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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 kbartig@mihumanities.org or (517) 372-7770.

MHC Funded Event Events with this symbol denote that the event is either funded by MHC, or supporting an MHC program

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Upper Peninsula

Quincy Smelter Tour

Oct. 11 in Hancock
Enjoy fall sightseeing with the last Quincy Smelt tour of the season. Visitors will see the last intact copper smelter from America’s industrial age, with an added bonus of seeing the fall colors that surround the Portage Canal. The tour runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and costs $5/person (children under 10 are free). To get there, go over the bridge between Houghton and Hancock, turn right on M-26 for ¼ mile and turn at the sign. For more information, call Horst Schmidt of Quincy Smelter Association at 906.369.3797.

MHC Funded EventMichigan Folksong Legacy: Grand Discoveries from the Great Depression

Through Dec. 7 in St. Ignace
The St. Ignace Public Library hosts this traveling exhibit documenting 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 library at 906.643.8318 or visit its website here. This exhibit's travel is coordinated by the Michigan State University Museum.


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Author Discussion: Steve Luxenberg

Oct. 6 in Scottville
Discussion continues with previous Great Michigan Read Annie’s Ghosts at West Shore Community College. Author Steve Luxenberg will visit the campus for a two-day period for classroom discussions, and present a general presentation to the public on Oct. 7 at 11 a.m. The public discussion will be held at the college’s Arts and Sciences Center.

Author Discussion: Steve Luxenberg

Oct. 6 in Ludington
West Shore Community College proudly presents a reading and discussion with Steve Luxenberg, author of "Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey Into a Family Secret,” on Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the West Shore Bank Room at the Ludington Library. 

Harbor History Talk: A Feathered River Across the Sky

Oct. 23 in Harbor Springs
Can you imagine a flock of birds so immense it blocks out the sun? Today, it is hard to visualize a group of birds so massive they could darken the sky for miles, but more than a century ago this was a reality in northern Michigan and across the county. The Harbor Springs Area Historical Society welcomes author and passenger pigeon expert Joel Greenberg to speak about the tragic story of the passenger pigeon and its message to us in the 21st century. Admission is $5/person and free to HSAHS members. Reservations are encouraged by calling the historical society at 231.526.9771. The talk begins at 5:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Anton Library of the Harbor Springs Area History Museum at 349 E. Main Street.

East Central

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West Central

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.


Firebird: A Traditional Heroic Tale

Oct. 4, 11, 25, 26 in Detroit
Firebird is a lush and elaborate production, with rod puppets, created in the tradition of Russian folklore. The first act contrasts the dark and mysterious underworld of the second act, with spellbinding music of Stravinsky’s Firebird as well as folk songs of old Russia. The audience will be transported to an enchanted and magical world of fairy tales. This production is presented by PuppetART Theatre in Detroit – 25 E. Grand River. All shows begin at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5-10. Please RSVP by calling 313.961.7777.

MHC Funded EventA Healing Place: Memories of Michigan State Sanatorium, Howell State Hospital, Hillcrest Center

Oct. 8 in Howell
For 75 years, the Hill served patients with tuberculosis and in later years, those who were developmentally challenged. The Howell Carnegie District Library hosts this informal panel discussion of people who worked, lived and grew up on the Hill. This is an extended event of the previous Great Michigan Read – and will be held in the library’s Meabon Room at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Donna Olson at olson@howelllibrary.org.

MHC Funded EventChautauqua at the Riverside

Oct. 18 in Ypsilanti
This event offers a full day of presentations from the historical to the hysterical and is acpped by a three-hour performance by Paul Klinger’s Easy Street Band. This event is held at Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and is presented by the Ypsilanti Historical Society. Free!

MHC Funded EventPortrait Studios of Detroit’s Polonia: The Face of Polish Immigration

Through Jan. 30 in Orchard Lake (with lectures throughout October)
The Polish Mission opens its grant-funded exhibit exploring the faces of Polish immigration through family photos. The exhibit is on display through Jan. 30 at the Polish Mission Galeria (Building #8). A series of complimentary lectures will be presented in the Galeria at 1 p.m. by Cecile Wendt Jensen. Those lectures are Oct. 8 – Archiving your Family Album; Oct. 15 – How to Identify Unknown Photos; Oct. 22 – Writing your Pictorial History Arcadia Publishing Style; Oct. 29 – Photos and Records Arising from Death. All events are free with an RSVP to 248.683.0323. For more information, visit www.polishmission.com.

Author Discussion: Steve Luxenberg

Oct. 21 in Troy
The Troy Public Library hosts Annie’s Ghosts author Steve Luxenberg for a talk and discussion at the main library. This event is free and begins at 6:30 p.m. at 510 W. Big Beaver Road in Troy.

MHC Funded EventDescrechaska: 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.


Author Discussion: Steve Luxenberg

Oct. 7 in Lawrence
Van Buren District Library hosts Annie’s Ghosts author Steve Luxenberg for a discussion around its “One Book, One County program.” Steve will talk about family secrets and their consequences, followed by an open discussion. The event will begin at 7 p.m.

Author Discussion: Steve Luxenberg

Oct. 9 in Sturgis
The Sturgis District Library hosts Annie’s Ghosts author Steve Luxenberg for a public discussion. His book was a “One Book, One County” selection. The event will begin at the library, at 255 North St. in Sturgis, at 6 p.m.

Civil War on the Battlefront and Homefront in Kalamazoo County

Oct. 21 in Vicksburg
The Vicksburg Historical Society presents this event with historian Steve Rosso, who will discuss some of the major and lesser known battles of the Civil War, political activities leading up to and during the war, and the involvement of Kalamazoo County citizens on the battleground and homefront. This event begins at 7 p.m. at the Vicksburg Historical Society, located at 300 North Richardson Street. For more information, call 269.649.1733.

MHC Funded EventFrom Forest to Fruit Belt

Permanent 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.

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