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 email@example.com or (517) 372-7770.
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Muslim Journeys Discussions
April 1,8,15 in Pickford
The Pickford Community Library hosts a five-part reading and discussion series aimed toward understanding and examining Islamic culture through memories and fictional works. The Muslim Journeys discussions will be held at the library on April 1, 8 and 15. The library will host additional movie nights, and all events will begin at 6:30 p.m. If you are interested in participation, contact Library Manager Ann Marie Smith at 906.647.1288 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ma Bell Exhibit
Through April 12 in Marquette
The Marquette Regional History Center hosts this exhibit on Alexander Graham Bell and how the telephone has influenced our lives for more than 130 years. Visitors can see a local switchboard, as well as antique and unique phones. For more information on this event, please visit www.marquettehitsory.org
or call 906.226.3571.
Retrospection & Respect: The 1913-14 Mining/Labor Strike Symposium of 2014
April 11-12 in Houghton
The Michigan Tech Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections of the Van Pelt and Opie Library of Michigan Tech announce this symposium on the centennial of the cessation of the 1913-14 Western Federation of Miners labor strike again copper mining companies in the Copper Country of upper Michigan. The symposium is being held in conjunction with the 2014 meeting of Finn Forum X, a professional association of researchers who investigate northern European migration to the U.S. The full conference registration fee is $30; interested individuals can register online here
. The deadline to register (with meals) is April 9; walk-ins are accepted but meals will not be provided at that point. For more information, contact Beth Russell at 906.487.2505.
Michigan Folksong Legacy
April 3 – May 28 in Houghton
In 1938, a young folk music collector named Alan Lomax came from Washington, D.C to record Michigan’s richly varied folk music traditions for the Archive of American Folk-Song at the Library of Congress. In celebration of Lomax’s 75th anniversary of his documentation of music and folklore and Michigan, the Michigan State University Museum has coordinated a traveling exhibit and program that combine historic images, color movie footage and recorded sound from the Great Depression. The exhibit is on display at Northern Michigan University’s Beaumier Heritage Center. On Feb. 22, there will be a concert – “Folksongs from ‘Michigan-I-O,’” featuring Lumber Jakki at the Forest Roberts Theatre on campus. For more information, visit the exhibit page here
Author Presentation and Signing
April 7 in Gaylord
The Otsego County Library welcomes Annie’s Ghosts
author Steve Luxenberg for a public discussion and book signing as part of the library’s Great Michigan Read program. Luxenberg will engage the audience in discussion of mental illness, family secrets, immigration and genealogy. The program is free and open to the public, and begins at 6:30 p.m. at Gaylord City Hall. For more information, call 989.732.5481.
Michigan Notable Book Tour: The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula New Works
April 28 in Rogers City
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is distinct from the rest of the state in geography, climate and culture, including a unique and thriving writing community. In The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula New Works
, editor Ron Riekki and authors John and Alex Gubbins will present poetry, fiction and non-fiction from memorable, varied voices that are distinct about Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. This event is held at the Presque Isle District Library – Rogers City Branch – Constance Jordan Room, at 11 a.m., and is part of the Michigan Notable Books Tour. For more information, visit www.pidl.org
Great Michigan Read Author Tour Events
April 8-9 in Traverse City
author Steve Luxenberg will be in Traverse City as part of the Great Michigan Read author tour. On April 8, the National Writers Series will host Luxenberg at the City Opera House at 7 p.m. This is a ticketed event; those can be purchased at www.cityoperahouse.org
. On April 9, the Traverse Area District Library will host a joint discussion with the Northern Lakes Community Mental Health at 11 a.m. This event is free, and both events include an author discussion and opportunity for book signing. To see the remaining author schedule, partner events or program information, click here
Inuit Gallery ExhibitThrough August 2014 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.
Turning Point: The War of 1812 from the Native American Perspective
Now through May 30 in Harbor Springs
The Harbor Springs Area Historical Society is now displaying this exhibit, produced in collaboration with the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians and its Repatriation, Archives and Records Department. Turning Point: The War of 1812 from the Native American Perspective
examines this "forgotten" war and its impact on the Odawa people of Little Traverse Bay. The exhibit is open during regular hours for the Harbor Springs History Museum through May 2014. For more information, visit the exhibit page here
The History of Lapeer State Home
April 22 in Attica
Meet two local authors, Laura Fromwiller and Jan Gillis, who have written a book detailing the rich history of the Oakdale Center; also learn about daily life and culture in an institution with Pete Lynch. This event is presented by Lapeer District Library, Lapeer County Education and Technology Center, Family Literacy Center and Lapeer County Community Mental Health. It will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Lapeer County Education and Technology Center; there is no cost but registration is requested by visiting www.lcisd.k12.mi.us
or calling 810.667.6605.
The Brave and the Faithful: Michigan in the Civil WarThrough August 2014 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.
Lincoln: The Constitution and Civil War ExhibitApril 2 – June 13 in Spring Lake
Spring Lake District Library hosts a traveling exhibition examining how President Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three crises of the Civil War: secession, slavery and wartime civil liberties. The exhibit can be seen during regular museum hours. For more information, call Lisa Donner at 616.846.5770 or visit www.sllib.org
The Most Unlikely Person Ever to Reach the White House: Abraham LincolnApril 7 in Spring Lake
The Spring Lake District Library presents this event, led by Gleaves Whitney of the Hauenstein Center for President Studies, on President Lincoln and his path to the White House. This event is part of the Lincoln Program Series and begins at 7 p.m. at the library; it is free and open to the public. For more information, call 616.846.5770 or visit www.sllib.org
Presentation by Author Steve Luxenberg
April 9 in Spring Lake
The Spring Lake District Library hosts author Steve Luxenberg for an evening presentation and book signing for its Great Michigan Read programming. The Bookman will have copies of Annie's Ghosts available for purchase following the presentation. The event runs from 7-8:15 p.m. at the library. For more information, call 616.846.5570.
Mental Illness Care and Family Impact
April 2 in Waterford Township
Fred Cummins, president of The Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Oakland County, leads this discussion on how mental illness impacts the family and the role of the public mental health care system. This event, free and open to the public, is held at the Oakland Community College: Highland Lakes Campus, in Woodland Hall Room 121. The event begins at noon. For more information, contact Beth Garnsey at 248.942.3128.
Live Music @ Royal Oak Public Library: Sheila Landis Trio
April 5 in Royal Oak
Backed by seven-string guitarist Rick Matle and drummer Karen Tomalis, seven-time “Outstanding Jazz Vocalist” winner, Detroit native Sheila Landis interprets the classic repertoire of Ella Fitzgerald at the Royal Oak Public Library. If you love jazz standards including the timeless melodies of Cole Porter, George Gershwin and Duke Ellington, this show is not to be missed. The concert begins at 3 p.m. and is free; registration is requested by calling 248.246.3727 or visiting www.ropl.org
Life, Imagined: Michiganders in Literature
April 5 in Detroit
Writers @ The Carr Series presents this free and public event featuring a reading and discussion with authors Curtis Crisler (Wonderkind
) and Karen Williams (Peninsula: Poems of Michigan
). This event is the second installment of “Life, Imagined: Michiganders in Literature,” and will be held at The Carr Center in Detroit from 2-4 p.m. For more information, visit www.carrcenter.org
or call 313.965.8430.
The KKK in Michigan in the 1920s
April 12 in Clinton Township
The Lorenzo Cultural Center presents this event exploring the history of the Ku Klux Klan in Michigan during the 1920s, including why the organization came to such prominence and size, and the role it played in the backlash from the Progressive Era. Michael Placco, professor of history for Macomb Community College, will lead this discussion, which will begin at 1 p.m. at the Cultural Center. The event is free and open to the public; pre-registration is required. For more information, call 586.45.7348 or visit www.lorenzoculturalcenter.com
Skype Session with Author Steve Luxenberg
April 16 in Harper Woods
Join the Harper Woods Public Library for a Skype visit with Great Michigan Read author Steve Luxenberg. He will discuss his non-fiction title, Annie’s Ghosts
, beginning at 6 p.m. at the library. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the library at 313.343.2575.
My Mother’s Voice
April 23 in West Bloomfield
West Bloomfield’s own award-winning storyteller Judy Sima evokes memories of the distant and not-so-distant past as we reminisce about the special women in our lives. Using stories about her own mother, Elsa Mosback a Holocaust survivor, and entwining those narratives into conversation starters, Judy encourages participants to share memories that touched them the most. This event begins at 7 p.m. at West Bloomfield Township Library – Main Library Meeting Room, and is free. For more information, call 248.232.2313.
April 30 – May 3 in Jackson
Storytellers from across the county will bring their special stories to Jackson, where audiences of all ages share in the laughter, tears and memories. Events for the 27th annual event with “Stories to Tickle, Tug and Touch You,” will be held throughout downtown Jackson. Visit the website
for more details.
Besa: A Code of Honor
Through May 11 in Farmington Hills
The Holocaust Memorial Center presents this photographic exhibit exploring the Muslim Albanians who rescued Jews during the Holocaust. The Albanian concept of besa is an honor code that pledges all Albanians to offer safe harbor to refugees, even at great risk to themselves. During the Holocaust, Albanians – 70 percent of whom were Muslim – saved more than 2,000 Jews, welcoming them as guests and providing food, shelter and even alternate identities. This exhibit is free with regular museum admission. For more information, visit www.holocaustcenter.org
Author Presentation: Steve Luxenberg
April 10 in St. Joseph
Join the St. Joseph Public Library and high school for a Great Michigan Read community event featuring author Steve Luxenberg. His book, Annie’s Ghosts
, is a true story of family secrets – part memoir, part detective story and part history – involving Detroit’s mental institution, Eloise Hospital. This event is free and open to the public, and begins at 7 p.m. This author presentation is underwritten by the St. Joseph Public Schools Foundation, Michigan Humanities Council and St. Joseph Public Library.
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.