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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (517) 372-7770.
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Muslim Journeys Discussions
March and April 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 March 11 and 18, and 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 email@example.com
Michigan Folksong Legacy: Grand Discoveries from the Great Depression
Through March 31 in Marquette
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
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.
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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 PerspectiveNow through May 2014 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 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.
The Air War Over the Pacific and Muskegon’s Ike KepfordMarch 10 in Muskegon
The Hackley Library and Muskegon County Community College present this event as part of their WWII Community Lecture Series. Join John Stephenson and Don Goodman as they speak about air combat and a war hero from Muskegon. The event runs from 6-8 p.m. at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum; admission is free for museum members and $5 for non-members. For more information, visit www.hackleylibrary.org
or call 231.722.7276.
Book Discussion: Annie's Ghosts
March 11 in Caledonia
In cooperation with Davenport University, a book discussion of Annie's Ghosts
will be held March 11 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Caledonia Branch Library, 6260 92nd St., SE in Caledonia. This event is free and open to the public. Please contact Dr. Terri Tomaszek at 616.554.4719 for additional details.
Great Michigan Read @ Grand Rapids Public LibraryMarch 15 in Grand Rapids
The Grand Rapids Public Library – Main Branch – hosts a speaker series as part of Great Michigan Read programming. From 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., hear author DE Johnson discuss the history of Eloise hospital, Christy Buck on the history of early mental health practices, and Don Bryant on genealogy. This event is free of charge. With questions, contact Melissa Fox at 616.988.5402 x5467.
The Golden Era of Detroit Country MusicMarch 4 in Livonia
Did you know that the auto industry drove southern migration to Michigan in the mid-twentieth century, and that it helped create a burgeoning country music scene in Detroit? Musicians and music researchers Craig Makin and Keith Jason Cady take you on a romp through Detroit county music’s heyday in this discussion hosted by the Livonia Public Library. The program begins at 7 p.m. at the Livonia Civic Center Library, at 32777 Five Mile Road. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 734.466.2491 or visit www.livonia.lib.mi..us
War of 1812 Film Fest
March 4-9 in Monroe
River Raisin National Battlefield Park in Monroe hosts a War of 1812 Film Fest featuring “The Naval War of 1812 Illustrated,” making its Michigan debut, and “The War of 1812.” For a full listing of movies and times, visit the park website
Arab American Film FestivalMarch 6 in Ann Arbor
The Arab American National Museum invites you to the opening of the annual Arab Film Festival on March 6. The opening will be held that evening at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor at 7:30 p.m.; all other screenings on March 7-8 will be at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn. The museum will show multiple films completed by Arab/Arab Americans that are rare, exciting and passionate. For a complete listing of films, to view trailers or purchase tickets, visit the website here
. For more information, call David Serio at 313.624.0239.
Who You Calling Crazy?March 19 in Wyandotte
Oakland Community College History Professor Emeritus Dennis Fiems examines the crazy ways mentally ill people have been diagnosed and treated through world history. This event is an accompaniment to the Great Michigan Read book, Annie’s Ghosts
, and is presented by the Bacon Memorial District Library. The program is free and begins at 7 p.m. at the library – for more information, please call 734.246.8357.
Live Music @ Royal Oak Public LibraryMarch 22 in Royal Oak
Comprised of local musicians, the Woodward Corridor Musicians was organized to present chamber music concerts to diverse communities along the Woodward Corridor, from Downtown Detroit through suburbs to Pontiac. The group’s mission is to create a musical environment in which urban and suburban communities will enjoy coming together. The Royal Oak Public Library hosts this clarinet quartet and flute ensemble that will perform a variety of music. This event begins at 3 p.m. and is free of charge. For more information, contact Mary Ann DeKane at 248.246.3714.
Omide Farda Cultural Show
March 29 in Ann Arbor
Join in a celebration of the Persian New Year with the Persian Students Association at the University of Michigan. Witness the marvels of Persian culture, including beautiful poetry, classical and modern musical and dance performances, as well as this year’s comedian, Eslam Shams, on a night all about celebrating the Persian culture. The event is held at the Power Center for Performing Arts in Ann Arbor at 7 p.m. Ticket prices are $10 for balcony seats and $15 for main floor. To purchase tickets, visit the Michigan Union Ticket Office page
39th Annual Kalamazoo Living History Show
March 15-16 in Kalamazoo
Yankee Doodle Muzzle Loaders, Inc. of Indiana presents this living history show, the largest, nationally recognized juried show in the Midwest devoted to pre-1890 original or reproduction living history supplies, accoutrements and crafts. The show runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 15, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 16, at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center. Admission is $7/day or $10 for a weekend pass. For more information, visit www.kalamazooshow.com
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.