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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Smithsonian: Journey Stories Exhibit
Through Jan. 24 in Curtis
The Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition Journey Stories
begins its fourth Michigan stop in November with a visit to the Erickson Center for the Arts in Curtis. This national exhibit explores the individual stories that illustrate the critical roles travel and movement have played in building our diverse American culture. Through the hosting period, the center has arranged for a number of additional public events such as scholar conversations, historian lectures and re-enactments. For more information on the exhibit in Curtis, visit www.ericksoncenter.org
The Longyear Legacy
Through Dec. 28 in Marquette
The Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition Journey Stories begins its fourth Michigan stop in November with a visit to the Erickson Center for the Arts in Curtis. This national exhibit explores the individual stories that illustrate the critical roles travel and movement have played in building our diverse American culture. While hosting this national exhibit, the center has arranged for a number of additional public events such as scholar conversations, historian lectures and re-enactments. For more information on the exhibit in Curtis, visit www.ericksoncenter.org
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Michigan Folksong Legacy: "Grand" Discoveries from the Great Depression
Through Jan. 3 in Traverse City
Dennos Museum Center hosts this traveling statewide exhibit celebrating the 75th anniversary of folk music collector Alan Lomax's journey through Michigan. The exhibit can be seen seven days a week at the museum; admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children. For more information, visit www.dennosmuseum.org
Stories We Tell
Dec. 2 in Traverse City
In relationship to the Great Michigan Read Annie's Ghosts, the Peninsula Library is showing the film "Stories We Tell" (PG-13). In the film, director Sarah Polley investigates the secrets in her own family by interviewing relatives for their versions of family history. The showing will be followed by an audience-driven discussion, facilitated by Rich Brauer, a Michigan Filmmaker of the Year. The film will begin at 7 p.m. For more information, call the library at (231) 223-7700.
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
Storm of 1913 RememberedThrough Jan. 12 in Port Huron
The Port Huron Museum recalls life and times, the science and storm, and the recovery and stories of the Great Storm of 1913 through this public exhibit. Complementing public programs are held each Saturday during the exhibit display, with authors, historians and Lake Lore enthusiasts. Admission to the museum is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, $5 for students and free for children under 4. For more information, visit www.phmuseum.org
Great Michigan Read Author EventsJan. 28-29 in Saginaw, Midland and Mt. Pleasant
Great Michigan Read author Steve Luxenberg will make a series of stops in the Great Lakes Bay Region to discuss his book, Annie's Ghosts. All events are free and open to the public. On Jan. 28, Luxenberg will be at Swan Valley High School in Saginaw at 9 a.m., followed by a noon event at the Castle Museum. At 7 p.m. that evening, he will be in Midland for a discussion at the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library. An event in Mt. Pleasant on Jan. 29 is yet to be determined. These events are part of a statewide tour for the Great Michigan Read. For the full schedule, related partner events and program information, visit the website 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.
Night at Your MuseumDec. 27 in Grand Rapids
Based on the popular movies, Night at Your Museum will include Medieval knights dueling with swords, Native American performances of ceremonial dances in full regalia, and Civil War soldiers reenacting skirmishes. Guests will receive a souvenir flashlight and honorary security badge upon admittance to the dimly-lit museum. Visitors will become a part of the drama that unfolds as characters from the exhibits come to life on all three floors of the museum. Tickets are $20 a person and include dinner. The event runs from 6-9 p.m. For more information, visit www.grmuseum.org/NightatYourMuseum
Christmas In Ida: Family Concert SeriesDec. 6 in Ida
The Christmas in Ida Family Concert Series opens its doors to the world on Friday, Dec. 6 with a commemorative concert featuring the Saline Fiddlers. Performing traditional bluegrass, western swing, Celtic and Christmas music, the Saline Fiddlers present a positive influence by today's wholesome American youth. The ensemble will perform at the St. Joseph Catholic Church and is funded in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and Michigan Humanities Council. This concert is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.christmasinida.com
Liberation Film Series presents "Slavery by Another Name"Dec. 14 in Detroit
The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History's Liberation Film Series presents a free screening of "Slavery by Another Name," accompanied by the community conversation The Historical and Increasing Criminalization of Blacks in American Society, led by Dr. Talitha LeFlouria (Assistant Professor of History, Florida Atlantic University) and Dr. Kidada Williams (Associate Professor of History, Wayne State University). The film and discussion will be held from 2-6 p.m. in the museum's General Motors Theater. For more information, visit www.thewright.org
Let's Talk About It: Muslim JourneysJanuary – February in East Lansing Registration due by Dec. 15
MSU Libraries is ready to begin a five-part reading and discussion series on Muslim Journeys: Pathways to Faith. This is a program of the National Endowment for the Humanities and American Library Association, and is supported locally by the Michigan Humanities Council. The five discussions will be held at the MSU Main Library on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m., with discussion led by Associate Professor Mohammad Khalil. Those interested in participating should register by Dec. 15 to project director Deborah Margolis at email@example.com
or (517) 884-0892.
Exhibits for the SesquicentennialThrough Dec. 29 in Monroe
The 150th anniversary of the Civil War continues! The Monroe County Historical Museum has many different topics from the Civil War currently on display – photography, women's accessories, children's wear, flag finial eagle and much more, including a hands-on children's section. For more information on the museum and its exhibits, visit the website here
Diet Eman: "Things We Couldn't Say"Dec. 12 in Wayland
Diet Eman and her fiancé worked in the resistance during WWII and were instrumental in hiding many Jews. They were eventually caught and sent to one of many camps where Diet's fiancé died, but she lived to tell her story. This event is presented as part of the Great Michigan Read, and will begin at 7 p.m. at the Henika District Library in Wayland. For more information, call the library at (269) 792-2891.
Southwest Michigan in the Civil WarThrough Dec. 2014 in St. Joseph
The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center present this exhibit exploring the life of a local soldier – from recruitment to training camp and arrival on the battlefield for the Civil War. Hands-on elements are included for younger visitors. Admission is $5 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.