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A National Day of Racial Healing

Today, MHC is proudly joining the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) and their partners in acknowledging a National Day of Racial Healing. The day is part of WKKF’s larger Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation effort, intended to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change to address the historic and

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Talking Service: Coming Home

There are common elements of  military service reaching back from Iraq and Afghanistan to the Second World War and beyond. In Homer’s Odyssey, Odysseus returns home from the Trojan War to find his wife no longer recognizes him. How true this is in our era of repeated deployments to remote

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Talking Service in Michigan

Below is a letter to veterans from Benjamin Busch, a former United States Marine who served two combat tours in Iraq, writer, filmmaker, photographer, and actor, who will facilitate Talking Service discussion groups in Kalamazoo and Dearborn this fall. To learn more and to register for this free program, please

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Voices of Latino Youth in Grand Rapids

Allison Palm is graduate student earning her Master’s degree in Public Administration and Nonprofit Leadership and Management at Grand Valley State University. She is currently the Development and Community Relations intern at Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities. The voices of the Roosevelt Park Neighborhood have always been hushed. The Latino

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Albion’s West Ward School: From Segregation to Civil Rights

Dr. Wesley Arden Dick, Professor of History at Albion College, specializes in civil rights history and co-teaches, with Leslie Dick, a first-year seminar entitled “A Sense of Place: Albion & the American Dream.” He is Second Vice President of the Albion Branch NAACP and is working on the West Ward

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Germans and Latinos of Lenawee: Finding Home

Amy Johnson served as Project Director for the Heritage Grant project, “Germans and Latinos of Lenawee: Finding Home”, from June 2015-June 2016, sponsored by the Lenawee County Historical Society of Adrian, Michigan. As an undergrad at Adrian College, Johnson was an intern at the Lenawee County Historical Museum, where she studied

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Anishnaabek – Odawa/Ottowa Journey Towards Understanding

On July 18th, I had the privilege of accompanying over a dozen Michigan Public School teachers on a journey to historical sites in Ohio, Michigan, and Ontario. The sites commemorate battles in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, in which Native Americans were heavily involved in territorial struggles between

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Familia, Comida, Historias, Y Obras | Family, Food, Stories, and Works

The committee members for Día De Los Muertos: Nuestras Historias, Our (Hi)Stories, are: Myrna Segura, Southwest Business Association; Mayte Penman, Southwest Solutions VISTA Project; Erin and Monte Martinez, Visual Artists and Educators; Kia Ixchel Arriaga, Artist and Educator; and Erika Villarreal Bunce, Director of Programs Living Arts; with support from

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A Hero in Flint

Geri Alumit Zeldes, Ph.D., is an associate professor and graduate studies director in MSU’s School of Journalism, and the project director for “Hubert: His-Story.” Dr. Zeldes has won seven best paper awards, and more than two dozen honors for her documentary films and other creative scholarship, including a Telly, two regional

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Never Alone in Detroit

Kathryn Gross, Project Director for Never Alone in Detroit, has over 30 years of experience in education.  She teaches at Loyola High School in Detroit, and is an adjunct professor at the University of Detroit Mercy.  Developing curriculum and support systems for underserved populations in the City of Detroit, she

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Heritage Grants Orientation, June 16, 2016

On Thursday, June 16, 2016, MHC convened representatives from the 28 organizations that received Heritage Grants this year. Our visitors traveled from Detroit, Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor, Flint, Alpena, Muskegon, Holland, and more…We even had three yoopers who came all the way down from Hancock, Baraga, and Escanaba! Over sandwiches and

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Last Minute Grant Writing Tips

With the Heritage Grants deadline approaching on March 21, many applicants are thinking about how to best position their applications for success. Keeping in mind MHC’s process and audience for your application can help avoid unnecessary work. One challenge of writing a strong grant proposal is to describe the significance

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Black Voices from Copper Country

The Michigan Technological University Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections is midway through its heritage grant project, Black Voices in the Copper Country, which examines the social and cultural history of African-Americans in this remote part of Michigan’s northwestern Upper Peninsula. The Copper Country, still defined by the industrial copper

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Behold the Power of Objects

Museums have long used objects to reach and teach, and to draw their audiences closer. When the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society was presented with the opportunity to display a large private collection of Native artifacts last year, we jumped at the chance. This extensive collection includes bead work, quill

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Community Partnerships with Coldwater’s Yemeni American Community Aim to Promote Equity and Inclusion through Humanities Programming

Arab Americans with roots in Yemen, many of whom are Muslim, make up the City of Coldwater’s largest minority group. Like other migrants in the United States, Arab Americans often moved in search of better employment opportunities. According to one story, their arrival in the community during the first half

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Photographs and Public Programs help community learn from Japanese-American History during WWII

Marilyn Wheaton is director of the Marshall M. Frederick’s Sculpture Museum in Saginaw. In this post, she reflects their Heritage Grant project, which explored history, racial inequality, and the meaning of equity through an exhibit and public programs. As a museum director, I think a lot about the quality and

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Nuestra Historia, Nuestra Voz: Youth in Grand Rapids Explore History and Identity through Art

Understanding one’s self and the nature of one’s identity can be tricky; there are a myriad of factors that influence who we are and why. Understanding the pieces of our identities is tough… and even more of a challenge when you are 17. Hispanic Center Youth Advocate Javier Jauregui understands

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Welcome to the Heritage Grants Blog

Welcome to the Heritage Grants Blog! Over the coming weeks, this space will feature stories, information, and resources about the Michigan Humanities Council’s Heritage Grants Program (HGP). Supported with a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the HGP awards grants to cultural organizations across Michigan that use the humanities and

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