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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

The Great War on the Great Lakes

Sept. 12 in Paradise
Bruce Lynn, executive director of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, will guide museum guests through the Great War on the Great Lakes. Unexpected happenings, such as French shipwrecks on Lake Superior, and German spies at Whitefish Point will be highlighted. Admission is $5. The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point. For more information, call the Shipwreck Society office at 906.635.1742.

MHC Funded EventWillpower: An Original Play

Sept. 18-19 in Marquette
The Marquette Regional History Center presents this original play about young Will Adams of Marquette. His name is synonymous with the sheer will it took for him to survive his late boyhood years to the age of 32. In early adolescence his soft tissues were becoming hard, gradually turning him into a living statue. It was the late 1800’s and physicians of the day were baffled. Others faced with such a dark future might have felt sorry for themselves and turned inward. Not so for Will. His disease brought about years of creative pursuits.  This is a story not only about one young man’s perseverance, but about the Marquette community members who came together in support of his creative endeavors.  This play is presented at Northern Michigan University’s Kaufman Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Sept. 18 and 19; tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. To purchase tickets, click here for the ticket office. For more information, contact Jessica Bays at 906.226.3571.


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

Through 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.


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East Central

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.

West Central

Huron County-Wide Museum Weekend

Sept. 27-28 in Huron County
For this weekend only, all museums in Huron County will be open Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Take a trip back in time and visit one of the many museums in Huron County. For a list of participating museums and admission fees, visit the website here.

Tulipanes Latino Art & Film Festival

Sept. 6-14 in Holland
This festival is a community celebration of Latino art and culture through film, visual arts, music, dance and poetry; featuring numerous events and workshops. The festival will be held throughout Holland. For more information, visit www.tulipanes.org

Civil War Muster

Sept. 20-21 in Holland
The Holland Museum hosts this event remembering the Civil War through professional re-enactments of camps and battles. With free admission, this two-day event has music, impressions of historic figures, performances, medical scenarios and much more for the family. The event is held at Van Raalte Farm. For more information, call 616.796.3324.

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.


MHC Funded EventKerrytown BookFest

Sept. 7 in Ann Arbor
The 12th annual Kerrytown BookFest will be held at the Farmer’s Market in the historic Kerrytown district of Ann Arbor on Sept. 7. This is a family friendly, public festival that celebrates those who create books and those who read them. The event features authors, storytellers, publishers, artists and illustrators, poets and more. A popular children’s area also features storytelling and creative activities. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, with a full schedule of activities, visit www.kerrytownbookfest.org.

Sleeping Beauty: A Marionette Ballet

Sept. 6, 13, 18, 20, 27, 28 in Detroit
We all know that Sleeping Beauty has been cursed by a wicked fairy and is forced to sleep until she is awakened by a kiss from the Prince. Most versions focus upon the Princess’ story, but this production sheds light on the story of the Prince as well. You’ll find out how he knows of the sleeping Princess and why he feels destined to rescue her. This production is presented by PuppetART Theater in Detroit. All shows begin at 2 p.m. (with exception to Sept. 18 at 10 a.m.). Tickets are $5-10 and an RSVP is requested by calling 313.961.7777.

MHC Funded EventLiberation Film Series: Portraits of a Revolutionary Artist

Sept. 13 in Detroit
The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is kicking off its third season of the Liberation Film Series with the documentary “Raz Baaba Aaron Ibn Pori Pitts: Portraits of a Revolutionary Artist.” Each year this series promotes literacy, independent thought, critical analysis and informed activism. This event is free and open to the public; the screening is held from 2-6 p.m. at the museum’s General Motors Theater. For more information, visit www.thewright.org.

Anne Frank Door Project

Sept. 15,18 in Novi
The Holocaust Memorial Center, in partnership with Farmington Community Library and Oak Park Public Library, presents this event where participants will experience a presentation by a local Holocaust Survivor, discuss Anne Frank and her diary, explore the issues Anne faced and then create their own unique craft to take home (ages 10-15). The children participating in the project will also receive a copy of “The Diary of Anne Frank.” This event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Holocaust Memorial Center. Admission is free but registration is required by clicking here. For more information, call 248.553.2400 ex. 124 or visit www.holocaustcenter.org.

MHC Funded EventLibrary Colloquia Series with Jonathan A.C. Brown

Sept. 18 in East Lansing
The Michigan State University Main Library welcomes author and Georgetown University professor Jonathan A.C. Brown for an evening lecture titled “Misquoting Muhammad: Violence and Heavenly Reward in the Islamic Tradition.” Mentions of the jihad and the fabled 72 virgins awaiting Muslim martyrs in Paradise have become regular features in both newscasts and popular culture. What is the basis for these ideas in Islam’s scriptures, and how have the Muslim scholars who have defined Islam’s teachings over the centuries understood them? Once looked at in depth, the Islamic tradition reveals how debates over legitimate violence and the ways in which heavenly rewards have been understood get at larger questions of truth and authority, questions that are just as relevant in Western tradition as they are in Islam. This event is cosponsored by the MSU Muslim Studies Program and MSU Department of Religious Studies. This event begins at 7 p.m. in the Main Library’s North Conference Room W449.

Signature Lecture Series: Soledad O’Brien & Isabel Wilkerson

Oct. 2 in East Lansing
The MSU College of Arts and Letters has named Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist, executive producer and philanthropist Soledad O’Brien; and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson as its next signature lecturers. The two women will speak in a joint public appearance at the MSU Wharton Center on Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Following the lecture, Ms. Wilkerson will hold a book signing with sales from Schuler’s Books. This event costs $20 or is free with a valid MSU ID. For more information, contact Tina Newhauser at the MSU College of Arts and Letters at 517.432.1561.

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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