Celebrating Michigan Rich Cultural Heritage

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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 Carol Taggart at ctaggart@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

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.

Victorianism in Upper Michigan

Through January 3 in Marquette
The Marquette Regional History Center presents its upcoming special exhibit, “Victorianism in Upper Michigan.” Come see how Queen Victoria’s long and powerful reign influenced social life in the Upper Peninsula in the mid- to late-1800s. The growth of technology and the middle class changed the role of women in the home, bringing new domestic arts and a development of women’s handcrafts. Sentimental and ornate homes and clothing were the style, as was a strong mourning culture. The Marquette Regional History Center is located at 145 West Spring Street. Admission for the History Center is $7.00 for adults, $6.00 for seniors, $3.00 for students, and $2.00 for children 12 and under. For more information, call (906) 226-3571 visit www.marquettehistory.com.


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Harbor Springs History Museum: Winter Open House

Saturday, December 27, 2014 in Harbor Springs
The Harbor Springs Area Historical Society invites you to come in out of the cold, take a break from the ski slopes and enjoy an afternoon at the museum during their winter open house event. This is a family event and admission to the museum will be free for the day, though donations are always appreciated. Various winter crafts and activities will be available for children and light refreshments will be served. If you’re still in the mood for shopping, all of our museum store inventory will be 10% off. For the grownups, including folks who have never visited the museum before, the open house is a great chance to view our interactive permanent exhibits and see our current temporary exhibit Shadow Over the Earth: The Life and Death of the Passenger Pigeon. Event times are 11:00am to 3:00pm. Reservations are not necessary.  Please call the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society at (231) 526-9771 with questions. You can also visit us on Facebook and at our website HarborSpringsHistory.org to learn more.

East Central

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West Central

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Yesterday on the West Michigan Pike

Through December 29 in Lansing
The Michigan Historical Center presents “Yesterday on the West Michigan Pike.” This photography collection by Vincent J. Musi showcases the people who lived near US 31. Also on display are materials depicting the historical significance of Michigan’s “Route 66.” The exhibit runs until December 29, 2014, in the Michigan Historical Center, located at 702 W. Kalamazoo St. Admission is free. For more information, call (517) 373-6362 or visit www.michigan.gov/michiganhistory.

University of Michigan Museum of Art: Detroit Before the Automobile

Through January 18 in Ann Arbor
Drawn from the extensive holdings of the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan (U-M), this exhibition illustrates the rich history of the city of Detroit through maps, letters, prints, and photographs. From its beginnings as a French outpost to its emergence as a manufacturing powerhouse based on the automobile at the end of the nineteenth century, the exhibition will focus on the city's growth, its people, and its legacy. The exhibition is part of the U-M Collections Collaborations series, co-organized by and presented at UMMA and designed to showcase the renowned and diverse collections at the University of Michigan. The UMMA is located at 525 South State Street.

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.

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.


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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