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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.

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MHC Funded EventSelling Nahma

Through 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.

MHC Funded EventPlay: Red Jacket 1913

Aug. 14-15 in Calumet
In 1990/91, Charles Solomon, then a student at Kalamazoo College and intern at the Calumet Theatre, wrote a play titled “No More Games.” The serious play took place in Calumet during the Great Strike of 1913. Now with permission, the Calumet Theatre has completed the development of this play and debuts it Aug. 14-15. This is a moving drama about the lives of a family of four and the challenges endured during the 1913 Copper Miner’s Strike. The play begins at 7:30 p.m. both evenings. For more information, visit www.calumettheatre.com or call 906.337.2610.

Rendezvous at the Straits Powwow

Aug. 22-24 in St. Ignace
The St. Ignace Visitors Bureau hosts this family event celebrating the history of the St. Ignace area at the Father Marquette National Memorial, off US-2 west of I-75 in St. Ignace. The event will include a French voyager re-enactment and also a traditional Powwow. Visit the French encampments, watch demonstrations, visit vendors displaying authentic wares, and enjoy the sights and sounds of native dancing and drumming ceremonies. For more information, including admission prices, visit the event page here.

Friday Night at the Museums

Through 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.


Folktales, Fairy Tales and Fables

Aug. 9 in Gladwin
Relax in the shade and enjoy folktales, fairy tales and fables for all ages told by the Mid-Michigan Area Story Tellers. The Mainstreet Misfits, a local musical group, will also entertain with music from days gone by. This program runs from 2-3:30 p.m. at Stone Cottage Gardens, 3740 Willford Rd., Gladwin 48624. In case of rain, the event will be held in the barn. For more information, contact Carol Garner at sdcagarner@yahoo.com or 989.506.8829.

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.


Harbor History Talk: Rebuilding the Buhl

Aug. 7 in Harbor Springs
The Harbor Springs Area Historical Society hosts a special encore presentation of Andy Bowman’s talk, Rebuilding the Buhl, on Aug. 7 at 5 p.m. Bowman is an experienced plane builder and restorer and will speak about his work rebuilding a 1928 Buhl Airsedan CA-3C. The Airsedan was one of several planes manufactured by the Buhl Aircraft Company of Detroit between 1925 and 1931. This event will be held at the Holy Childhood Community Center in Harbor Springs; admission is $5 or free for HSAHS members. For more information, call 231.526.9771.

Women of WWII: America’s Secret Weapon

Aug. 7 in Elk Rapids
The Elk Rapids Area Historical Society presents this talk with Dan Packer on the unique roles of women for the United States war effort, including their enlistment into the force and their participation from home. The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. at the former Elk Rapids United Methodist Church. Admission is a suggested donation of $5 for adults and $2 for students. For more information, call 231.264.5692 or visit www.elkrapidshistory.org.

Club Manitou and Ponytail

Aug. 28 in Harbor Springs
The Harbor Springs Area Historical Society welcomes Rick Wiles for its monthly Harbor History Talk series this month. Wiles will talk about the rich and turbulent history of Club Manitou, Northern Michigan’s most famous “speakeasy,” and the teen club, Club Ponytail. This event begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Harbor Springs History Museum. Admission is $5 or free for HSAHS members. Reservations are appreciated by calling 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.

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

Sparta Celtic Festival

Aug. 9 in Sparta
The Sparta Celtic Festival is a free, family friendly event focused on the expression of Celtic heritage. Located at Roger’s Park in Sparta, this festival offers music, food and merchants with a Celtic focus. The events run from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, visit www.spartacelticfest.org.

Tilling the Soil: African American Genealogy Series

Aug. 16 in Grand Rapids
The Grand Rapids Public Library presents this teen event where teens will interview relatives to obtain interesting family stories that provide valuable information for tracing family roots. This event is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Main Library in downtown Grand Rapids. Admission is free. For more information, call 616.988.5400 or visit www.grpl.org.

Yassou! Greek Cultural Festival

Aug. 22-24 in Grand Rapids
This event from Experience Grand Rapids is an annual celebration of the Greek heritage featuring an assortment of authentic Greek food, live music and dancing with Detroit-based band The Levendes. The event will be held at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Grand Rapids. For times and daily schedules, visit www.grgreekfest.com.

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 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 EventMichigan Shakespeare Festival

Through Aug. 17 in Jackson
The Michigan Shakespeare Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary season with three productions at the Baughman Theatre in the Potter Center of Jackson Community College. The featured plays include Hamlet – Prince of Denmark, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, and Shakespeare’s romantic adventure Cymbeline. To purchase tickets and find more information, visit www.michiganshakespearefestival.com.

Kolobok: Russian Rod-Puppet Show

Aug. 2, 9, 16, 17 at 2 p.m. in Detroit
Aug. 14 at 10 a.m. in Detroit
This story is well known in America as The Gingerbread Man, but in Scandinavia as The Pancake Man. In this production, the adventures of Kolobok are seen through the eyes of two forest creatures, performed by live actors who bring to life the floor puppet animals in traditional Russian costumes. The bright, cheerful colors of the scenery and costumes help create an atmosphere of a magical forest. With originally composed music and lyrics, this musical event is great for all ages. The event admission is $5-10 and is held at PuppertART Theater (25, E. Grand River in Detroit). To RSVP, call 313.961.7777 or visit www.puppetart.org.

World Tournament of Historic Base Ball

Aug. 9-10 in Dearborn
Experience the original passion of America’s national pastime during this two-day event at The Henry Ford’s Greenfield Village. Each year they commemorate Detroit’s 1867 World Base Ball Tournament with a gathering of teams that play America’s game by those long-ago rules. For pricing information and additional information, please visit the event page here.

African World Festival

Aug. 15-17 in Detroit
The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History presents the 32nd Annual African World Festival, “Higher Ground.” The festival runs Aug. 15-17, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, and is a free celebration of African culture and entertainment. For a full listing of activities and more information, visit www.awfdetroit.com.

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.


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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