America became the Arsenal of Democracy. The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society at 18335 N. Whitefish Point Road in Paradise. Admission is $5. For more information, visit www.shipwreckmuseum.com/events-129
Quincy Smelter Tour
July 18 in Hancock
The Quincy Smelter Association hosts this monthly tour for visitors can see the only intact copper smelter from the American Industrial Revolution around the turn of the 20th century. See much of the original machinery used to turn ore into copper ingots, and equipment from the smelter's construction in 1898. Guides will point out the major changes in the Great Expansion of 1920 during this family-friendly tour. It runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; cost is $5 a person; children under 10 are free. Directions: turn right after crossing the bridge on to M-26, go 1/4 mile to the sign on the right. The smelter is a former industrial site. It is recommended to wear closed shoes for safety. For more information, click here
Selling NahmaThrough Aug. 7 in Escanaba
The Bonifas Arts Center presents this exhibit capturing the story of Nahma – a small resource town that was put up for sale in 1950, but continues to thrive today. “Selling Nahma” will examine how and why this unusual business decision led to Nahma’s survival, and what makes it notable amongst other Upper Peninsula communities. Gathered through oral histories, film, documentary, photographs and personal reminiscences, this exhibit offers a personal perspective from the remaining townspeople and former residents. On display through Aug 7. The Center’s regular hours are Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, please call 906.786.3833 or visit www.bonifasarts.org
Friday Night at the MuseumsThrough Aug. 29 in St. Ignace
Each Friday throughout August there will be a variety of activities to watch and/or participate in from the St. Ignace museums. The Museum of Ojibwa Culture will have a historic walking tour and Native American drumming and singing by Grandmother Moon Singers. Walking tours will set out at 7:30 p.m. after the drumming concludes. New this year – the Michilimackinac Historical Society presents Fort de Buade Museum & Galleries, featuring rare historic artifacts and unique art collections. These special events run from 7-9 p.m. For more information, visit the St. Ignace website here
Michigan Folksong Legacy: Grand Discoveries from the Great Depression
July 30 – Sept. 26 in Rogers City
The Presque Isle County Historical Museum hosts this traveling exhibit documentary legendary folklorist Alan Lomax’s trip to Michigan 75 years ago. Michigan in the 1930s was experiencing a golden age of folksong collecting, as local folklorists mined the trove of ballads remembered by aging lumbermen and the Great Lakes schoonermen. In addition to the ballads of the north woods singers, Lomax recorded a vibrant mix of ethnic music from Detroit to the western U.P. This exhibit documents Lomax’s travel and its lasting impact on our lives today. For more information, call the museum at 989.734.4121. This exhibit’s travel is coordinated by the Michigan State University Museum.
Anishninabek of the Grand Traverse Region
July 3 in Elk Rapids
Featuring speaker JoAnne Gasco, this lecture will detail the lives and beliefs of the Odawa people, from their historical roots to how they live today. This event, presented by the Elk Rapids Area Historical Society, begins at 7 p.m. at the former Elk Rapids United Methodist church, located at 301 Traverse St. Admission is a suggested donation of $5 for adults and $2 for students. Children are free. For more information, call 231.264.5692 or visit http://elkrapidshistory.org
Emmet County Veterans: Stories in their own Words
July 14 in Mackinaw City
The Mackinaw Area Historical Society presents this event with Tamara Stevens, sharing the stories of Emmet County Veterans who she has interviewed. A question-and-answer period will follow the talk. The event runs from 7-8 p.m. at the Mackinaw Area Public Library. Admission is by donation. For more information, call 231.372.9793 or visit www.mackinawhistory.org
A Sad Fate: The Passenger Pigeon in Michigan
July 17 in Harbor Springs
In 1914 the passenger pigeon, once the most-abundant bird in North America, was driven to extinction. Join speaker Kyle Bagnall as he shares records from early explorers, missionaries and traders to tell this tragic story. The multimedia presentation will feature historic lithographs, paintings and photos. Bagnall will also speak about the last “grand nesting” of the passenger pigeon, which took place near Petoskey in 1878. This event will be held at the Harbor Springs History Museum at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $5, or free for museum members. For more information, call 231.526.9771.
Inuit Gallery Exhibit
Through August in Traverse City
The works in the Dennos Museum Center's Power Family Inuit Gallery present a survey of Inuit stonecut, stencil, lithograph, etching, aquatint and chine-collé prints, tapestries, sculptures and artifacts from the late 1950s to the present. Selected from more than 1,000 objects in the museum's permanent collection, the exhibition features artists from numerous communities within Nunavut, a Canadian territory in the Canadian Arctic. For more information, call 231.995.1055.
Sunken Treasure: Preserving Michigan’s Shipwrecks
July 12 in Bay City
The Bay County Historical Society presents this event with maritime historian and past president of the Michigan Underwater Preserve Council Ron Bloomfield. He will provide a “diver’s eye” view of shipwrecks in the Great Lakes as he presents a recently published documentary that details the importance of preserving these incredible underwater museums. This event will begin at 1 p.m. at the Historical Museum of Bay County. Admission is free. For more information, call 989.893.5733 or visit www.bchsmuseum.org/id4.html
The Brave and the Faithful: Michigan in the Civil War
Through August in Flint
The Civil War was fought by people from your hometown. Despite the fact that no battles were fought in Michigan, Genesee County’s fathers, sons, husbands, brothers and even some mothers and daughters sacrificed plenty to save the Union. Be transported back, while discovering real stories of our hometown heroes’ selfless adoption of the Union cause, conspicuous bravery on the battle field, daring escapes from prison camps, and tales of astounding loss in a time not so different from our own. This exhibit is open at the Sloan Museum in Flint. Admission is $9 adults, $8 seniors and $6 youth (ages 3-11). For more information, call (810) 237-3440.
Art and Propaganda from Nazi Occupied Holland
Through Oct. 4 in Holland
The Holland Museum hosts this traveling exhibit for mature audiences that was developed and sponsored by the Anne Frank Center USA. It is based on three collections from the archives of the Anne Frank Center: eight original lithographs by Henri Pieck, drawn during his internment at Buchenwald concentration camp; 12 linoleum and woodcut prints by Marie de Zaaijer depicting the hardship endured by Holland; and eight original propaganda posters. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays – Mondays. For more information, visit www.hollandmuseum.org
or call 616.796.3329.
Descrechaska: Here is Everything
Permanent display in Wyandotte
The Wyandotte Museum has opened a new, permanent exhibit exploring the city’s history. On display in an updated gallery space, the exhibit features rarely seen images from museums and archives as far away as Quebec, Canada. Artifacts from the Wyandotte Museums’ collection that had been in storage were brought out to showcase the city’s past. The exhibit’s name, “Descrechaska,” comes from the Wyandot language, spoken by the Native Americans who lived in the region prior to the arrival of Europeans. The museum is open Thursday – Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $2.50 for children ages 5-12, and free for children 4 and under.
Drummunity: Rhythmic Fun for Everyone
July 8 in Royal Oak
The Royal Oak Public Library invites the community to attend this event sponsored through the Arts & Humanities Touring Program. Drummunity features Lori Fithian in a unique, energizing drum circle that will show the power of focus, community building and fun unleashed by drums. This event at the Royal Oak Public Library Friends Auditorium begins at 7 p.m. and is free. For more information, contact Mary Ann DeKane at email@example.com
July 14 in White Lake
The White Lake Township Library hosts Marimbaman David Hall, performing world music on unique mallet instruments such as the Mexican Marimba, African Balafon, xylophone, Japanese Taiko and more. The musical genres range from ragtime to classical, and Brazilian to Baroque. This event will be held outdoors (bring your lawn chair or blanket) at Hawley Park, adjacent to the White Lake Twp. Library. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held in the library. The concert, free of charge, begins at 6:30 p.m. and is appropriate for all ages. For more information, call Denise at 248.698.4942.
Authors in the Garden Room
July 3 in Grand Ledge
The Grand Ledge Area District Library will host previous Great Michigan Read and Annie’s Ghosts
author Steve Luxenberg for a Skype discussion, from 6-7 p.m. This is part of the library’s Authors in the Garden Room summer program, and is free to attend. For more information, contact the library at www.grandledge.lib.mi.us
Underground Railroad DaysJuly 12-13 in Vandalia
Visit Vandalia in Cass County to tour the Bonnie House, the historical museum, and learn about how pioneers aided the freed slaves to safety in the North. This event, held by the River Country Tourism Council, also includes music performances and a civil war encampment. For more information, call 269.445.7358.
Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi IndiansJuly 15 in Vicksburg
The Vicksburg Historical Society presents this event with Elizabeth Ballen, a member of the Huron Band of the Potawatomi. She will discuss the Native Americans in and around the Vicksburg area, and guests will be able to learn some Potawatomi words and experience cultural dances with a member of the Huron band. This event begins at 7 p.m. at the new Pavilion, located at 300 North Richardson Street. Free. For more information, call 269.649.1733 or visit www.vicksburghistory.org
From Forest to Fruit BeltPermanent display in Coloma
This new exhibit at the North Berrien Historical Museum in Coloma highlights authentic local artifacts from the lumbering and agriculture industries that transformed Southwest Michigan’s landscape and created its modern communities. “From Forest to Fruit Belt” is an immersive, interactive experience of the vehicles, machinery, photographs, advertising, community and culture that are the heart of Southwest Michigan’s Fruit Belt. The exhibit can be seen during the museum’s summer hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.northberrienhistory.org
or by calling 269.468.3330.
Southwest Michigan in the Civil War
Through December in St. Joseph
The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center present this exhibit on the life of a local soldier, from recruitment to training camp to arrival on the battlefield. Hands-on elements are featured for younger visitors. Admission is $5 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-18, and children under 5 are free. For more information, visit www.theheritagemcc.org
or call 269.983.1191.